Sri Lanka is an island of no great size, yet it has an extraordinary number of facets. As Sir Arthur C Clarke remarked: “The Island of Sri Lanka is a small universe; it contains as many variations of culture, scenery, and climate as some countries a dozen times its size . . . I find it hard to believe that there is any country which scores so highly in all departments – which has so many advantages and so few disadvantages.” Lovely beaches, beautiful landscapes, impressive ruins, a vibrant culture and charming people.
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Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Latitude 5° 55. to 9° 50. north, longitude 79° 42. to 81° 52., 650 km north of the equator
430 km north to south, 225 km east to west
Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
4 February 1948
Central, North Central, North Eastern, North Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Uva, Western, Eastern
Typically tropical, with a northeast monsoon (December to March) bringing rain and wet weather to the north and east, and a southwest monsoon (June to October) bringing rain and wet weather to the south and west
Mostly low, flat to rolling plain; mountains in south-central interior
The Sky Blue Water Lily (Nymphaea Nouchali).
309 people per sq km
74 female, 64 male
Female 87.9 Male 92.5
Sinhala (official and national language) 74%, Tamil (national language) 18%, other 8%
Note: English (a link language commonly) is used in government and spoken competently by about 10% of the population
Sri Lanka Standard Time is five and a half hours ahead of GMT
230 . 240 volts, 50 cycles AC. If you travel with a laptop computer bring a stabilizer
Yellow with two panels; the smaller hoist-side panel has two equal vertical bands of green (hoist side) and orange; the other panel is a large dark red rectangle with a yellow lion holding a sword, and there is a yellow Bo leaf in each corner; the yellow field appears as a border around the entire flag and extends between the two panels.