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The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Information from the Embassy of Sri Lanka in China
  • Country Name :
    conventional long form : Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
    conventional short form : Sri Lanka
    former: Ceylon
  • Size :
    65,525 sq km.
  • Location :
    Comprises one large island and several islets, lying east of the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent. the maximum north-south length of the island is 435km. and its greatest width is 225 km. the Bay of Bengal lies to is north and east and the Arabian Sea to its west. Sri Lanka is separated from India by the gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait, between which there lies, in very shallow water.
  • Capital :
    Sri Jayawardenepura .
  • Commercial capital :
    Colombo
  • Government :
    Sri Lanka, is an independent and sovereign nation with a population of 19,668,000 (2005 estimates). 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 power including defense. Sri Lanka enjoys a multi party system, and the people vote to elect a new government every six years.
  • Head of State/ Government :
    His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka
  • Prime Minister :
    Honourable Ratnasiri Wickremanayake (appointed by the President) .
  • Administrative Provinces :
    Central , North Central, North Eastern, North-Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Uva, Western
  • Districts :
    Jaffna, Killinochchi, Mulativu, Mannar, Vavuniya, trincomalee, Anuradhapura, Puttalam, Pollonaruwa, Kurunegala, Matale, Batticaloa, Kandy, Gampaha, Kegalle, Badulla, Ampara, Nuwara Eliya, Colombo, Moneragala, Kalutara, Ratnapura, Galle, Matara, Hambantota (please see the map) t.
  • National Day : February 4th
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