Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
65,525 sq km
An island off the south-eastern cost shores of India, 880 km north of the equator, in the Indian Ocean.
Sri Lanka is a free, independent and sovereign nation with a population of 20,926,315 (July 2007 est.). Legislative power is exercised by a Parliament, elected by universal franchise on proportional representation basis. A President, who is also elected by the people, exercises executive power inclusive of defence. Sri Lanka enjoys a multi party system, and the people vote to elect a new government every six years.