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Overview of Sri Lanka


Officially name: The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Capital: Sri Jayawardenapura-Kotte

Largest city: Colombo

Official language: Sinhala, Tamil

Government: Democratic Socialist Republic


Sri Lanka is a country off the southern coast of the Indian subcontinent. The island of Sri Lanka lies in the Indian Ocean, to the southwest of the Bay of Bengal. It is separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait.


Total 65,610 km2 (122nd)
Water (%) 4.4


2009 estimate 20,238,000 (53rd)
Density 308.4/km2 (35th)
798.9/sq mi

Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)

Time zone

Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone (UTC+5:30)

Drives on the left

Internet TLD: .lk

Calling code: 94