Sri Lanka



Island located off southeast tip of India between latitudes 6 degrees and 10 degrees north of the equator and between the eastern longitudes 79 degrees and 82 degrees. From central mountains, highest point Pidurutalagala 2,511 metres, land slopes to sea in terraces, with such rivers as the 333 kilometre-long Mahaweli Ganga radiating from central massif.


Name: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Location: Asia
Status: UN Member
Capital City: Colombo
Main Cities: Jaffna, Kandy, Galle, Trincomalee
Population: 18,121,000
Area [sq.km]:65,610
Languages: Sinhalese, Tamil, English
Religions: Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Christian

National Anthem:
Sri Lanka Matha, apa Sri Lanka,
Namo Namo Namo Namo Matha.
Sundara siri barini,
Surndi athi Sobamana Lanka
Dhanya dhanaya neka mal pala thuru piri, jaya bhoomiya ramya.
Apa hata spa siri setha sadana, jee vanaye Matha!
Piliganu mana apa bhakti pooja,
Namo Namo Matha.
Apa Sri Lanka,
Namo Namo Namo Namo Matha,
apa Sri Lanka, Namo Namo Namo Namo Matha.
Obave apa vidya obamaya apa sathya obave apa shakti
apa hada thula bhakti oba apa aloke
apage anuprane oba apa jeevana ve
apa muktiya obave
Nava jeevana demine nithina apa
Pubudu karan matha
Gnana veerya vadavamina ragena yanu
mana jaya bhoomi kara
Eka mavekuge daru kala bavina
yamu yamu wee nopama
Prema vadamu sama bheda durara da Namo Namo Matha

Free translation by C.W.W. Kannangara:
Mother Lanka we worship Thee!
Plenteous in prosperity, Thou,
Beauteous in grace and love,
Laden with corn and luscious fruit
And fragrant flowers of radiant hue,
Giver of life and all good things,
Our land of joy and victory,
Receive our grateful praise sublime,
Lanka! we worship Thee.

Thou gavest us Knowledge and Truth,
Thou art our strength and inward faith,
Our light divine and sentient being,
Breath of life and liberation.
Grant us, bondage free, inspiration.
Inspire us for ever.
In wisdom and strength renewed,
Ill-will, hatred, strife all ended,
In love enfolded, a mighty nation
Marching onward, all as one,
Lead us, Mother, to fullest freedom.


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