Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka (/sri?'l???k?/, /sri?'lŠ?k?/ or i/?ri? 'l???k?/;[7][8] Sinhala: ????? ?????, sri la?kava, Tamil: ??????, ila?kai), officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in the northern Indian Ocean off the southern coast of the Indian subcontinent in South Asia. Known until 1972 as Ceylon (/s?'l?n/, /se?'l?n/, or /si?'l?n/), Sri Lanka has maritime borders with India to the northwest and the Maldives to the southwest.

Sri Lanka's documented history spans three thousand years.[9] Its geographic location and deep harbours made it of great strategic importance from the time of the ancient Silk Road[10] through to World War II.[11] Sri Lanka is a diverse ...

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governed by a presidential system. The capital, Sri Jayawardenapura-Kotte, is a suburb of the largest city, Colombo. An important producer of tea, coffee, gemstones, coconuts, rubber and the native cinnamon,[17] Sri Lanka has been called The tear drop of India because of its shape and location and is known as "The Pearl of the Indian Ocean" because of its natural beauty. It is also known as "The nation of smiling people".[18] The island contains tropical forests, and diverse landscapes with high biodiversity.

The country has had a long history of international engagement, being a founding member of SAARC and a member of the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations, the G77 and the Non-Aligned Movement. It is also the only country in South Asia that is currently rated 'high' on the Human Development ...

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