The average temperature is
about 81 F (27 C). January is the coolest month, becoming especially
cold in the highlands, and May is the hottest time of year. Monsoon
season is between May and July, and December and January.
Sinhalese and Tamil are the
two official languages of Sri Lanka. English is fluently spoken by
approximately 10% of the population, and is widely used for education,
scientific and commercial purposes. Members of the Burgher community
speak variant forms of Portuguese Creole and Dutch with varying
proficiency, while members of the Malay community speak a form of creole
Malay that is unique to the island.
Currency of Sri Lanka is Sri Lankan Rupee. One Sri Lankan Rupee consists
of 100 cents. Coins come in the denomination 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents and
Rs. 1, 2, 5 and 10. The higher value denominations are found as notes,
namely Rs.10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000.
Population in Sri Lanka was reported at 20.24 millions persons in 2009,
according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In 2015, Sri Lanka's
Population is expected to be 20.96 millions persons. In 2009, Sri
Lanka's economy share of world total GDP, adjusted by Purchasing Power
Parity, was 0.14 percent.
Clombo is the largest city and former capital of Sri Lanka. It is
located on the west coast of the island and adjacent to Sri
Jayawardenapura Kotte, the capital.