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About Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, officially known as the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in South Asia. Previously known as Ceylon during the British Rule this island country shares a strong border, culture, history, and mythology with India. The country was subjected to Civil War against LTTE which ended in 2009.

The economy of Sri Lanka has largely been Agriculture and spices & tea has been the major export. However, the country has also been subjected to the industrialization of agricultural products and textiles and the services industry has been booming with many Srilankan’s working in Europe and the Middle East.

Country Facts


Basic Details
Capital CitySri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Colombo
Government TypeSemi-Presidential Republic
Official LanguagesSinhala, Tamil, English
CurrencySri Lankan rupee, LKR
Phone Code +94
Important CitiesColombo, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Moratuwa, Jaffna, Negombo, Pita Kotte, Kandy, Trincomalee, Kalmunai
National DayIndependence Day (4th Feb)
GDP (nominal)USD 73.7 Billion
Ease of Doing Business Ranking99
Primary Industriesprocessing of rubber, tea, coconuts, tobacco and other agricultural commodities; telecommunications, insurance, banking; tourism, shipping; clothing, textiles; cement, petroleum refining, information technology services, construction
Foreign Relations
Bordering NationsIndia
Member ofBay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation(BIMSTEC), Commonwealth of Nations(CommonWealth), Group of 15(G15), Group of 24(G24), Indian Ocean Rim Association(IORA), United Nations(UN), Group of 77(G77), South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation(SAARC), World Trade Organization(WTO), Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank(AIIB), Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement(APTA)
Major ExportsFashion and Apparel, Spices, Rubber and Products, Gems & Jewellery, Electrical Products, Fisheries, Sea Food & Crustaceans, Mining, Metals & Minerals, Silk & Textiles, Fruits and Nuts, Food & Beverages, Spirits & Vinegar, Machinery & Appliances, Chemical Products, Toys and Games, Edible Oils & Seeds, Instruments & Optical Solutions, Agriculture & Farming Products and Solutions
Major ImportsMining, Metals & Minerals, Machinery & Appliances, Electrical Products, Silk & Textiles, Plastics and Products, Cereals & Pulses, Books and Papers, Rubber and Products, Other Products, Vegetables and Related Products, Chemical Products, Agriculture & Farming Products and Solutions, Pharmaceutical Products
Total Exports ValueUSD 12.770 Billion
Total Imports ValueUSD 17.301 Billion
Foreign Trade BalanceUSD 4.531 Billion (Deficit)
Foreign Relations with India
Trade Agreements with IndiaAsia Paci?c Trade Agreement (APTA), Bangladesh, India, MyanmarSri Lanka, Thailand Economic Cooperation, (BIMSTEC), Global System of Trade Preferences (GSTP), Indo Sri Lanka FTA (ISLFTA), South Asia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA)
Major Exports to IndiaFood & Beverages, Spirits & Vinegar, Spices, Fruits and Nuts, Mining, Metals & Minerals, Wood and Pulp, Electrical Products, Fashion and Apparel, Household Items & Products, Rubber and Products, Silk & Textiles, Edible Oils & Seeds, Cosmetics and Accessories, Gems & Jewellery, Books and Papers, Machinery & Appliances
Major Imports from IndiaMining, Metals & Minerals, Live Animals and Animal Products, Silk & Textiles, Food & Beverages, Spirits & Vinegar, Other Products, Books and Papers, Spices, Machinery & Appliances, Plastics and Products, Chemical Products, Vegetables and Related Products, Electrical Products, Automobiles, Vehicles & Components, Cereals & Pulses, Gems & Jewellery
India's Imports ValueUSD 1,078.14 Million
India's Exports ValueUSD 5,111.59 Million
Trade Balance with IndiaUSD 4 Million (Deficit)
Indian Embassy Details for Sri LankaHigh Commission of India
H.E. Gopal Baglay
Honourable High Commissioner
36-38, Galle Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
94-11-2327587, 2421605, 2422788 / 89

Assistant High Commission of India in Kandy
H.E. Dr. Athira S.
Assistant High Commissioner
01A,Mahamaya Mawatha P.O. Box 47
00-94-81-2222652, 2223786, 2224563, 2234545

Consulate General of India in Jaffna
Raakesh Natraj J.
Consul General
14 Maruthady Lane, Nallur, Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
94-21-2220504, 2220505

Consulate General of India in Hambantota
Mr. Dipin P.R
Consul General
107-B, New Road Hambantota Sri Lanka

Embassy Details of Sri Lanka in IndiaHigh Commissioner for the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Mr. Niluka Kadurugamuwa
Deputy High Commissioner
27Kautilya MargChanakyapuriNew Delhi-110021
+91-11-2301 0201, 2301 0202, 2301 0203, 2301 7498 (O)

Deputy High Commission in Chennai
Mr. Doraisamy Venkateshwaran
Deputy High Commissioner
196, T.T.K. Road, Alwapert Chennai 600018

+91-44-24987896 (O)

Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai
Dr. Vethody Kumaran Valsan
Consul General
34, Homi Modi Street Fort Mumbai-400 023
+91-22-22045861,22048303 (O)

Honorary Consulate of Sri Lanka in Trivandrum
H.E. Mr. Bijuu Karnan
Honorary Consul