n a republic in S Asia, occupying the island of Ceylon: settled by the Sinhalese from S India in about 550 b.c.; became a British colony 1802; gained independence in 1948, becoming a republic within the Commonwealth in 1972. Exports include tea, cocoa, cinnamon, and copra. Official languages: Sinhalese and Tamil; English is also widely spoken. Religion: Hinayana Buddhist majority. Currency: Sri Lanka rupee. Capital: Colombo (administrative), Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte (legislative). Pop.: 18729000 (1998 est.). Area: 65610 sq. km (25332 sq. miles), (Official name (since 1978))
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (Former name (until 1972))
Sri Lankan adj, n
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