Situation in the Country


Capital: Colombo
Surface area: 65 610 sq km (3 times Sardinia)
Population: 19 million
Ethnic groups: 75% Sinhalese, 18% Tamils, 7% Moor, 1% other
Religion: 70% Buddhist, 15% Hindu, 8% Christian, 7% Muslim
Infant mortality: 15 per thousand (Italy 5.7 per thousand)
Life expectancy: 70 M, 75 F (Italy: 76 M, 82 F)
Literacy: 92% (Italy: 98%)
Population below poverty line: 22%.

Sri Lanka is an island in the Indian Ocean south of India and is organized as a socialist democratic republic. The country has been riven by a civil war which arose in 1983 and ended in 2009 in which the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) clashed.







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