Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera addressing the High Level segment on the opening day of the 28th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, on 2nd March 2015 in Geneva briefed the Council on developments in Sri Lanka following the presidential election on 8th January and the new Government taking office. The Minister noted [...]

Washington DC, February 19: Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake visited Washington D.C. from 17th to 18th February and met with senior officials of the Bretton Woods institutions, the US Treasury, the US Department of State and the White House. He met with Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde, the World Bank’s Managing Director [...]

  Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera visited Washington DC from 11-12 February. The visit which was his first to the US capital since assuming office as the Minister of Foreign Affairs followed the visit of US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal to Colombo on 2-3 February and coincided with the completion of 30 days in office [...]

  Remarks by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera,  Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka  at the National Press Club, Washington DC 12 February 2015   Sri Lanka – US Relations   Mr. John Hughes, Excellencies, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,   Thank you Mr. Hughes for the introduction. I am delighted to be here in Washington. It [...]

Address by Hon. MangalaSamaraweera  Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka at the Carnegie Endowment of International Peace February 11th 2015 Sri Lanka after the Presidential Election   Ambassador Bill Burns, Mr. Fredrick Grare, Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends, I am profoundly grateful and touched by the warm welcome and generous introduction accorded me this evening. [...]

  Addressing a large gathering, including the Mayor of Washington DC Muriel Bowser, who had all come together to celebrate Sri Lanka’s 67thAnniversary of Independence at the Reception organized by the Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington DC, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinkenstated that “this year the whole world is celebrating with Sri Lanka.”He went [...]

Ayubowan, Wanakkam, Assalamualaikum, Good evening, Sri Lanka celebrates 67 years of Independence at a momentous time in her history. Just less than a month ago, at the Presidential election, the people of Sri Lanka upheld their right as citizens, by reaffirming their faith in democratic principles and democratic governance. Over 80% of registered voters exercised [...]

  • FINANCE MINISTER RAVI KARUNANAYAKE CONCLUDES SUCCESSFUL VISIT TO WASHINGTON

    Washington DC, February 19: Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake visited Washington D.C. from 17th to 18th February and met with senior officials of the Bretton Woods institutions, the US Treasury, the US Department of State and the White House. He met with Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde, the World Bank’s Managing Director [...]

  • FOREIGN MINISTER SAMARAWEERA CONCLUDES SUCCESSFUL VISIT TO THE US CAPITAL

      Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera visited Washington DC from 11-12 February. The visit which was his first to the US capital since assuming office as the Minister of Foreign Affairs followed the visit of US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal to Colombo on 2-3 February and coincided with the completion of 30 days in office [...]

  • Remarks by Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka at the National Press Club, Washington DC 12 February 2015

      Remarks by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera,  Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka  at the National Press Club, Washington DC 12 February 2015   Sri Lanka – US Relations   Mr. John Hughes, Excellencies, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,   Thank you Mr. Hughes for the introduction. I am delighted to be here in Washington. It [...]

  • Foreign Minister Samaraweera speaks at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington

    Address by Hon. MangalaSamaraweera  Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka at the Carnegie Endowment of International Peace February 11th 2015 Sri Lanka after the Presidential Election   Ambassador Bill Burns, Mr. Fredrick Grare, Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends, I am profoundly grateful and touched by the warm welcome and generous introduction accorded me this evening. [...]

  • -“THIS YEAR THE WHOLE WORLD IS CELEBRATING WITH SRI LANKA” – US DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE ANTONY BLINKEN AT SRI LANKA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY

      Addressing a large gathering, including the Mayor of Washington DC Muriel Bowser, who had all come together to celebrate Sri Lanka’s 67thAnniversary of Independence at the Reception organized by the Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington DC, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinkenstated that “this year the whole world is celebrating with Sri Lanka.”He went [...]

  • Remarks by Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam at Sri Lanka’s 67th Independence Day celebrations in Washington DC

    Ayubowan, Wanakkam, Assalamualaikum, Good evening, Sri Lanka celebrates 67 years of Independence at a momentous time in her history. Just less than a month ago, at the Presidential election, the people of Sri Lanka upheld their right as citizens, by reaffirming their faith in democratic principles and democratic governance. Over 80% of registered voters exercised [...]

  • Washington Embassy celebrates Thai Pongal

    The end of a bountiful harvest season celebrated by the Hindu Tamil community the world over at Thai Pongal, was marked by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC on January 14, 2015 with a large gathering of guests from the Sri Lankan expatriate Tamil community, high level representatives from the US Department of State led by Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Biswal, and community leaders.

  • President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe take office

    Maithripala Sirisena was sworn in as the sixth Executive President of Sri Lanka at Independence Square in Colombo on January 9th, 2015 by senior most Supreme Court Justice K J Sripavan.

  • Maithripala Sirisena was sworn in as the sixth Executive President of Sri Lanka

    Maithripala Sirisena was sworn in as the sixth Executive President of Sri Lanka at Independence Square in Colombo on January 9th, 2015 by senior most Supreme Court Justice K J Sripavan.

  • Leader of the United National Party Ranil Wickremasinghe was sworn in as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

    Leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremasinghe was sworn in as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka at Independence Square in Colombo on January 9th, 2015

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an island of no great size, yet it has an extraordinary number of facets. As Sir Arthur C Clarke remarked: “The Island of Sri Lanka is a small universe; it contains as many variations of culture, scenery, and climate as some countries a dozen times its size . . . I find it hard to believe that there is any country which scores so highly in all departments – which has so many advantages and so few disadvantages.” Lovely beaches, beautiful landscapes, impressive ruins, a vibrant culture and charming people.

Official name: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Government type: republic
Location: Latitude 5° 55. to 9° 50. north, longitude 79° 42. to 81° 52., 650km north of the equator
Dimensions: 430km north to south, 225km east to west
Coastline: 1,340km
Area: 65,525km2
Currency (code): Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
Independence: 4 February 1948
Administrative capital: Sri Jayewardenepura
Commercial capital: Colombo
Administrative divisions: 9 provinces; Central, North Central, North Eastern, North Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Uva, Western, Eastern Province.
Climate: Typically tropical, with a northeast monsoon (December to March) bringing unsettled weather to the north and east, and a southwest monsoon (June to October) bringing bad weather to the south and west
Terrain: Mostly low, flat to rolling plain; mountains in south-central interior
Highest mountain: Pidurutalagala, 2,524m
Highest waterfall: Bambarakanda, 263m
National Flower The Blue Water Lily (Nymphaea stellata).
National parks and nature reserves area: 8,000sq.km

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