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Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Geographical Location: Sri Lanka is an island country located in Indian Ocean to the south of India and separated from India by Palk Strait. It is also known as the Island of Serendipity. It lies just above the equator between 5o 55'N and 9o 55' N latitudes and between 79o 42' E and 81o 52' E longitudes.
   
                                  Capital Sri Jayawardenapura
6°54'N 79°54'E
                                  Largest city Colombo
                                  Official language(s) Sinhala and Tamil
                                  Government Democratic Socialist Republic
                                                    - President Mahinda Rajapaksa (21 November 2005-Present)
                                                    - Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake (21 November 2005-Present)
                                  Independence From the UK
                                                    - Granted February 04, 1948
                                  Area  
                                                    - Total 65,610 km² (121st)
25,332 sq mi
                                                    - Water (%) 1.3%
                                  Population  
                                                    - 2005 est. 20,743,000 (52nd)
                                                    - 2001 census 16,864,544
                                                    - Density 316/km² (24th)
818/sq mi
                                  Religion Buddhism-69%
Hinduism- 15%
Christianity- 08%
Islam- 07%
                                  GDP (PPP) 2005 estimate
                                                    - Total 86.72 billion (59th)
                                                    - Per capita $4300 (111th)
                                  HDI (2003) 0.751 (93rd) – medium
                                  Currency Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
                                  Time zone GMT +6.0 hours
                                  Calling code +94
 
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