Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
The island of Sri Lanka lies in the Indian Ocean, to the southwest of the Bay of Bengal. It is separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait and is located about 31 Kilometers off the southern coast of India.
Latitude – 5° 55’ to 9° 50’ north
Longitude – 79° 42’ to 81° 52’ east
650km north of the equator
North to South – 430 km
East to West – 225 km
The coastal areas and northern half are flat, the central and south central areas are hilly and mountainous.
Total area : 65,610 sq.km.
Land area : 62,705 sq.km.
Inland waters : 2,905 sq.km.
Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
Government : 8.30 am – 4.30 pm
Private Sector : 8.00 am – 5.00 pm
Banks : 9.00 am – 3.30 pm (Customer hours)
Sinhala is the language spoken by the majority of the population. The Constitution designates Sinhala and Tamil as the official languages and English as the ‘link’ language. English is widely spoken, particularly in the mercantile sector.