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Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) is an island nation south of India in the Indian Ocean. Its diverse landscapes range from rainforest and arid plains to highlands and sandy beaches. It’s famed for its ancient Buddhist ruins, including the 5th-century citadel Sigiriya, with its palace and frescoes. The city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka's ancient capital, has many ruins dating back more than 2,000 years.
Capital Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte, but Colombo is the commercial capital
Currency Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
Population 20,064,776 (July 2006 estimate)
Language Sinhala (official and national language) 74%, Tamil (official and national language) 20%, other 6%
English commonly used in government & spoken competently by c. 9% Religion Buddhist 70%, Hindu 15%, Christian 8%, Muslim 8% (1999)
Electricity 230V, 50Hz British G type plugmost common + fewer (older) installations of D (round pin plug used in India).
Country code +94
Internet TLD .lk
Time Zone UTC+5:30