The House Democracy Partnership (HDP) of the United States Congress welcomed members of parliament of four HDP partner countries, including Sri Lanka to an exchange programme in the second week of June. A bipartisan group of members of Sri Lankan Parliament comprising State Minister of Agriculture Wasantha Aluwihare, Deputy Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment Anuradha Jayaratne, Keheliya [...]

On 2nd May 2017, in a historic move, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Government of Sri Lanka approved Sri Lanka’s first National Reconciliation Policy. The process for developing the National Reconciliation Policy was initiated in September 2015 by the Office for National Unity & Reconciliation (ONUR) chaired by Former President Her Excellency Madam Chandrika Bandaranaike [...]

The Embassy of Sri Lanka wishes to express its profound gratitude to Sri Lankan Americans and other well wishers in the United States for making financial contributions towards the flood relief efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka in response to information circulated by  the Embassy on May 28, 2017.The list of contributors as at June 13, 2017 is appended below. Contributions have been transmitted to [...]

The National Unity Government, headed by President Maithripala Sirisena reaffirm commitment, in accordance with the mandates received from the people at the Presidential elections in January and Parliamentary elections of August 2015, to ensure that our nation never again returns to a conflict-ridden past, and instead resolve to guide our nation towards reconciliation, sustainable peace, [...]

A magnificent blue water lily (nil manel) floral display lent unique Sri Lankan flavor to the International Floral Exhibit at National Cathedral’s Flower Mart held on May 5 and 6 in Washington D.C. Designed by the Embassy staff especially for the annual spring event, the floral arrangement salutes the national flower of Sri Lanka. The [...]

As you are aware, due to heavy rains in the past few days, several regions of Sri Lanka have been affected by massive floods and landslides, resulting in substantial loss of life and property and displacement.  The relevant government agencies and the security forces have been mobilized to assist those affected and provide relief to [...]

Having received his appointment from President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday 22 May 2017, as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ravi Karunanayake assumed duties  ​at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday morning, Thursday, 25 May 2017. Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake was received at the Ministry, by ​the ​Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Esala Weerakoon​, senior [...]

Sri Lanka presented its authentic culinary at the Annual Embassy Chef Challenge held on May 24th at the International Trade Center in the Ronald Regan Building in Washington DC. At this well attended annual event over 30 Embassy Chefs showcased their culinary talents with food preparation skills and signature delicacies of each country. Sri Lanka [...]

  • Members of Parliament attend Exchange Programme in Washington

    The House Democracy Partnership (HDP) of the United States Congress welcomed members of parliament of four HDP partner countries, including Sri Lanka to an exchange programme in the second week of June. A bipartisan group of members of Sri Lankan Parliament comprising State Minister of Agriculture Wasantha Aluwihare, Deputy Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment Anuradha Jayaratne, Keheliya [...]

  • Sri Lanka’s National Flower adorns DC’s International Floral Exhibit

    A magnificent blue water lily (nil manel) floral display lent unique Sri Lankan flavor to the International Floral Exhibit at National Cathedral’s Flower Mart held on May 5 and 6 in Washington D.C. Designed by the Embassy staff especially for the annual spring event, the floral arrangement salutes the national flower of Sri Lanka. The [...]

  • Sri Lankan Culinary Show at the Embassy Chef Challenge in Washington

    Sri Lanka presented its authentic culinary at the Annual Embassy Chef Challenge held on May 24th at the International Trade Center in the Ronald Regan Building in Washington DC. At this well attended annual event over 30 Embassy Chefs showcased their culinary talents with food preparation skills and signature delicacies of each country. Sri Lanka [...]

  • A Day of Sri Lankan Culture and Tradition in DC

    Despite spring showers, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC was a hive of activity on Saturday as thousands of visitors thronged to the embassy premises for a celebration of Sri Lankan culture. The Embassy opened its doors to the public as part of the annual Passport DC Around the World Embassy Tour, an event organized [...]

  • Finance Minister highlights potential for increased Sri Lanka – U.S. bilateral trade

    Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce highlighted prospects for increasing bilateral trade and U.S. investment in Sri Lanka at a breakfast roundtable meeting hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce.  Minister Karunanayake was in Washington leading the Sri Lanka delegation to the IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings. Alluding to many [...]

  • U.S. CONGRESS MEMBERS SIGNAL GREATER ENGAGEMENT AND SUPPORT FOR SRI LANKA

    In the month of February, two congressional delegations of U.S. House of Representatives visited Sri Lanka.  The first was a bipartisan four-member delegation of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP) Committee led by Chairman Peter Roskam and Ranking Member David Price.  An eight-member bipartisan delegation led by the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte immediately followed. [...]

  • SRI LANKA APPOINTS FIRST HONORARY CONSUL IN PENNSYLVANIA

    Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam today handed over the Commission of Appointment to David Bruce Sherman as Sri Lanka’s Honorary Consul in the state of Pennsylvania. He is the first Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka in that state. The Ambassador observed that at a time when Sri Lanka is expanding its bilateral partnership with the United States, [...]

  • Sri Lanka: A Growing Hub in the Indo-Pacific

    “Sri Lanka is eager to work with the maritime powers of the Indian Ocean and beyond, to make our oceans secure for unimpeded commerce and peaceful navigation”, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam said, earlier today. The Ambassador was addressing a public event hosted by the Hudson Institute, a Washington-based think tank, on “Sri Lanka, A growing hub [...]

  • 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 [...]

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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