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Sri Lanka Introduction

Sri Lanka is a beautiful island country in the Indian Ocean. It lies about 32 kilometres off the southeast coast of India. Its official name is the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. The country was formerly called Ceylon.

A Short Background

Occupied by the Portuguese in the 16th century and the Dutch in the 17th century, the island was ceded to the British in 1802. As Ceylon it became independent in 1948; its name was changed in 1972.

Tensions between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil separatists erupted in violence in the mid-1980s. Tens of thousands have died in an ethnic war that continues to fester.

1UpTravel's Guide to Sri Lanka

Topography of Sri Lanka - Read more about the geography and topography of Sri Lanka

History of Sri Lanka - Presents a detailed historical background and culture of Sri Lanka

Life & People of Sri Lanka - Study the characteristics, background, and details on the people of Sri Lanka

Local Cuisine of Sri Lanka - Find out delicious local cuisines of Sri Lanka

Holidays in Sri Lanka - Check out a list of the local holidays in Sri Lanka

Festivals in Sri Lanka - Learn about the festivals in Sri Lanka

Embassies of Sri Lanka - Provides an Embassy database for Sri Lanka

Administration facts of Sri Lanka - Learn about the governmental administration facts of Sri Lanka

Newstands in Sri Lanka - Browse through a collection of local online newspapers of Sri Lanka

Attractions in Sri Lanka - Discover the best places to visit, sight seeing, and tourist attractions in Sri Lanka

Maps of Sri Lanka - Discover a detailed map of Sri Lanka

Map Database of Sri Lanka - Browse a large collection of city, country, historical, political, thematic, and shaded relief maps of Sri Lanka

Flags of Sri Lanka - Uncover the flag images and description of the flag of Sri Lanka. Includes historical flags, symbols, and related information

Weather for cities of Sri Lanka - Browse weather forecast, hourly conditions, temperature, sunrise, sunset, and other weather related reports for the cities of Sri Lanka

Shopping in Sri Lanka - Find out the best places for shopping in Sri Lanka

Restaurants in Sri Lanka - Browse a list of eat-outs in Sri Lanka

Geography of Sri Lanka - Highlights the location, map references, area, land boundaries, climate, natural resources, land use, natural hazards, environment, and geography of Sri Lanka

People of Sri Lanka - Learn about the population, age structure, birth and death rate, sex ratio, nationality, ethnic groups, religions, languages, and literacy in Sri Lanka

Government and Politics in Sri Lanka - Profiles the country name, government type, administrative divisions, independence, national holiday, constitution, legal system, suffrage, executive, legislative, and judicial branches, political parties and leaders, and a flag description of Sri Lanka.

Economy of Sri Lanka - Study the GDP, growth rate, per capita, inflation, labor, budget, industries, exports, imports, currency, exchange rates, and economy of Sri Lanka

Communications in Sri Lanka - Browse statistics on telephones, mobile and cellular lines in use, radio broadcast stations, televisions, internet country code, ISP's, internet users, and facts on communications in Sri Lanka

Transportation in Sri Lanka - Offers statistical details on the railways, highways, waterways, ports & harbors, airports, and other facts on transportation in Sri Lanka

Military of Sri Lanka - Provides statistics on military branches, army, air force, navy, manpower, military service, expenditure, and facts on military in Sri Lanka

Transnational Issues of Sri Lanka - Explore international disputes and transnational issues of Sri Lanka


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