Sri Lanka is a land of ancient ruins and religious relics, palm-fringed beaches and colourful reefs, with a population of 21 million spread over a total land area of 25,000 square miles. With a GDP per capita income of USD 4,310 and an average growth rate in GDP of 3.1% in 2017, Sri Lanka is now classified as an upper-middle-income developing country. In 2017, the adult literacy rate of Sri Lanka’s population was 92.63%, which is above average by both regional and standards.

Sri Lanka has a long history of international engagement, as a founding member of the South Asian Association in Regional Cooperation (SAARC), a member of the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations, the G77 and the Non-Aligned Movement. At number 73, Sri Lanka is the highest-ranked South Asian country on the 2017 Human Development Index.

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