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Sri Lanka

Capital city Colombo
Total area (square kilometres) 65,610
Population total 19,238,575
Official language Sinhalese
National currency Rupees and cents
GNP per capita 800
Proportion of population living on less than US$1 a day 7%

Information gathered from:
Statistics on International Development (DFID, 2000)
World Desk Reference (Dorling Kindersley, 2000)
The World Factbook
The World Guide (New Internationalist Publications, 1999)
It is warm all year round, with temperatures in the capital, Colombo, staying between 20°C and 30°C. There are two monsoon seasons, one that hits in the north and the other hitting the south. No snow has ever fallen there.

Sri Lanka was called Ceylon until 1978 but its native Sinhalese people have always known it as Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s main products are tea, rubber and coconuts. Prawn fishing has also grown enormously recently.

 

 

 

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