Sri Lanka

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
RegionSAARC
Capital CitySri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Colombo
Government TypeUnitary semi-presidential constitutional 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)
Economy
Ease of Doing Business Ranking
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
Major Exportstextiles and apparel, tea and spices; rubber manufactures; precious stones; coconut products, fish
Major Exports to IndiaHides and skins, Footwear, Animal, Minerals, Fuels, Chemicals, Stone and Glass, Plastic or Rubber, Wood, Metals
Major Importspetroleum, textiles, machinery and transportation equipment, building materials, mineral products, foodstuffs
Major Imports from IndiaHides and skins, Footwear, Animal, Stone and Glass, Minerals, Raw materials, Wood, Plastic or Rubber, Food Products, Metals
Foreign Relations
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)
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)
Indian Embassy DetailsH.E. Taranjit Singh Sandhu
Honourable High Commissioner
High Commission of India
36-38, Galle Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Email: hc.colombo@mea.gov.in
Phone: 94-11-2327587, 2421605, 2422788 / 89
Embassy Details in IndiaH.E. Mr. Austin Fernando
Honorable High Commissioner
High Commission of Sri Lanka
No : 27, Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021, India.
Email: slhc.newdelhi@mfa.gov.lk lankacomnd@mea.gov.lk
Phone: +91-11-2301 0201, 2301 0202, 2301 0203, 2301 7498