As at Wednesday, 24 April 2019 1900 hours, the number of foreign nationals who have been identified as killed is 36. The fatalities were: one (01) from Bangladesh, two (02) from China, eleven (11) from India, three (03) from Denmark, one (01) from Japan, one (01) from the Netherlands, one (01) from Portugal, two (02) […]

http://www.sltda.lk/emergency Following the acts of terror that took place on Easter Sunday, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) and Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) have continued to engage with high-level government officials and tourism stakeholders in order to assess the current situation and have taken necessary steps to ensure all possible assistance is provided […]

Security Council Press Statement on Series of Terrorist Attacks across Sri Lanka The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Christoph Heusgen (Germany): The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the series of heinous and cowardly terrorist attacks that took place at St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, St. Sebastian’s […]

As at Tuesday, 23rd  April 2019 4.00 pm, the number of foreign nationals who have been identified as killed is 34. The fatalities are: one (01) from Bangladesh, two (02) from China, ten (10) from India, three (03) from Denmark, one (01) from Japan, one (01) from the Netherlands, one (01) from Portugal, two (02) from […]

As at Monday 22nd April 2019 7.00 pm, the number of foreign nationals who have been identified as killed is 31. The fatalities are: one (01) from Bangladesh, two (02) from China, eight (08) from India, one (01) from France, one (01) from Japan, one (01) from The Netherlands, one (01) from Portugal, two (02) from […]

The Embassy of Sri Lanka has assigned the following points of contacts in the Mission to facilitate / respond to all public inquiries with regard to the present situation in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of attacks on Sunday, April 21st, 2019. The following officers may be contacted on matters related to Consular Affairs, Security, […]

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO April 21, 2019 Terrorist Attacks in Sri Lanka The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terror attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter morning. Attacks on innocent people gathering in a place of worship or enjoying a holiday meal are […]

Following the explosions that took place in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa, earlier today, the number of foreign nationals who have been identified as deceased at the National Hospital in Colombo stands at eleven.  The fatalities are: three (03) from India, one (01) from Portugal, two (02) from Turkey, three (03) from the UK, and two […]

  • State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne leads Sri Lankan delegation for IMF Spring Meetings in Washington DC

    State Minister of Finance, Eran Wickramaratne, led the Sri Lankan delegation for IMF Spring Meetings in Washington DC from 08th – 13th April 2019, accompanied by Secretary to the Treasury, Dr R.H.S. Samaratunga,  Central Bank Governor, Dr Indrajit Coomaraswamy and senior officials from the Treasury and Central Bank. During his visit, Minister Wickramaratne and delegation held discussions […]

  • ‘US SEC places Sri Lanka national flag permanently in their auditorium’ – Daily FT, April 17, 2019

    http://www.ft.lk/financial-services/US-SEC-places-Sri-Lanka-national-flag-permanently-in-their-auditorium/42-676515 As a gesture of goodwill in appreciation of the decades of friendship and cooperation between the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Sri Lanka and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (US SEC), the national flag of Sri Lanka was placed in the auditorium of the US SEC as a permanent display on […]

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  • Embassy Chef bags People’s Choice Silver Award at the International Chef Challenge 2019 in Washington DC

    At the 11th International Chef Challenge concluded at the Reagan International Trade Centre in Washington DC on 02nd April 2019, Chef, Anuradha Wijesinghe who represented the Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington DC, won the People’s Choice Silver Award. This is the first time an officer from the Sri Lankan Embassy has been bestowed such an award by […]

  • Thripitakabhivandana Week in US draws to a close upon completion of week – long celebrations at Sri Lankan Temples in Washington DC and Maryland

    The Thripitakabhivandana Week in the US that continued  from 16th – 24th March 2019 under the patronage of four Sri Lankan Buddhist Temples in Washington and Maryland came to a close with the completion of religious events at Nisala Arana Buddhist Monastery and Mahamewnawa Meditation Center in Maryland  on 23rd and 24th March 2019 respectively. […]

  • Sri Lankan Embassy hosts International Chef Challenge – Media Preview Dinner

    The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington had the distinct pleasure of hosting the media preview dinner of the 11th International Chef Challenge at the Sri Lanka Residence in Washington DC on 20th March 2019. The “International Chef Challenge” is an annual   culinary feature, jointly hosted by Events DC and Trade Centre Management Associates (TCMA) exclusively for […]

  • Thripitakabhivandana Week commences in the US with religious events at Washington Buddhist Vihara and Maryland Buddhist Temple

    In keeping with President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to declare the Thripitakabhivandana Week from 16th – 23rd March 2019 to mark the declaration of the Theravada Thripitaka as a national and world heritage, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC, under the patronage of four Buddhist temples in Washington DC and Maryland, organized a series […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Mine Clearance Program Commended at a Congressional Unexploded Ordinance (UXO) / Demining Caucus Briefing on Sri Lanka

    The Congressional (UXO)/ Demining Caucus held a panel discussion on demining efforts in Sri Lanka on 14th March at the Capitol Hill where the government’s ownership of the program and the commitment for a mine free Sri Lanka came for praise by the implementing partners and the US government.  The Panel Discussion was held on the invitation […]

  • Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington D.C. and MAG host a Breakfast briefing on “ Mine Free Sri Lanka 2020 “

    The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C. and the Mine Advisory Group ( MAG )  jointly hosted a gathering of US officials, demining agency representatives and prospective  partners  to a breakfast briefing  at the Sri Lanka Residence on 13th March 2019  on the theme “ Mine Free Sri Lanka 2020 “ The breakfast briefing was […]

  • Sri Lankan Marini de Livera honored with International Women of Courage Awards 2019

    Ten extra ordinary women from around the world were honored with International Women of Courage Awards ( IWOC ) 2019 at the US State Department on 07th March 2019. Sri Lankan  Marini de Livera was among the awardees from Bangladesh, Burma, Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Montenegro, Peru, Tanzania and Ireland who were felicitated by the State Department. […]

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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