To the World from Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island nation in South Asia, located about 31 kilometers (18½ mi) off the southern coast of India. Popularly referred to as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean,[2] it is home to around twenty million people.

Due to its location in the path of major sea routes, Sri Lanka is a strategic naval link between West Asia and South East Asia, and has been a center of Buddhist religion and culture from ancient times. Today, the country is a multi-religious and multi-ethnic nation, with a quarter of the population following faiths other than Buddhism, notably Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. The Sinhalese community forms the majority of the population, with Tamils, who are mostly concentrated in the north and east of the island, forming the largest ethnic minority. Other communities include the Muslim Moors and Malays as well as Burghers.

65,525 sq km (25,299 sq miles).

19,007,000 (official estimate 2002).

Population Density
286 per sq km.

Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte (official). Population: 115,826 (2001). Colombo (commercial). Population: 642,020 (2001). Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte is only 10km (6 miles) from Colombo.

Sri Lanka is an island off the southeast coast of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is separated from India by the Indian Ocean, in which lies the chain of islands called Adams Bridge. Sri Lanka has an irregular surface with low-lying coastal plains running inland from the northern and eastern shores. The central and southern areas slope into hills and mountains. The highest peak is Pidurutalagala (2524m/8281ft).

Sinhala, Tamil and English.