|Country Name Conventional long form||:||Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka|
|Conventional short form||:||Sri Lanka|
|Former Country Name||:||Former|
|Size||:||65,525 sq km|
Sri Lanka, is a free, independent and sovereign nation with a population of 18.774 million (1998 midyear estimates). Legislative power is exercised by a Parliament, elected by universal franchise on proportional representation basis. A President, who is also elected by the people, exercises executive power inclusive of defense. Sri Lanka enjoys a multi party system, and the people vote to elect a new government every six years.
National Flag of Sri Lanka is the Lion Flag. A Lion bearing a sword in its right hand is depicted in gold on red background with a yellow border. Four Bo leaves pointing inwards are at the four corners. Two vertical bands of green and orange at the mast end represent the minority ethnic groups. It is an adaptation of the standard of the last King of Sri Lanka.
The Blue Water Lily (Nymphaea stellata) is the National Flower
|Population density||:||309 people per sq km|
|Life expectancy at birth||:||74 female, 64 male|
|Languages||:||Sinhala & Tamil English is widely spoken throughout Sri Lanka, with the exception of remote villages.|
|Ethnic mix||:||Sihalese- 74 per cent; Tamil- 18 per cent; Muslim -7 per cent; Burgher (descendants of Dutch and Portuguese colonist) and others- 1 per cent|
|Religion||:||Buddhism- 70 per cent; Hinduism- 16 per cent; Christianity- 7 per cent; Islam-7 per cent|
|Annual per capita GNP||:||US$870|
|Industries||:||Processing of rubber, tea, coconuts, and other agricultural commodities; clothing, cement, petroleum refining, textiles, tobacco.|
|Agriculture – Products||:||Rice, sugarcane, grains, pulses, oilseed, roots, spices, tea, rubber, coconuts; milk, eggs, hides, meat.|
Sri Lanka follows decimal currency system in Rupees (Rs.) and cents (Cts.) with 100 cents equal to a rupee. Currency notes are available in the denominations of Rs. 2,10,20,50,100,200, 500 and 1000. Coins are issued in values of Cts.1,2,5,10, 25 and 50 and Rs.1,2,5 and 10. The intervention currency continuously will be the US Dollar.
|Visa||:||Residents from countries are issued visas on arrival. Consult your local Sri Lanka embassy, consulate, tourist office or your travel agent.|
|Working week||:||Sri Lanka works a five-day week, from Monday to Friday.|
|Business hours||:||Government offices 9.00 a.m. -5.00 p.m, Monday to Friday|
|Banks||:||9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. or 3.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday|
|Post office||:||8.30 a.m.- 5.00 p.m. Monday to Friday 8.30 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. on Saturday. The Central Mail Exchange, at D.R.Wijewardene Mawatha, Colombo 10, (Telephone: 326203) is open 24-hours.|
An island off the south-eastern cost shores of India, 880 km north of the equator, in the Indian Ocean.
Temples and Cultural Sites are considered scared. Visitors must not wear the following when entering See through clothesSleeveless Shirts
Three-quarter length trousers
Liquor is not served during Full Moon Poya days