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Sri Lanka

Capital: Colombo (commercial), Sri Jayawardenepura; GDP growth (annual %) 2016 :4.4%;
Key Facts

Full name: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Population: 20.4 million (UN, 2010)
Area: 65,610 sq km (25,332 sq miles)
Major languages: Sinhala, Tamil, English
Major religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity
Life expectancy: 72 years (men), 78 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: Sri Lankan rupee
Main exports: Clothing and textiles, tea, gems, rubber, coconuts
GNI per capita: US $2,240 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .lk
International dialling code: +94

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