At a well-attended ceremony at the Pacific Club of Hawaii, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam extended a warm welcome to Bede Dhammika Cooray as the new Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka for the state of Hawaii.   The presentation of the commission of appointment to the new Honorary Consul was preceded by a celebration to commemorate the 69th [...]

“The United States will continue to stand with you as your friend and your partner. While our level of cooperation today is unprecedented, there is always more progress to be made”, said Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Ambassador Bruce Wharton speaking as the chief guest at the celebrations hosted by the [...]

Ayubowan Vanakkam Assalamalaikum Good evening Ambassador Bruce Wharton, Acting Under Secretary of State, Ambassador William Todd, Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Ms. Angela Aggeler, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Mr. Michael Delaney, Assistant United States Trade Representative, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, The people of Sri Lanka have just celebrated the 69th anniversary of [...]

At a meeting with Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam on February 1, Chief Executive Officer of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Sanjay Pradhan stated, that the election of the Sri Lankan government two years ago on the plank of good governance gives Sri Lanka the opportunity to play an important role in promoting open government principles. The [...]

The Consular Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, presently at the BOI building, 3rd Floor at No.14, Sir Baron Jayathilake Mawatha in Fort, will be relocated to the Ceylinco Building, 2nd Floor, No. 69 Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 01 with effect from Monday, 6th February 2017. The new premise will be ceremonially opened by [...]

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs opened its Regional Consular Office in Jaffna at the District Secretariat yesterday, Thursday 26 January 2017. The opening was preceded by the lighting of the traditional oil lamp by dignitaries and invitees and the holding of religious observances. Following the ceremony, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera unveiled the plaque declaring the [...]

Following the vision of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, of enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery to the public, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will open a Regional Consular Office in Jaffna on Thursday 26 January 2017 at 10.30 a.m. The Consular Office which will be located at the District Secretariat [...]

The World Affairs Council – Washington D.C. (WAC-DC) commenced the New Year with a programme on Sri Lanka at a reception hosted by Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam for members and guests of the WAC-DC at the Sri Lanka Residence on January 12. This event coincided with the National Integration and Reconciliation Week observed in Sri Lanka [...]

  • NEW HONORARY CONSUL FOR SRI LANKA IN HAWAII

    At a well-attended ceremony at the Pacific Club of Hawaii, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam extended a warm welcome to Bede Dhammika Cooray as the new Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka for the state of Hawaii.   The presentation of the commission of appointment to the new Honorary Consul was preceded by a celebration to commemorate the 69th [...]

  • United States will continue to stand with Sri Lanka as a friend and partner

    “The United States will continue to stand with you as your friend and your partner. While our level of cooperation today is unprecedented, there is always more progress to be made”, said Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Ambassador Bruce Wharton speaking as the chief guest at the celebrations hosted by the [...]

  • REMARKS BY AMBASSADOR PRASAD KARIYAWASAM AT SRI LANKA’S 69TH INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS IN WASHINGTON DC

    Ayubowan Vanakkam Assalamalaikum Good evening Ambassador Bruce Wharton, Acting Under Secretary of State, Ambassador William Todd, Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Ms. Angela Aggeler, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Mr. Michael Delaney, Assistant United States Trade Representative, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, The people of Sri Lanka have just celebrated the 69th anniversary of [...]

  • Sri Lanka reiterates commitment to Open Government Principles

    At a meeting with Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam on February 1, Chief Executive Officer of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Sanjay Pradhan stated, that the election of the Sri Lankan government two years ago on the plank of good governance gives Sri Lanka the opportunity to play an important role in promoting open government principles. The [...]

  • World Affairs Council of Washington features Sri Lanka

    The World Affairs Council – Washington D.C. (WAC-DC) commenced the New Year with a programme on Sri Lanka at a reception hosted by Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam for members and guests of the WAC-DC at the Sri Lanka Residence on January 12. This event coincided with the National Integration and Reconciliation Week observed in Sri Lanka [...]

  • National Integration and Reconciliation Week marked in Washington

    Based on a concept of President Maithripala Sirisena, for the first time, the week from January 8 -14 was declared the National Integration and Reconciliation Week by the Government of Sri Lanka. To mark this initiative in Washington D.C., the staff of the Embassy of Sri Lanka commenced the workday on Monday taking a pledge [...]

  • MINE DETECTION DOG (MDD) TEAM OF THE SRI LANKA ARMY SELECTED AS 2016 TEAM OF THE YEAR

    At the Annual “Clearing the Path” Gala 2016 organized by The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) of Washington D.C., Mine Detection Dog (MDD) Alvin and its handler Lance Corporal Nawarathne of the Sri Lanka Army Engineers Humanitarian Demining Unit, were selected as the MDD team of the year. The Marshall Legacy Institute, an organization dedicated to [...]

  • Sri Lanka signs the D.C. Sustainability Pledge

    Demonstrating the Embassy’s support for the District of Columbia’s environmental and sustainability goals, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam joined over 62 Ambassadors and Embassy representatives on October 5 at the Embassy of Italy to sign the DC Sustainability Pledge. The signing ceremony was organized by the DC Greening Embassies Forum in collaboration with the District of Columbia [...]

  • Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera represents Sri Lanka at the Our Ocean Conference 2016

    Participating at the Our Ocean Conference 2016, at the invitation of the US Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, on 15 September,  outlined several commitments by Sri Lanka to protect oceans around Sri Lanka and beyond. The Minister said that Sri Lanka is perhaps one of the few countries in the world [...]

  • Sri Lanka Parliament and U.S. House Democracy Partnership launch Collaboration Agreement

    The Sri Lanka Parliament and the House Democracy Partnership of the U.S. House of Representatives launched a Collaboration Agreement to strengthen partnership between the two legislatures today, 14 September, in Washington D.C. The Agreement was signed by the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Representative Peter J. Roskam, Chairman of the House Democracy Partnership on behalf of [...]

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 rain and wet weather to the north and east, and a southwest monsoon (June to October) bringing rain and wet 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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