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Sri lanka Fact File  

Country Full Name :   Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Area :   65,525 sq km
Location :  
An island off the south-eastern cost shores of India, 880 km north of the equator, in the Indian Ocean.
Population :   20,926,315
Capital :   Sri Jayewardenepura
Commercial Capital :   Colombo
Ethnic groups:   74% - Sinhalese, 18% -Tamils, 7% - Moors, 1% - Others
Religions:   70 % -Buddhist, 16 %- Hindu, 07 %- Muslim, 07 % Christian
Government :   Democratic. 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 powers including Defence. Sri Lanka enjoys a multi party system, and the people vote to elect a new government every six years
Literacy rate :   91.8%
Voltage:   230V 50Hz
Time Zone :   GMT/UTC + 05:30
Currency :   Sri Lanka follows the decimal currency system in Rupees (Rs.) and cents (Cts.) One Rupee is made up of 100 cents. Currency notes come in the denominations of Rs10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 and 2,000. Coins are issued in values of Cents .1, 2, 5, 10, 25 and 50 and Rs.1, 2, 5 and 10. Although Cents 1,2,5 and even 10 have become almost obsolete The intervention currency continuously will be the US Dollar
Languages:   Sinhala, Tamil and English are widely spoken throughout Sri Lanka, with the exception of remote villages where either Sinhala or Tamil may only be spoken.
Climate :  
Lanka generally has a good climate for holiday-makers throughout the year. The country is divided into wet and dry zones. In the Lowlands the climate is typically tropical, with an average temperature of 27 C in Colombo. In the Highlands temperatures dropping to 14C. Sri Lanka has two monsoons The south-west monsoon brings rain to the western, southern and central regions from May to August, while the north-eastern monsoon brings wet weather to the north and east during the months of December and January.
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