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  • Introduction :: SRI LANKA

  • The first Sinhalese arrived in Sri Lanka late in the 6th century B.C., probably from northern India. Buddhism was introduced circa 250 B.C., and the first kingdoms developed at the cities of Anuradhapura (from circa 200 B.C. to circa A.D. 1000) and Polonnaruwa (from about 1070 to 1200). In the 14th century, a south Indian dynasty established a Tamil kingdom in northern Sri Lanka. The Portuguese controlled the coastal areas of the island in the 16th century followed by the Dutch in the 17th century. The island was ceded to the British in 1796, became a crown colony in 1802, and was formally united under British rule by 1815. As Ceylon, it became independent in 1948; its name was changed to Sri Lanka in 1972. Prevailing tensions between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil separatists erupted into war in July 1983. Fighting between the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) continued for over a quarter century. Although Norway brokered peace negotiations that led to a ceasefire in 2002, the fighting slowly resumed and was again in full force by 2006. The government defeated the LTTE in May 2009.
    During the post-conflict years under President Mahinda RAJAPAKSA, the government enacted an ambitious program of infrastructure development projects, many of which were financed by loans from the Government of China. In 2015, a new coalition government headed by President Maithripala SIRISENA of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and Prime Minister Ranil WICKREMESINGHE of the United National Party came to power with pledges to advance economic, governance, anti-corruption, reconciliation, justice, and accountability reforms. The government cosponsored UN Human Rights Council resolutions articulating many of these commitments in 2015 and 2017, though progress on implementation has been uneven. Parliamentary discussions have yet to resolve differences on constitutional revision. Impunity for human rights violations and corruption remains a problem. According to government sources, 891,125 conflict-era internally displaced persons had resettled by October 2017.
  • Geography :: SRI LANKA

  • Southern Asia, island in the Indian Ocean, south of India
    7 00 N, 81 00 E
    Asia
    total: 65,610 sq km
    land: 64,630 sq km
    water: 980 sq km
    country comparison to the world: 123
    slightly larger than West Virginia
    Area comparison map:
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    1,340 km
    territorial sea: 12 nm
    contiguous zone: 24 nm
    exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
    continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
    tropical monsoon; northeast monsoon (December to March); southwest monsoon (June to October)
    mostly low, flat to rolling plain; mountains in south-central interior
    mean elevation: 228 m
    elevation extremes: lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
    highest point: Pidurutalagala 2,524 m
    limestone, graphite, mineral sands, gems, phosphates, clay, hydropower, arable land
    agricultural land: 43.5%
    arable land 20.7%; permanent crops 15.8%; permanent pasture 7%
    forest: 29.4%
    other: 27.1% (2011 est.)
    5,700 sq km (2012)
    the population is primarily concentrated within a broad wet zone in the southwest, urban centers along the eastern coast, and on the Jaffna Peninsula in the north
    occasional cyclones and tornadoes
    deforestation; soil erosion; wildlife populations threatened by poaching and urbanization; coastal degradation from mining activities and increased pollution; freshwater resources being polluted by industrial wastes and sewage runoff; waste disposal; air pollution in Colombo
    party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
    signed, but not ratified: Marine Life Conservation
    strategic location near major Indian Ocean sea lanes; Adam's Bridge is a chain of limestone shoals between the southeastern coast of India and the northwestern coast of Sri Lanka; geological evidence suggests that this 50-km long bridge once connected India and Sri Lanka; ancient records seem to indicate that a foot passage was possible between the two land masses until the 15th century when the land bridge broke up in a cyclone
  • People and Society :: SRI LANKA

  • 22,409,381 (July 2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 57
    noun: Sri Lankan(s)
    adjective: Sri Lankan
    Sinhalese 74.9%, Sri Lankan Tamil 11.2%, Sri Lankan Moors 9.2%, Indian Tamil 4.2%, other 0.5% (2012 est.)
    Sinhala (official and national language) 74%, Tamil (official and national language) 18%, other 8%
    note: English, spoken competently by about 10% of the population, is commonly used in government and is referred to as the link language in the constitution
    Buddhist (official) 70.2%, Hindu 12.6%, Muslim 9.7%, Roman Catholic 6.1%, other Christian 1.3%, other 0.05% (2012 est.)
    0-14 years: 24.06% (male 2,750,004/female 2,642,606)
    15-24 years: 14.63% (male 1,666,859/female 1,611,379)
    25-54 years: 41.58% (male 4,571,200/female 4,747,119)
    55-64 years: 10.06% (male 1,043,199/female 1,210,930)
    65 years and over: 9.67% (male 917,014/female 1,249,071) (2017 est.)
    population pyramid:
    total dependency ratio: 51.2
    youth dependency ratio: 37.2
    elderly dependency ratio: 14.1
    potential support ratio: 7.1 (2015 est.)
    total: 32.8 years
    male: 31.5 years
    female: 34 years (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 96
    0.76% (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 137
    15.2 births/1,000 population (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 126
    6.2 deaths/1,000 population (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 153
    -1.3 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 145
    the population is primarily concentrated within a broad wet zone in the southwest, urban centers along the eastern coast, and on the Jaffna Peninsula in the north
    urban population: 18.5% of total population (2018)
    rate of urbanization: 0.85% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)
    COLOMBO (capital) 600,000; Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte (legislative capital) 103,000 (2018)
    at birth: 1.04 male(s)/female
    0-14 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
    15-24 years: 1.03 male(s)/female
    25-54 years: 0.96 male(s)/female
    55-64 years: 0.86 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.74 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.96 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
    25.4 years
    note: median age at first birth among women 30-34 (2006/07 est.)
    30 deaths/100,000 live births (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 114
    total: 8.4 deaths/1,000 live births
    male: 9.3 deaths/1,000 live births
    female: 7.4 deaths/1,000 live births (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 150
    total population: 76.9 years
    male: 73.5 years
    female: 80.6 years (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 82
    2.07 children born/woman (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 111
    3.5% of GDP (2014)
    country comparison to the world: 173
    0.88 physicians/1,000 population (2015)
    3.6 beds/1,000 population (2012)
    improved:
    urban: 98.5% of population
    rural: 95% of population
    total: 95.6% of population
    unimproved:
    urban: 1.5% of population
    rural: 5% of population
    total: 4.4% of population (2015 est.)
    improved:
    urban: 88.1% of population
    rural: 96.7% of population
    total: 95.1% of population
    unimproved:
    urban: 11.9% of population
    rural: 3.3% of population
    total: 4.9% of population (2015 est.)
    <.1% (2016 est.)
    4,000 (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 108
    <200 (2016 est.)
    degree of risk: high
    food or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrhea and hepatitis A
    vectorborne disease: dengue fever
    water contact disease: leptospirosis
    animal contact disease: rabies (2016)
    5.2% (2016)
    country comparison to the world: 182
    26.3% (2012)
    country comparison to the world: 23
    3.5% of GDP (2016)
    country comparison to the world: 168
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 92.6%
    male: 93.6%
    female: 91.7% (2015 est.)
    total: 14 years
    male: 14 years
    female: 14 years (2013)
    total: 20.7%
    male: 16.5%
    female: 27.3% (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 64
  • Government :: SRI LANKA

  • conventional long form: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
    conventional short form: Sri Lanka
    local long form: Shri Lanka Prajatantrika Samajavadi Janarajaya/Ilankai Jananayaka Choshalichak Kutiyarachu
    local short form: Shri Lanka/Ilankai
    former: Serendib, Ceylon
    etymology: the name means "resplendent island" in Sanskrit
    presidential republic
    name: Colombo (commercial capital); Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte (legislative capital)
    geographic coordinates: 6 55 N, 79 50 E
    time difference: UTC+5.5 (10.5 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
    9 provinces; Central, Eastern, North Central, Northern, North Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Uva, Western
    4 February 1948 (from the UK)
    Independence Day (National Day), 4 February (1948)
    history: several previous; latest adopted 16 August 1978, certified 31 August 1978
    amendments: proposed by Parliament; passage requires at least two-thirds majority vote of its total membership, certification by the president of the republic or the Parliament speaker, and approval in a referendum by absolute majority of valid votes; amended many times, last in 2015; note - a Constitutional Assembly consisting of all members of Parliament has deliberated on revision of the constitution since March 2016 (2018)
    mixed legal system of Roman-Dutch civil law, English common law, Jaffna Tamil customary law, and Muslim personal law
    has not submitted an ICJ jurisdiction declaration; non-party state to the ICCt
    citizenship by birth: no
    citizenship by descent only: at least one parent must be a citizen of Sri Lanka
    dual citizenship recognized: no, except in cases where the government rules it is to the benefit of Sri Lanka
    residency requirement for naturalization: 7 years
    18 years of age; universal
    chief of state: President Maithripala SIRISENA (since 9 January 2015); note - the president is both chief of state and head of government; Ranil WICKREMESINGHE (since 9 January 2015) holds the title of prime minister
    head of government: President Maithripala SIRISENA (since 9 January 2015)
    cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president in consultation with the prime minister
    elections/appointments: president directly elected by preferential majority popular vote for a 5-year term (eligible for a second term); election last held on 8 January 2015 (next to be held by January 2020)
    election results: Maithripala SIRISENA elected president; percent of vote - Maithripala SIRISENA (SLFP) 51.3%, Mahinda RAJAPAKSA (SLFP) 47.6%, other 1.1%
    description: unicameral Parliament (225 seats; 196 members directly elected in multi-seat constituencies by proportional representation vote using a preferential method in which voters select 3 candidates in order of preference; remaining 29 seats allocated to other political parties and groups in proportion to share of national vote; members serve 5-year terms)
    elections: last held on 17 August 2015 following President SIRISENA's dissolution of Parliament in late June 2015 in an effort to consolidate power and pass reforms (next to be held in 2020)
    election results: percent of vote by coalition/party - UNFGG 45.7%, UPFA 42.4%, JVP 4.9%, TNA 4.6%, SLMC 0.4%, EPDP 0.3% other 1.7%; seats by coalition/party UNFGG 106, UPFA 95, TNA 16, JVP 6, SLMC 1, EPDP 1
    highest court(s): Supreme Court of the Republic (consists of the chief justice and 9 justices); note - the court has exclusive jurisdiction to review legislation
    judge selection and term of office: chief justice nominated by the Constitutional Council (CC), a 9-member high-level advisory body, and appointed by the president; other justices nominated by the CC and appointed by the president on the advice of the chief justice; all justices can serve until age 65
    subordinate courts: Court of Appeals; High Courts; Magistrates' Courts; municipal and primary courts
    Eelam People's Democratic Party or EPDP [Douglas DEVANANDA]
    Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front [Suresh PREMACHANDRAN]
    Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna or JVP [Anura Kumara DISSANAYAKE]
    Jathika Hela Urumaya or JHU [Karunarathna PARANAWITHANA and Ven Hadigalle WIMALASARA THERO]
    Sri Lanka Freedom Party or SLFP [Maithripala SIRISENA]
    Sri Lanka Muslim Congress or SLMC [Rauff HAKEEM]
    Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna or SLPP [G. L. PEIRIS]
    Tamil National Alliance or TNA [Rajavarothiam SAMPANTHAN] (alliance includes Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi [Mavai SENATHIRAJAH], People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam [D. SIDDARTHAN], Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization [Selvam ADAIKALANATHAN])
    United National Front for Good Governance or UNFGG [Ranil WICKREMESINGHE] (coalition includes JHU, UNP)
    United National Party or UNP [Ranil WICKREMESINGHE]
    United People's Freedom Alliance or UPFA [Maithripala SIRISENA] (coalition includes SLFP)
    ABEDA, ADB, ARF, BIMSTEC, C, CD, CICA (observer), CP, FAO, G-11, G-15, G-24, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC (national committees), ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITSO, ITU, ITUC (NGOs), MIGA, MINURSO, MINUSTAH, MONUSCO, NAM, OAS (observer), OPCW, PCA, SAARC, SACEP, SCO (dialogue member), UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNIFIL, UNISFA, UNMISS, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU (NGOs), WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO
    chief of mission: Ambassador (vacant); Charge d'Affaires Priyanga WICKRAMASINGHE (since 27 October 2017)
    chancery: 3025 Whitehaven Street NW, Washington, DC 20008
    telephone: [1] (202) 483-4025 through 4028
    FAX: [1] (202) 232-7181
    consulate(s) general: Los Angeles, New York
    chief of mission: Ambassador Atul KESHAP (since 21 August 2015); note - also accredited to Maldives
    embassy: 210 Galle Road, Colombo 3
    mailing address: P. O. Box 106, Colombo
    telephone: [94] (11) 249-8500
    FAX: [94] (11) 243-7345
    yellow with two panels; the smaller hoist-side panel has two equal vertical bands of green (hoist side) and orange; the other larger panel depicts a yellow lion holding a sword on a maroon rectangular field that also displays a yellow bo leaf in each corner; the yellow field appears as a border around the entire flag and extends between the two panels; the lion represents Sinhalese ethnicity, the strength of the nation, and bravery; the sword demonstrates the sovereignty of the nation; the four bo leaves - symbolizing Buddhism and its influence on the country - stand for the four virtues of kindness, friendliness, happiness, and equanimity; orange signifies Sri Lankan Tamils, green Sri Lankan Moors, and maroon the Sinhalese majority; yellow denotes other ethnic groups; also referred to as the Lion Flag
    lion, water lily; national colors: maroon, yellow
    name: "Sri Lanka Matha" (Mother Sri Lanka)
    lyrics/music: Ananda SAMARKONE
    note: adopted 1951
  • Economy :: SRI LANKA

  • Sri Lanka is attempting to sustain economic growth while maintaining macroeconomic stability under the IMF program it began in 2016. The government's high debt payments and bloated civil service, which have contributed to historically high budget deficits, remain a concern. Government debt is about 79% of GDP and remains among the highest of the emerging markets. In the coming years, Sri Lanka will need to balance its elevated debt repayment schedule with its need to maintain adequate foreign exchange reserves.
    In May 2016, Sri Lanka regained its preferential trade status under the European Union’s Generalized System of Preferences Plus (GSP+), enabling many of its firms to export products, including its top export garments, tax free to the EU. In 2017, Parliament passed a new Inland Revenue Act in an effort to increase tax collection and broaden the tax base in response to recommendations made under its IMF program. In November 2017, the Financial Action Task Force on money laundering and terrorist financing listed Sri Lanka as non-compliant, but reported subsequently that Sri Lanka had made good progress in implementing an action plan to address deficiencies.
    Tourism has experienced strong growth in the years since the resolution of the government's 26-year conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. In 2017, the government promulgated plans to transform the country into a knowledge-based, export-oriented Indian Ocean hub by 2025.
    $278.2 billion (2017 est.)
    $265.6 billion (2016 est.)
    $254.5 billion (2015 est.)
    note: data are in 2017 dollars
    country comparison to the world: 62
    $83.57 billion (2017 est.)
    4.7% (2017 est.)
    4.4% (2016 est.)
    4.8% (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 54
    $13,000 (2017 est.)
    $12,500 (2016 est.)
    $12,100 (2015 est.)
    note: data are in 2017 dollars
    country comparison to the world: 122
    29.3% of GDP (2017 est.)
    29% of GDP (2016 est.)
    26.1% of GDP (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 28
    household consumption: 67.9%
    government consumption: 8.6%
    investment in fixed capital: 28.9%
    investment in inventories: 3.3%
    exports of goods and services: 21.3%
    imports of goods and services: -30% (2017 est.)
    agriculture: 7.8%
    industry: 30.5%
    services: 61.7% (2017 est.)
    rice, sugarcane, grains, pulses, oilseed, spices, vegetables, fruit, tea, rubber, coconuts; milk, eggs, hides, beef; fish
    processing of rubber, tea, coconuts, tobacco and other agricultural commodities; telecommunications, insurance, banking; tourism, shipping; clothing, textiles; cement, petroleum refining, information technology services, construction
    5.4% (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 39
    8.937 million (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 56
    agriculture: 27%
    industry: 26%
    services: 47% (31 December 2016)
    4.5% (2017 est.)
    4% (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 65
    6.7% (2012 est.)
    lowest 10%: 3%
    highest 10%: 32.2% (2012 est.)
    39.2 (2012 est.)
    46 (1995)
    country comparison to the world: 72
    revenues: $12.64 billion
    expenditures: $16.66 billion (2017 est.)
    15.1% of GDP (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 193
    -4.8% of GDP (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 163
    75.5% of GDP (2017 est.)
    79.3% of GDP (2016 est.)
    note: covers central government debt, and excludes debt instruments directly owned by government entities other than the treasury (e.g. commercial bank borrowings of a government corporation); the data includes treasury debt held by foreign entities as well as intra-governmental debt; intra-governmental debt consists of treasury borrowings from surpluses in the social funds, such as for retirement; sub-national entities are usually not permitted to sell debt instruments
    country comparison to the world: 43
    calendar year
    5.3% (2017 est.)
    4% (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 175
    7.25% (30 November 2017)
    6% (31 December 2015)
    country comparison to the world: 44
    11.8% (31 December 2017 est.)
    10.49% (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 69
    $5.213 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $5.184 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 104
    $36.83 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $32.2 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 77
    $51.72 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $46.21 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 66
    $18.9 billion (30 September 2017 est.)
    $23.67 billion (31 December 2014 est.)
    $18.81 billion (31 December 2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 66
    -$2.094 billion (2017 est.)
    -$1.942 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 158
    $10.93 billion (2017 est.)
    $10.31 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 86
    textiles and apparel, tea and spices; rubber manufactures; precious stones; coconut products, fish
    US 24.6%, UK 9%, India 5.8%, Singapore 4.5%, Germany 4.3%, Italy 4.3% (2017)
    $21.14 billion (2017 est.)
    $19.4 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 74
    petroleum, textiles, machinery and transportation equipment, building materials, mineral products, foodstuffs
    India 22%, China 19.9%, Singapore 6.9%, UAE 5.7%, Japan 4.9% (2017)
    $6.632 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $6.019 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 87
    $47.8 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $45.26 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 65
    $NA
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    Sri Lankan rupees (LKR) per US dollar -
    154.1 (2017 est.)
    145.58 (2016 est.)
    145.58 (2015 est.)
    135.86 (2014 est.)
    130.57 (2013 est.)
  • Energy :: SRI LANKA

  • population without electricity: 1,334,100
    electrification - total population: 94%
    electrification - urban areas: 99%
    electrification - rural areas: 93% (2013)
    14.15 billion kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 88
    11.72 billion kWh (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 87
    0 kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 117
    0 kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 131
    4.056 million kW (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 88
    55.3% of total installed capacity (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 141
    0% of total installed capacity (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 64
    41.1% of total installed capacity (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 52
    3.6% of total installed capacity (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 105
    0 bbl/day (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 116
    0 bbl/day (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 101
    36,480 bbl/day (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 59
    0 bbl (1 January 2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 118
    35,650 bbl/day (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 86
    107,000 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 80
    472.9 bbl/day (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 113
    60,840 bbl/day (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 74
    0 cu m (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 170
    0 cu m (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 132
    0 cu m (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 79
    0 cu m (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 104
    0 cu m (1 January 2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 124
    18.5 million Mt (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 84
  • Communications :: SRI LANKA

  • total subscriptions: 2,479,802
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 11 (July 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 53
    total: 25,797,199
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 115 (July 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 49
    general assessment: telephone services have improved significantly and are available in most parts of the country
    domestic: national trunk network consists of digital microwave radio relay and fiber-optic links; fixed wireless local loops have been installed; competition is strong in mobile cellular systems and mobile cellular subscribership is increasing
    international: country code - 94; the SEA-ME-WE-3, SEA-ME-WE-4, SEA-ME-WE-5, FLAG, and the Bay of Bengal Gateway submarine cables provide connectivity to Asia, Australia, Middle East, Europe, US; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (Indian Ocean) (2018)
    government operates 5 TV channels and 19 radio channels; multi-channel satellite and cable TV subscription services available; 25 private TV stations and about 43 radio stations; 6 non-profit TV stations and 4 radio stations (2017)
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    total: 7,126,540
    percent of population: 32.1% (July 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 61
  • Transportation :: SRI LANKA

  • number of registered air carriers: 3
    inventory of registered aircraft operated by air carriers: 25
    annual passenger traffic on registered air carriers: 4,911,730
    annual freight traffic on registered air carriers: 381,381,300 mt-km (2015)
    4R (2016)
    19 (2013)
    country comparison to the world: 137
    total: 15
    over 3,047 m: 2
    1,524 to 2,437 m: 6
    914 to 1,523 m: 7 (2013)
    total: 4
    914 to 1,523 m: 1
    under 914 m: 3 (2013)
    1 (2013)
    total: 1,562 km
    broad gauge: 1,562 km 1.676-m gauge (2016)
    country comparison to the world: 82
    total: 114,093 km
    paved: 16,977 km
    unpaved: 97,116 km (2010)
    country comparison to the world: 42
    160 km (primarily on rivers in southwest) (2012)
    country comparison to the world: 100
    total: 82
    by type: bulk carrier 8, container ship 1, general cargo 9, oil tanker 10, other 54 (2017)
    country comparison to the world: 94
    major seaport(s): Colombo
    container port(s) (TEUs): Colombo (3,651,963)
  • Military and Security :: SRI LANKA

  • 2.14% of GDP (2017)
    2.44% of GDP (2016)
    2.55% of GDP (2015)
    2.41% of GDP (2014)
    2.15% of GDP (2013)
    country comparison to the world: 39
    Sri Lanka Army, Sri Lanka Navy (includes Marine Corps), Sri Lanka Air Force, Sri Lanka Coast Guard (2016)
    18-22 years of age for voluntary military service; no conscription; 12-year service obligation (2018)
  • Terrorism :: SRI LANKA

  • Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE):
    aim(s): revive the movement to establish a Tamil homeland
    area(s) of operation: presence is primarily in the east where members occasionally plot attacks (April 2018)
  • Transnational Issues :: SRI LANKA

  • none
    IDPs: 42,000 (civil war; more than half displaced prior to 2008; many of the more than 480,000 IDPs registered as returnees have not reached durable solutions) (2017)
    current situation: Sri Lanka is primarily a source and, to a lesser extent, a destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking; some Sri Lankan adults and children who migrate willingly to the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Afghanistan to work in the construction, garment, and domestic service sectors are subsequently subjected to forced labor or debt bondage (incurred through high recruitment fees or money advances); some Sri Lankan women are forced into prostitution in Jordan, Maldives, Malaysia, Singapore, and other countries; within Sri Lanka, women and children are subjected to sex trafficking, and children are also forced to beg and work in the agriculture, fireworks, and fish-drying industries; a small number of women from Asia, Central Asia, Europe, and the Middle East have been forced into prostitution in Sri Lanka in recent years
    tier rating: Tier 2 Watch List – Sri Lanka does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so; in 2014, Sri Lanka was granted a waiver from an otherwise required downgrade to Tier 3 because its government has a written plan that, if implemented, would constitute making significant efforts to bring itself into compliance with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; law enforcement continues to demonstrate a lack of understanding of trafficking crimes and inadequate investigations, relying on trafficking cases to be prosecuted under the procurement statute rather than the trafficking statute, which carries more stringent penalties; authorities convicted only one offender under the procurement statute, a decrease from 2013; the government approved guidelines for the identification of victims and their referral to protective services but failed to ensure that victims were not jailed and charged for crimes committed as a direct result of being trafficked; no government employees were investigated or prosecuted, despite allegations of complicity (2015)