|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
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.