Sri Lanka

Decennial Population

year population est.
1950 8,075,810
1960 9,895,154
1970 12,484,794
1980 15,033,175
1990 17,323,977
2000 18,846,401
2010 20,758,779
2020 22,338,340
2025 22,878,902
2050 23,833,678
2075 22,878,747
2100 21,729,278
source: UN - WPP 2012 Revision (medium).

General Information


Official name Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Capital Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte
Region South-central Asia
ISO code LK
Statistical agency Department of Census and Statistics


Administrative units

codeprovince
> district
capitalarea in
sq.km.
population
1981-03-17
census
population
2001-07-17
census
population
2012-03-20
census
1Western (Basnahira) ProvinceColombo3,6843,919,8075,381,1975,851,130
11ColomboColombo6991,699,2412,251,2742,324,349
12GampahaGampaha1,3871,390,8622,063,6842,304,833
13KalutaraKalutara1,598829,7041,066,2391,221,948
2Central (Madhyama) ProvinceKandy5,6742,009,2482,423,9662,571,557
21KandyKandy1,9401,048,3171,279,0281,375,382
22MataleMatale1,993357,354441,328484,531
23Nuwara EliyaNuwara Eliya1,741603,577703,610711,644
3Southern (Dakunu) ProvinceGalle5,4441,882,6612,278,2712,477,285
31GalleGalle1,652814,531990,4871,063,334
32MataraMatara1,283643,786761,370814,048
33HambantotaHambantota2,609424,344526,414599,903
4Northern (Uturu) ProvinceMaangkulam8,8841,109,4041,040,9631,061,315
41JaffnaJaffna1,025738,788490,621583,882
42MannarMannar1,996106,235151,57799,570
43VavuniyaVavuniya1,96795,428149,835172,115
44MullaitivuMullaitivu2,61777,189121,66792,238
45KilinochchiPachchilaipali1,27991,764127,263113,510
5Eastern (Negenahira) ProvinceTrincomalee9,791975,2511,419,6021,555,510
51BatticaloaBatticaloa2,633330,333486,447526,567
52AmparaAmpara4,431388,970592,997649,402
53TrincomaleeTrincomalee2,727255,948340,158379,541
6North-Western (Wayamba) ProvinceKurunegala7,8881,704,3342,169,8922,380,861
61KurunegalaKurunegala4,8161,211,8011,460,2151,618,465
62PuttalamPuttalam3,072492,533709,677762,396
7North Central (Uturumeda) ProvinceAnuradhapura10,472849,4921,104,6771,266,663
71AnuradhapuraAnuradhapura7,179587,929745,693860,575
72PolonnaruwaPolonnaruwa3,293261,563358,984406,088
8Uva ProvinceBadulla8,500914,5221,177,3581,266,463
81BadullaBadulla2,861640,952779,983815,405
82MonaragalaMoneragala5,639273,570397,375451,058
9Sabaragamuwa ProvinceRatnapura4,9681,482,0311,801,3311,928,655
91RatnapuraRatnapura3,275797,0871,015,8071,088,007
92KegalleKegalle1,693684,944785,524840,648
 total 65,61014,846,75018,797,25720,359,439
source: Department of Census and Statistics, Sri Lanka.
note: 2012 census data refers to final results.
note: several districts (mainly Northern and Eastern provinces) were not completely covered during the 2001 census, due to the "prevailing ground situation". The population of these districts is an estimate.
note: The area of Eragama (Irrakamam) and Navithanveli are included in Samanthurai; The area of Kalmunai is included in Sainthamarathu.

Main cities

namepopulation
1981-03-17
census
population
2001-07-17
census
Colombo587,647647,100
Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia173,529210,546
Moratuwa134,826177,563
Negombo60,762121,701
Sri Jayawardhanapura Kotte101,039116,366
Kandy97,872109,343
source: Department of Census and Statistics, Sri Lanka.