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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka
Standards
Road Traffic:left side
Electricity:
Voltage:230V
Frequency:50 Hz
Plug types:D,
TV Systems:
System:PAL B
DVD-Region: 5
Geography
Bordering countries:

Location:
Southern Asia, island in the Indian Ocean, south of India
Area:
total: 65,610 sq km
land: 64,740 sq km
water: 870 sq km
Climate:
tropical monsoon; northeast monsoon (December to March); southwest monsoon (June to October)
Terrain:
mostly low, flat to rolling plain; mountains in south-central interior
Economy
GDP: $85.34 billion (2005 est.)
GDP growth rate: 5.6% (2005 est.)
GDP per capita: $4,300 (2005 est.)
Inflation rate: 11.6% (2005 est.)
Currency: Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
Exchange rates:
Sri Lankan rupees per US dollar - 100.498 (2005), 101.194 (2004), 96.521 (2003), 95.662 (2002), 89.383 (2001)
People
Population:
note: since the outbreak of hostilities between the government and armed Tamil separatists in the mid-1980s, several hundred thousand Tamil civilians have fled the island and more than 200,000 Tamils have sought refuge in the West (July 2006 est.)
Growth rate: 0.78% (2006 est.)
Religions:
Buddhist 69.1%, Muslim 7.6%, Hindu 7.1%, Christian 6.2%, unspecified 10% (2001 census provisional data)
Languages:
note: English is commonly used in government and is spoken competently by about 10% of the population
Government
Capital:
name: Colombo
time difference: UTC+5.5 (10.5 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
note: Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte (legislative capital)
Independence:
4 February 1948 (from UK)


Note: Information on Sri Lanka was mainly sourced from CIA's World Factbook and may represent an American point of view. To learn more about Sri Lanka, please visit one of the links below.


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