Sri Lanka in Brief

This is an island of magical proportions, once known as Serendib, Taprobane, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, and Ceylon. Discover the Wonder of Asia !

Set in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, the tropical island nation of Sri Lanka has a history dating back to the birth of time. It is a place where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where nature’s beauty remains abundant and unspoilt.

Few places in the world can offer the traveller such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location. Within a mere area of 65,610 kilometers lie 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330 kilometers of coastline – much of it pristine beach – 15 national parks showcasing an abundance of wildlife, nearly 500,000 acres of lush tea estates, 250 acres of botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls, 25,000 water bodies, to a culture that extends back to over 2,500 years.


Official Name : Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Government Type : Republic
Location : Latitude 60 55, to 90 50 north. Longitude 790 42 to 810 52
Currency Code : Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
Independence : 4 February, 1948
Administrative Capital : Sri Jayawardenepura
Commercial Capital : Colombo
Population : 21, 128, 773
Population Growth Rate : 1.3%
Population Density : 309 people per sq km
Life Expectancy at Birth : 74 Female, 64 Male
Literacy Rate : Female 87.9 Male 92.5
Time Zone
Sri Lanka Standard Time is five and a half hours ahead of GMT (Allow ance should be made for summer-time charges in Europe)
Exports
Aquarium Fish, Ceramic and Porcelain products, Chemicals and Plastic products, Coconut and Coconut based products, Diamonds, Gems and Jewellery, Engineering products, Fish and Fisheries products, Food & Beverages, Footwear and Leather products, Floriculture, Fruits and Vegetables, Giftware, Handloom and Household Textiles, Organic products, Rubber and Rubber based products, Spices and allied products, Ships and Boats, Tea, Textiles and Garments, Wooden products
Imports
Machinery and Equipment, Petroleum Products, Motor Vehicles, Synthetic Yarn, Fabrics, Wheat, Fertilizer, Chemicals, Building Materials, Foodstuff
Services
ICT and software development services, Electronics, Construction services, Construction related services (Architecture / Quantity Surveying etc.), Accounting and financial services, Financial intermediation, insurance and auxiliary services, Legal services, Health services, Ayurvedic Services, Engineering Services, Research and development services, Water transport services (ship building/ ship repairing), Education services, Printing services including pre-press services, Recreational, cultural and supporting services, Other professional, technical and business services