• Officially: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
  • Capital: Colombo

Facts

  • Population 21.2 million
  • Major languages: Sinhala, Tamil, English
  • Major religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 72 years (men), 78 years (women)
  • Currency: Sri Lankan rupee

Geography

  • Area: 65,610 sq km (25,332 sq miles)
  • A tropical island off the southern tip of India in the Indian Ocean

Notes

  • Sri LankaΒ gained independence in 1948, after nearly 150 years of British rule.

Overlanding

  • There is currently no ferry service to Sri Lanka. (April 2019)

Safety & Security

  • Tensions are high within the country. On the morning of 21 April 2019 (Easter), at least 8 coordinated bombing attacks struck multiple hotels and churches in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa. More than 250 people were killed and 450 others wounded.

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This page was last updated on 2021.03.18 by Robert Vinet