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Sri Lanka

The Writings of Thrishana Pothupitiya of Sri Lanka

I was born on the island of Sri Lanka. It is blessed with beauty and despite the tsunami which hit the country on 26th December there is real hope for the future for all people of our nation.
Many people and dignitaries have been to Sri Lanka to see the damage caused by the tsunami. We were deeply moved to see President Bill Clinton and President George Bush Sr in Sri Lanka. As President Clinton said, 'the best way you can help the people of Sri Lanka is to visit the country.' That is something I want to echo.

Bill Clinton and George Bush Sr in Sri Lanka

HRH Prince Charles The Prince of Wales visits Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka - Statistics

Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

President: Chandrika B. Kumaratunga (1994)

Prime Minister: Mahinda Rajapakse (2004)

Area: 25,332 sq mi (65,610 sq km)

Population (2004 est.): 19,905,165 (growth rate: 0.8%); birth rate: 15.9/1000; infant mortality rate: 14.8/1000; life expectancy: 72.9; density per sq mi: 786

Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Colombo, 2,436,000 (metro. area), 656,100 (city proper); Legislative and Judicial capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, 118,300

Other large cities: Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia 214,300; Moratuwa, 181,000; Kandy, 112,400

Monetary unit: Sri Lanka rupee

Languages: Sinhala (official), Tamil, English

Ethnicity/race: Sinhalese 74%, Tamil 18%, Moor 7%, Burgher, Malay, and Vedda 1%

Religions: Buddhist 70%, Hindu 15%, Christian 8%, Islam 7%

Literacy rate: 92% (2003 est.)

Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2002 est.): $73.7 billion; per capita $3,700. Real growth rate: 3.2%. Inflation: 9.6%. Unemployment: 8%. Arable land: 13%. Agriculture: rice, sugarcane, grains, pulses, oilseed, spices, tea, rubber, coconuts; milk, eggs, hides, beef. Labor force: 6.6 million (1998); services 45%, agriculture 38%, industry 17% (1998 est.). Industries: rubber processing, tea, coconuts, and other agricultural commodities; clothing, cement, petroleum refining, textiles, tobacco. Natural resources: limestone, graphite, mineral sands, gems, phosphates, clay, hydropower. Exports: $4.6 billion (f.o.b., 2002): textiles and apparel, tea, diamonds, coconut products, petroleum products. Imports: $5.4 billion (f.o.b., 2002): textiles, mineral products, petroleum, foodstuffs, machinery and equipment. Major trading partners: U.S., UK, Belgium, Germany, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Iran.

Communications: Telephones: main lines in use: 494,509 (1998); mobile cellular: 228,604 (1999). Radio broadcast stations: AM 26, FM 45, shortwave 1 (1998). Radios: 3.85 million (1997). Television broadcast stations: 21 (1997). Televisions: 1.53 million (1997). Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 5 (2000). Internet users: 121,500 (2001).

Transportation: Railways: total: 1,508 km (2002). Highways: total: 96,695 km; paved: 91,860 km; unpaved: 4,835 km (1999). Waterways: 430 km; navigable by shallow-draft craft. Ports and harbors: Colombo, Galle, Jaffna, Trincomalee. Airports: 15 (2002).

Thrishana Pothupitiya was born on the island of Sri Lanka