Special Notice

February 2019

On 26 October 2018 the President of Sri Lanka sought to dismiss the Prime Minister, leading to a period of political instability. There have been political demonstrations in Colombo, which are likely to continue and may happen at short notice. Exercise vigilance and avoid all demonstrations or large political gatherings.

Introduction

Summary

Island off the southeast coast of India, formerly known as Ceylon.

Cities

Capital: Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte; Colombo (commercial capital).

Principal Ports

Colombo

Population

21.4 million

International Country Code

LK

Language(s)

Sinhala and Tamil (official), English

Religion

Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Muslim

Literacy Rate

91.2%

Weights and Measures

Metric

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