10th SOUTH ASIAN GAMES 2006 - COLOMBO -  18th August to 28th August -in Sri Lanka


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INTRODUCTION OF SRI LANKA


Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, island republic in the Indian Ocean, off the Southeastern coast of India, a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. Sri Lanka is separated from India by the Palk Strait and Gulf of Mannar. Sri Lanka is somewhat pear-shaped, with its apex in the North. The greatest length from North to South is about 440 km (about 273 mi); the greatest width is about 220 km
Sri Lanka's coast, particularly the West, South, and Southeast, is palm-fringed and indented by lagoons and inlets. The more rugged Northeastern coast contains Trincomalee Harbor, considered one of the best natural harbors in the world.

The natural resources of Sri Lanka are chiefly agricultural, but most of the land is not easily cultivated. Sri Lanka's economy is predominantly based on agriculture. The chief exports are tea and rubber, followed by coconut products, clothing, graphite, and precious and semiprecious stones. Foodstuffs, mainly rice, flour, and sugar, make up a significant share of imports

GEOGRAPHY

Location :   Southern Asia, island in the Indian Ocean, south of India
Geographic Coordinates :   7 00 N, 81 00 E
Map references :   Asia
    Total: 65,610 sq km
Area :   Water: 870 sq km
    Land: 64,740 sq km
Land boundaries :   0Km
Coastal line:   1,340 km
Climate :   Tropical monsoon; northeast monsoon (December to March);     southwest monsoon (June to October)
Natural resources :   Limestone, graphite, mineral sands, gems, phosphates, clay, hydropower
   

PEOPLE

 Population :   19,576,783
 Population growth  rate:   0.85% (2002 est.)
 Nationality:   Noun: Sri Lankan(s)  Adjective: Sri Lankan
 Religions:   Buddhist 70%, Hindu 15%, Christian 8%, Muslim 7% (1999)
 Languages:   Sinhala (official and national language) 74%, Tamil (national language) 18%, other 8%
  note: English is commonly used in government and is   spoken competently by about 10% of the population
 Literacy:   Definition: age 15 and over can read and write
  Total population: 90.2%
  Male: 93.4%
  Female: 87.2% (1995 est.)
 

GOVERNMENT

 Country name:   Conventional long form: Democratic Socialist Republic  of Sri Lanka  Conventional short form: Sri Lanka
  Fomer: Serendib, Ceylon
 Capital:   Colombo;
  Note - Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte is the legislative capital
 Independence:   4 February 1948 (from UK)
 National holiday:   Independence Day, 4 February (1948)
   
   
                            

SRI LANKA MAP

 

SUMMARY 

  Name: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
  Area: 65,610 sq km
  Costal Line: 1,340 km
  Capital: Colombo
  Currency: Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
 

 

 

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