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Demography of Sri Lanka

Demography of Sri Lanka

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Demography

Sri Lanka has a population of 20 million of whom the majority is Sinhalese (74%). Other ethnic groups are made up of Sri Lankan Tamils (12.6%), Indian Tamils (5.5%), Moors,Malays, Burghers (of Portuguese and Dutch descent) and others (7.9%). Sri Lanka is a multi–religious country; Buddhists constitute the majority (69%). Other religious groups include Hindus (15%), Christians (8%) and Muslims (8%). Sri Lanka's literacy rate of 92.3% is one of the highest in Asia.


 

Item

 

Mid Year Population

('000)

 

 

Annual

Growth

Rate (%)

 

Age Composition (Years ('000)

Dependency Ratio (%)

 

Population

Density (No.

per sq. km.)

Year

 

 

 

<20

 

20 – 64

 

>64

 

 

 

1992

17,426

 

0.9

 

8,006

 

8,648

 

751

 

-

269

 

1993

17,646

 

1.3

 

8,106

 

8,752

 

761

 

-

273

1994

17,891

 

1.4

 

8,219

 

8,876

 

240

 

-

770

 

1995

18,136

 

1.4

 

8,333

 

8,997

 

782

 

-

289

 

1996

18,336

 

1.1

 

8,425

 

9,101

 

789

 

-

292

 

1997

18,568

 

1.2

 

8,543

 

9,216

 

801

 

-

296

1998

18,774

 

1.2

 

8,637

 

9,327

 

810

-

299

1999

19,043

 

1.4

 

8,762

 

9,460

 

821

 

-

304

 

2000

19,359

 

1.7

 

8,906

 

9,618

 

835

-

309

 

2001

18,732

 

1.4

 

6,142

 

10,481

 

1,839

 

52.8

 

299

 

2002

19,007

1.5

6,506

10,636

1,865

 

-

304