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Country Facts

Country Name Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Size 65,610 sq km
Location An island off the south-eastern cost shores of India, 880 km north of the equator, in the Indian Ocean
Population 21,128,773 million
Ethnic Groups Sinhalese- 74%
Tamil- 18%
Muslim- 7%
Burgher (descendants of Dutch and Portuguese colonist) and others- 1%
Time Zone Sri Lanka Standard Time is five and a half hours ahead of GMT
International Dialing +94
Electricity 230 - 240 volts, 50 cycles AC
Currency Sri Lanka follows decimal currency system in Rupees (Rs.) and cents (Cts.) with 100 cents equal to a rupee. Currency notes are available in the denominations of Rs.10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000. Coins are issued in values of Cts. 25 and 50 and Rs.1, 2, 5 and 10. The intervention currency continuously will be the US Dollar

Social practices in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka welcomes all her visitors as honoured guests. The visitor in turn is expected to follow the social protocols of the country.

Dress Code
The Sri Lankan attitude to informal European dress styles is generally relaxed. Visitors should however, consider religious and other sensibilities. Visitors to shrines, temples and other sacred places should be modestly attired. A knee-length dress is appropriate. Headgear and footwear must be removed prior to entering Buddhist and Hindu shrines. Swimwear is not acceptable in public places. Also, nudism and topless bathing by females is prohibited.

The import/export, possession or trafficking in narcotics and dangerous drugs carry the death sentence.

Videoing & Photography
Photography should be limited to traditional tourist sites. However, posing alongside or with religious statues is not permitted. Some religious sites may require prior permission. Videoing and photography of military and governmental buildings is strictly prohibited.

Prohibited and Restricted Imports & Exports
These include antiques, all indigenous non-domesticated animals, and certain endemic and threatened plants, fish and amphibians. The law strictly prohibits trading or possessing protected wild fauna and flora.

Child Abuse
The Penal Code of Sri Lanka imposes severe penalties for all acts of child abuse. The Sri Lankan law defines a person under the age of 18 as a child.