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Sri Lanka

Flag: Sri Lanka
Geography
 
Location:Island in the Indian Ocean, south of India
Area:Total: 65,610 sq km Land: 64,740 sq km Water: 870 sq km
Land boundaries:None
Map: Sri Lanka
Climate:Tropical monsoon; northeast monsoon (December to March); southwest monsoon (June to October)
People
 
Population:20,926,315 (July 2007 est.)
Age structure:0-14 years: 24.3% (male 2,596,295/female 2,495,949) 15-64 years: 67.9% (male 6,947,310/female 7,259,271) 65 years and over: 7.8% (male 765,507/female 861,983) (2007 est.)
Ethnic groups:Sinhalese 73.8%, Sri Lankan Moors 7.2%, Indian Tamil 4.6%, Sri Lankan Tamil 3.9%, other 0.5%, unspecified 10% (2001 census provisional data)
Religions:Buddhist 69.1%, Muslim 7.6%, Hindu 7.1%, Christian 6.2%, unspecified 10% (2001 census provisional data)
Languages:Sinhala (official and national language) 74%, Tamil (national language) 18%, other 8%
Government
 
Government type:Republic
Capital:Colombo
Independence:4 February 1948 (from UK)
Legal system:A highly complex mixture of English common law, Roman-Dutch, Islamic, Sinhalese, and customary law
Economy
 
GDP (purchasing power parity):$95.46 billion (2006 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP):$4,700 (2006 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:Agriculture: 16.5% industry: 27.1% services: 56.5% (2006 est.)
Industries:Processing of rubber, tea, coconuts, tobacco and other agricultural commodities; telecommunications, insurance, banking; clothing, textiles; cement, petroleum refining
Currency (code):Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)




This article was compiled with the aid of the CIA World Fact book.



 
 
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