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Facts & Figures

Population

20 million

Population density

300 people per sq km (Colombo – 3000 people per sq km)

Adult literacy

90%

Life expectancy

men – 69.8 yrs  ;   women – 75.4 yrs

Unemployment

10%

Gross Domestic product

6 % real growth

Average per capita income

US$ 850 per annum

Land area

66,000 sq. km

Length

353 km

Width

183 km

Climate

tropical

Monsoon rain seasons

May – August (affects the South West of the Island) &
October – January (affects the North East of the Island

Highest mountain

Pidurutalaga in Nuwera Eliya – 2,524 m

Longest river

Mahaweli -335 m

Average temperature

27 C in the low-lying coastal regions including Colombo 20 C in Kandy

Average humidity

During the hot season (March – June) 75%

Time zone

GMT +6 hours