Sri Lanka Facts
Capital: Colombo note: Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte (legislative capital)
Government Type: Republic
Total Area: 25,332 Square Miles
65,610 Square Kilometers
Location: Southern Asia, island in the Indian Ocean, south of India
Language: Sinhala (official) 74%, Tamil (national language) 18%, other 8%. English is widely understood.
Sinhala (official) 74%, Tamil (national language) 18%, other 8%. English is widely understood.
The Sri Lankan People
The traditional greeting is the act of placing one's palms together under the chin and bowing the head slightly. A Western handshake is also acceptable. Titles are important to Sri Lankans, and it is proper to address acquaintances by their titles. Ethnic groups may have different ways of greeting each other.