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Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Location: Southern Asia, island in the Indian Ocean, south of India

Area: 65,610 sq km

Climate: tropical monsoon; northeast monsoon (December to March); southwest monsoon (June to October)

Terrain: mostly low, flat to rolling plain; mountains in south-central interior

Population: 19,144,875 (July 1999 est.)

Religions: Buddhist 69%, Hindu 15%, Christian 8%, Muslim 8%

Languages: Sinhala (official and national language) 74%, Tamil (national language) 18% note: English is commonly used in government and is spoken by about 10% of the population

Capital: Colombo

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