Sri Lanka retained its Tier 2 ranking in the US State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report for the second consecutive year. The 2018 Report which was released on 28 June 2018 can be accessed online at The annual Trafficking in Persons Report is prepared as per the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) [...]

Message from the President of Sri Lanka to the President of the United States of America His Excellency Donald J. Trump President of the United States of America Your Excellency, As the United States of America celebrates its Independence Day on the 4lh of July, I am joined by the Government and people of Sri [...]

June 22, 2018 Department of Examinations G.C.E. (O/L) Examination for Sri Lankans Resident Abroad The Department of Examinations of Sri Lanka has decided to offer the General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) Examination overseas to children of Sri Lankan expatriates, who wish to take the prescribed subjects of the examination or part thereof.  The examination [...]

The attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been drawn to a list of names published online by the ITJP (International Truth and Justice Project). According to the ITJP, this list, which presently consists of 351 names and can be accessed at is of persons who are alleged to have disappeared while in the custody [...]

As you are aware, heavy pre-monsoon rains in Sri Lanka have caused severe flooding and the threat of landslides. As of today, at least twenty lives have been lost, and 153,712 people (40,017 families) have been affected in 20 districts. The government is evacuating people in low-lying areas. Four main rivers have reached flood level, [...]

As you are aware, heavy pre-monsoon rains in Sri Lanka have caused severe flooding and the threat of landslides. As of today, at least sixteen lives have been lost, and 138,292 people (35,129 families) have been affected in 20 districts. The government is evacuating people in low-lying areas. Four main rivers have reached flood level, [...]

The Embassy of Sri Lanka joined 52 other embassies on Saturday to open its doors to the public as part of the annual Passport D.C.: Around the World Embassy Tour. The event offered the opportunity to showcase Sri Lanka in a cultural nutshell, ranging from arts and crafts and traditional drum performances to the country’s world heritage sites and popular delicacies​​​​ the island has to [...]

Mr. President, Madam Deputy High Commissioner, Distinguished Delegates, It is an honour for me to be here today at the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council representing the Government of Sri Lanka. I am joined today by my Cabinet colleagues, the Minister of Special Assignments, Hon. (Dr) Sarath Amunugama, and the Minister of Provincial [...]

  • United States Remains Proud to Stand with Sri Lanka as a Friend and Partner – Under Secretary of State Thomas Shannon

    “Just as the United States is proud to have been among the first nations to recognize an independent Ceylon in 1948, we remain proud to stand with Sri Lanka as a friend and partner today,”Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Ambassador Thomas Shannon remarked at the 70th independence day celebrations of the Embassy of Sri [...]

  • Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Multiparty Delegation Visit Washington D.C.

    Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka Karu Jayasuriya led a multiparty parliamentary delegation to the U.S. capital from September 25-29. The delegation included Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Women and Child Affairs Chandrani Bandara, State Minister of Irrigation & Water Resources Management Palitha Range Bandara, Members of [...]

  • Farewell for Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam in Washington D.C.

    Though I wind up as Ambassador to the USA, I want to say that I will forever remain an Ambassador for ‘U.S.-Sri Lanka relations.’ I believe there is so much that our two countries, though geographically distant, can achieve for mutual benefit”, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam said addressing a distinguished gathering at a farewell reception hosted by [...]

  • Sri Lanka shares experiences at United States House Democracy Partnership Event

    Sri Lanka was accorded the privilege of sharing the podium with distinguished U.S. statesmen and government officials at a public event organized by the United States’ House of Representatives’ House Democracy Partnership (HDP) on July 13. The event titled Strong Legislatures as a Bulwark Against Autocracy was co-hosted by HDP’s Chairman Congressman Peter Roskam and Ranking Congress [...]

  • 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 [...]


    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

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,

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