Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

Despite steady economic growth, challenges remain in the fight to overcome poverty

Despite steady economic growth, challenges remain in the fight to overcome poverty

Following nearly three decades of turbulent internal conflict, Sri Lanka has begun making great strides in its development.

Despite steady economic growth, challenges remain in the fight to overcome poverty.

Sri Lanka is at a high risk of natural disasters such as floods, tsunamis and landslides. Since 1950, we’ve been working to strengthen the resilience of local communities to better deal with disasters and the impacts of climate change.

We’ve continued to work with affected communities in recent years to reconstruct homes and livelihoods, and promote economic and social development. You can support this work by donating to our Global Emergency Fund.

We’re also providing support for returned refugees from Australia and India, helping foster new opportunities through job training and strong community networks.

Fast Facts

Population: 22.24 million (July 2016 est.)
Life expectancy: 76.8 years (73.3 years male, 80.4 years female) (2016 est.)
Infant mortality: 8.6 deaths/1,000 live births (2016 est.)
Under-5 mortality*: 10 deaths/1,000 live births (2015 est.)
Maternal mortality: 30 deaths/100,000 live births (2015 est.)
Adult literacy rate: 92.6% (93.6% male, 91.7% female) (2015 est.)
Access to improved drinking water: 95.6% (98.5% urban, 95% rural)
Access to improved sanitation: 95.1% (88.1% urban, 96.7% rural)
Labour force participation rate^: 76% male, 35% female (2014 est.)
Percentage of seats held by women in national parliament^: 6%
GDP per capita: $10,600 (2015 est.)

Source: CIA World Factbook, *UNICEF, ^World Bank

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