Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is located in the south of the Asian Continent, with a population of 21,481,334,
making it the 5
7th largest national population. Its capital and largest city is Colombo with a total population of 752,993 and
its legislative capital is
Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte. The country encompasses 65,610 square kilometers making it the 122nd
largest country in total area. It shares boundaries with Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Mannar.

President Mahinda Percy Rajapaksa is recognized as the Chief of State and Head of Government and achieves that status
through popular vote and holds that position for six years and is eligible for a second term. Dissanayake Mudiyanselage
Jayaratne holds the largely ceremonial post of Prime Minister and achieves that status via appointment by the President and
holds that position for six years. Its form of government is a republic and they celebrate the creation of their constitution on
16th August 1978.

The languages commonly or officially spoken are Sinhala, Tamil, English and other languages. It counts among its major
religions Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Christian and unspecified faiths. As sources of mass communication it has 34 Radio
stations and 14 Television stations.

Major geographical features are Pidurutalagala, its highest point at 2,524 meters and the Indian Ocean, its lowest point at 0
meters. Its principal waterway is the Indian Ocean, which measures 1,340 kilometers of coastline.

Major industries providing for the bulk of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are rubber processing, tea, coconuts,
tobacco, telecommunications, insurance, banking, clothing, textiles, cement and petroleum refining. Its official currency is
the Sri Lankan Rupee.

Here’s something you may not know about Sri Lanka. Cinnamon originated in Sri Lanka and was discovered by the
A Monitor Lizard
Colombo- Sri Lanka's
capital and largest city
Baby Elephant with all
of his "family"
Kalu River
Mugger Crocodile
Sri Lankan Children
Star Tortoise
Tradtional Sri Lankan
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Adult Prevalence Rate:

People Living with HIV/AIDS:

HIV/AIDS Deaths:
Less than 0.1%

2,800 (2009 est.)

less then 200
Pidurutalagala- Sri
Lanka's  highest point
Temple at Sri
Kotte- Sri Lanka's
administrative capital
Elephant Pass
Fisherman on the Gulf
of Mannar
Bentota Beach in
Kalpitiya- Sri Lanka's
westernmost point
Bird Sanctuary in Kotte
Blowholes at Matara on
the Indian Ocean- Sri
Lanka's southernmost
and lowest point
Mutton Curry- a
favorite Sri Lankan dish
Pigeon Island on the
Bay of Bengal
Point Pedro in Jaffna-
Sri Lanka's
northernmost point
Sri Lankan dancer in
traditional dress
Temple of the Tooth in
Tsunami destroyed
hospital in Karativu- Sri
Lanka's easternmost
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Cannon at old Dutch
fort overlooking the
lagoon bridge at
Galle Fort
Railroad bridge on Palk