Country: Sri Lanka

Population: 20,926,315

Capital: Colombo

Time Zone: UTC+5.5

Currency Name: Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)

Government Type: republic

Languages: Sinhala (official and national language) 74%, Tamil (national language) 18%, other 8%

Ethnic Breakdown: Sinhalese 73.8%, Sri Lankan Moors 7.2%, Indian Tamil 4.6%, Sri Lankan Tamil 3.9%, other 0.5%, unspecified 10%

Religion: Buddhist 69.1%, Muslim 7.6%, Hindu 7.1%, Christian 6.2%, unspecified 10%

Major Cities: Colombo

Phone Country Code: 94

Health Concerns:

Official Tourism Website: http://www.srilankatourism.org/

High Travel Season: December - March

Voltage: 230 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: d

Major Holidays: January 15 (Tamil Thai Pongal Day), February 4 (National Day), February 5 (Bank Holiday), February 16 (Maha Sivarathri Day), April 1 (Holy Prophet's Birthday), April 3 (Bank Holiday), Good Friday, April 13-14 (Tamil New Year), May 1 (May Day), October 13 (Ramazan Festival Day), November 8 (Deepavali Festival Day), December 21 (Hadji Festival Day), December 25 (Christmas Day)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: Cinnamon originated in Sri Lanka and was the first country in the world to have a female prime minister.