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To the south coast of the Indian subcontinent is the nation of Sri Lanka located. Formally the nation is known as The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Earlier the country was known as Ceylon Sri Lanka till 1972. It is a division of South Asia. The nation is bounded with Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk canal, and is situated in the neighborhood of the countries India and the Maldives. The nation of Sri Lanka has considered marine bond among West Asia and South East Asia. Sri Lanka has significant position in the earliest Silk Road. For Buddhist religion Sri Lanka is the hub. The larger part of people belongs to Sinhalese community. Moors, Burghers, Kaffirs, Malays and the native Vedda are the different communities in Sri Lanka. Sri Jayawardenapura-Kotte is the capital city of the country. The nation is republic and a unitary state. It is semi-presidential system. The major export products are tea, coffee, coconuts, rubber and cinnamon. The Pearl of the Indian Ocean is the major exquisiteness of the country of Sri Lanka. In the world the Sri Lanka nation has greatest documented records. The country initiated as a member state of SAARC and also was a member of United Nations, Commonwealth of Nations, G77 and Non-Aligned Movement.

Sri Lanka Recreation, Culture and Attractions

The Sri Lankan culture is about 2500 years old. The Sinhalese and the Tamil are native traditions of the nation of Sri Lanka. Later British colonial culture was also a part of Sri Lanka. The country has preserved a lot of its primeval, affluent feature. The religion in the country of Sri Lanka is dominated by the Dutch, the Portuguese and the British. The history in Sri Lanka has gone through a remarkable creation. Arts and crafts in Sri Lanka are largely influenced by the Buddhist culture. Painting, sculpture and architecture are very famous here. The frescoes are the art of cave and temple paintings can be seen in temples in Dambulla and Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. Wooden handicrafts, clay pottery, lacework and Batik print are very famous in Sri Lanka. Sports are much liked in Sri Lanka. Cricket has a significant role in Sri Lankan sports. Cricket is considered as the main sport in Sri Lanka. Galle, Kandy, Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruva, Dambulla cave temple and Lion King Singahraja tropical rain forest are the seven world heritage sites located in the country of Sri Lanka. The other attractions of Sri Lanka nation are Peak Wilderness Sanctuary, Horton Plains and Knuckles Range. There are many beaches and national parks in Sri Lanka which are often visited by the tourist. Tourists in Sri Lanka like it for its natural exquisiteness.

Sri Lanka Demographics

Sri Lanka Total population - 21,283,913
Sri Lanka Male population - 10,419,840
Sri Lanka Female population - 10,864,073
Sri Lanka Sinhalese population - 15,707,527
Sri Lanka Sri Lankan Moors population - 1,532,441
Sri Lanka Indian Tamil population - 979,059
Sri Lanka Sri Lankan Tamil population - 830,072
Sri Lanka Others population - 106,419
Sri Lanka Unspecified population - 2,128,391

Sri Lanka Education

The education in the country of Sri Lanka is majorly classified into five parts. They are primary, junior secondary, senior secondary, collegiate and tertiary. The Primary education consumes five to six years. A Scholarship exam or national exam after the completion of primary education can be taken. This test helps the student to upgrade the school. The junior secondary level or middle school needs 4 years of education. Next two years is the secondary education. The General Certificate of Education (G.C.E) Ordinary Level (O/Ls) is the exam which student has to qualify to enter the college education. The mandatory education required for a candidate in Sri Lanka is till grade 9. To enter a university a student must clear GCE A/Ls. The Ministry of Education provides the funds required for schools. The medium of instructions in Sri Lanka are majorly Sinhala or Tamil. Colleges prefer three medium of instructions including English.

Sri Lanka Symbols

Sri Lanka state Flag
Sri Lanka Flag
Sri Lanka state Flower
Sri Lanka Flower
Nil Manel or blue water lily or Nymphaea stellata
Sri Lanka state Bird
Sri Lanka Bird
Jungle Fowl
Sri Lanka state Mammal
Sri Lanka Mammal
Sri Lanka state Tree
Sri Lanka Tree
Ceylon Ironwood or Naa
Sri Lanka state Song
Sri Lanka Song
'Mother Lanka we worship Thee!'
Sri Lanka state Emblem
Sri Lanka Emblem
Gold Lion Passant
Sri Lanka state Butterfly
Sri Lanka Butterfly
Troides darsius

Sri Lanka History

The past of Sri Lanka started about 30,000 years ago. At that time primarily the island was occupied. The past is mostly known from the archives like the Mahawansa, the Dipavamsa, the Culavamsa and the Rajaveliya. It shows the past like that of the Sinhalese monarchy in the 6th century BC along with the coming of European Colonialists in the 16th century and to the depriving of the kingdom in 1815. The Portuguese, Dutch and British powered the Sri Lankan nation from the 16th century. From the Anuradhapura to Kandy periods the country of Sri Lanka was controlled by nearly 181 kings. After 1815 there was British colonial rule in Sri Lanka. This continued till 1948. In 1818 it participated in Uva Rebellion and in 1848 it participated in Matale Rebellion. Finally in 1948 the nation achieved its freedom. Sinhalese moved around from India to Sri Lanka in about 500 BC. The pioneer to enter the nation was Vijaya. In 260 BC Buddhism was initiated in Sri Lanka. Dutthagamani amalgamated several states of Sri Lanka into one single. Anuradhapura was the primary capital of Sri Lankan kingdom. Huge reservoir and irrigation canals were constructed by King Mahensa. The nation was swiftly developed and was one of the wealthy nations. It was in dealings with other countries like India, China, Persia and Ethiopia. Portuguese entered Sri Lanka in 1505. Trade of cinnamon was initiated by them. The Portuguese occupied Kotte in 1597 and Sitavaka. Jaffna was taken over by Portuguese in 1619. Kandy in spite of numerous attacks by Portuguese in 1594, 1603 and 1629 continued its independence. The battle of Gannoruwa initiated the war among the Dutch and the Portuguese. In 1656 The Dutch overpowered the Portuguese and captured Colombo. Tincomalee on east was occupied by Dutch in 1655. A war with independent Kandy was started in 1760. This resulted in Dutch victory over Kandy. The Dutch rule came to an end in 1796. This was start of British Colonialism in Sri Lanka. By 1815 it took possession of Kandy. In 1817-18 there was an unsuccessful revolt in Kandy in opposition to British. In 1844 Slavery was eradicated. In 1919 the Ceylon National Congress was structured. A new constitution was approved in 1931. On 4 February 1948 the country of Sri Lanka achieved its freedom. Disagreements among the Sinhalese and the Tamils were started. A fresh constitution was established in 1972. Formally the name of country was upgraded from Ceylon to Sri Lanka in 1972. A civil war commenced in 1983. Later a guerrilla war in opposition to the government was scrapped by Tamils. A peacekeeping force from India was driven. But they vacated in 1990 and the warfare was again started. A cease fire initiated in 2002 for peace was in vain. The Sri Lankan government conquered the Tamil Tigers in 2009. Sri Lanka is a country with huge prospective. Tourism is major sector for the economy of the nation.

Sri Lanka Tourism

The main sector in the country of Sri Lanka is tourism. The country is well known for its beaches, National Parks and its traditional destination. Mostly the visitors to Sri Lanka come from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Maldives, Japan, The People's Republic of China, and India. The peak point of Sri Lanka is Pidurutalagala and it lies at 2,524 meters or 8,281 ft above sea level. Galle, Kandy, Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruva, Dambulla cave temple and Lion King Singahraja tropical rain forest are the seven world heritage sites situated in Sri Lanka. The other renowned places in Sri Lanka are Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihar, Wilderness Sanctuary, Horton Plains and Knuckles Range. The capital city of Colombo is largely visited. Negombo, Mount Lavinia, Kalutara, Bentota, Ambalangoda, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Weligama, Mirissa, Matara, Tangalle, Arugam Bay, Nilaveli & Uppuveli and Trincomalee are the beaches located in and around Sri Lanka. Anuradapura, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Kandy, Galle, Dambulla, Maligawila, Yapahuwa are few of the Archeological Sites of Sri Lanka. Some of the national Parks of the country of Sri Lanka are Yala National Park, Udawalawe National Park, Kumana National Park, Bundala National Park, Wasgamuwa National Park, Wilpattu National Park, Minneriya National Park, Horton Plains National Park and Mullaitive National Park.

Sri Lanka Transportation

The transport system in Sri Lanka majorly comprises of airways, waterways, roadways and railways. The main structure of transport system is made up of the road network. The rail network has British colonial influence on it. In Katunayake which 22 miles north of Colombo the chief international airport is situated. The roadways are maintained in a superior condition. The total railway tracks in the country cover an area of nearly 1,450 km or 901 mi. The nation's railway network is supervised by Sri Lanka Government Railway. All the provinces of Sri Lanka can be linked by the railways. The steep mountains of the Sri Lankan highlands can be viewed from the railway in Sri Lanka. There are several newly constructed Expressways in Sri Lanka. The public mostly relies on buses. Sri Lanka Transport Board manages the bus transport in country. Waterways allow the nation to trade easily. The nation has ports in Colombo, Galle, and Trincomalee and Kankesanturai. The biggest and the busiest port in Sri Lanka is the one located in Colombo. There are around 14 airports in Sri Lanka. Bandaranaike International Airport is the single International Airport of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Taxes

Sri Lanka Country Income Tax Rate - 35%
Sri Lanka Country Corporate Tax Rate - 35%
Sri Lanka Country Sales Tax / VAT Rate - 12%
Sri Lanka Country German Technical Cooperation Tax - 1.46%
Sri Lanka Country Rental Income Tax - 6.62%

Sri Lanka Universities

University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka - 11,604 Students
University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - 11,065 Students
University of Jaffna, Jaffna, Sri Lanka - 5,800 Students
University of Ruhuna, Matara & Galle, Sri Lanka - 6366 Students
Open University, Nawala, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka - 24,697 Students
Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Balangoda, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka - 2500 Students
Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka, Pitipana North, Homagama, Sri Lanka - 800 Students
General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Ratmalana, Colombo, Sri Lanka - 350 Students

Sri Lanka Religions

Sri Lanka Buddhists Population is 69.1%
Sri Lanka Hindu Population is 7.1%
Sri Lanka Muslims Population is 7.6%
Sri Lanka Unspecified Population is 10%

Sri Lanka Provinces

Central, Sri Lanka - Population 2,423,966
Eastern, Sri Lanka - Population 1,419,602
North Central, Sri Lanka - Population 1,104,677
Northern, Sri Lanka - Population 1,040,963
North Western, Sri Lanka - Population 2,169,892
Sabaragamuwa, Sri Lanka - Population 1,801,331
Southern, Sri Lanka - Population 2,278,271
Uva, Sri Lanka - Population 1,177,358
Western, Sri Lanka - Population 5,381,197

Sri Lanka Parks

There are many national parks in Sri Lanka. They are Yala National Prak, Udawalawe National Park, Wasgomuwa National Park, Inginiyagala National Park, Lahugala National Park, Kumana National Park and Willpattu National Park. Yala is the largest national park in Sri Lanka. It is located on the Galle, Matara and Hambantota. Udawalawe National Park located on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, in Sri Lanka. Wasgomuwa national park is a natural park in the country of Sri Lanka. Lahugala National Park is one of the smallest national parks in the Sri Lanka. It has many Elephant and endemic birds of Sri Lanka. These all national parks are managed by the department of Wild Life and Conservation of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Government

Sri Lanka has democratic, socialist republic and it is a unitary state in South Asia. The country has semi-presidential system, with a combination of a presidential system and a parliamentary system. The country constitutes a parliamentary system governed by the Constitution of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka government has three branches they are Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches. The executive branch is governed by President of the country. President is the head of state, the commandant in chief of the armed forces, as well as head of government, and is generally elected for a six-year term. The legislative branch has 225-member legislature with 196 members elected in multi-seat voters and 29 by comparative representation. These members are elected adult suffrage based on an adapted comparative representation system by district to a six-year term. Judicial branch is consists of a Supreme Court. It is the highest and final higher court of record, a Court of Appeal, High Courts and a number of minor courts.

Sri Lanka Geography

The country of Sri Lanka is situated in middle of Indian Ocean. The island is located in the Southwest of Bay of Bengal. The latitudes and longitudes of the Sri Lanka nation are 5° and 10°N and 79° and 82°E respectively. The Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait divides the nation from the Indian subcontinent. Rama's Bridge or Adam's Bridge was infringed by a brutal storm in 1480. In South Sri Lanka the larger area is covered by the coastal plains. Pidurutalagala is the peak point of the nation located at 2,524 meters or 8,281 ft above sea level. The country's climate is mostly tropical and warm. The water area of Sri Lanka is 6.7 times that of its land area. There are 45 estuaries and 40 lagoons in the nation. The nation is popularly known for its source of pearls, jewels, spices, and tea. The total area of the Sri Lankan nation is 65,610 km2 or 25,332 sq mi. Colombo is the capital city of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Economy

Sri Lanka has strong economic development rates in recent years. The country Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita terms, it is fast of other countries in the South Asian region. Sri Lanka's main economic sectors are tourism, tea export, apparel, textile, rice production and other agricultural products. These economic sectors are external employment funds highly in foreign exchange, 90% of expatriate Sri Lankans reside in the Middle East. Sri Lanka gained their independence in 1948 from Briton. The country economy has been affected by natural disasters such as the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and a number of insurgences, such as the 1971, the 1987-89 and the 1983-2009 civil war. After the 1948 the country did not device any national plans or any policy on the economy. Sri Lanka's government was applied pro-left economic policies and practices during the period of 1970-77. The country faced bankruptcy, with debt reaching 101% of GDP in 2001. The pending currency disaster was stopped after the country reached a hasty ceasefire agreement with the LTTE and brokered large foreign loans. Currently the country develops the exporting fair trade tea to the UK and other countries. United States has the Sri Lanka's largest markets for garments, getting more than 63% of the country's total garment exports. India is the Sri Lanka's biggest trader with imports rate $835 million in 2002.