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) ProvinceColombo3,6843,919,8075,381,1975,821,710
11ColomboColombo6991,699,2412,251,2742,309,809
12GampahaGampaha1,3871,390,8622,063,6842,294,641
13KalutaraKalutara1,598829,7041,066,2391,217,260
2Central (Madhyama) ProvinceKandy5,6742,009,2482,423,9662,558,716
21KandyKandy1,9401,048,3171,279,0281,369,899
22MataleMatale1,993357,354441,328482,229
23Nuwara EliyaNuwara Eliya1,741603,577703,610706,588
3Southern (Dakunu) ProvinceGalle5,4441,882,6612,278,2712,464,732
31GalleGalle1,652814,531990,4871,058,771
32MataraMatara1,283643,786761,370809,344
33HambantotaHambantota2,609424,344526,414596,617
4Northern (Uturu) ProvinceMaangkulam8,8841,109,4041,040,9631,058,762
41JaffnaJaffna1,025738,788490,621583,378
42MannarMannar1,996106,235151,57799,051
43VavuniyaVavuniya1,96795,428149,835171,511
44MullaitivuMullaitivu2,61777,189121,66791,947
45KilinochchiPachchilaipali1,27991,764127,263112,875
5Eastern (Negenahira) ProvinceTrincomalee9,791975,2511,419,6021,551,381
51BatticaloaBatticaloa2,633330,333486,447525,142
52AmparaAmpara4,431388,970592,997648,057
53TrincomaleeTrincomalee2,727255,948340,158378,182
6North-Western (Wayamba) ProvinceKurunegala7,8881,704,3342,169,8922,370,075
61KurunegalaKurunegala4,8161,211,8011,460,2151,610,299
62PuttalamPuttalam3,072492,533709,677759,776
7North Central (Uturumeda) ProvinceAnuradhapura10,472849,4921,104,6771,259,567
71AnuradhapuraAnuradhapura7,179587,929745,693856,232
72PolonnaruwaPolonnaruwa3,293261,563358,984403,335
8Uva ProvinceBadulla8,500914,5221,177,3581,259,900
81BadullaBadulla2,861640,952779,983811,758
82MonaragalaMoneragala5,639273,570397,375448,142
9Sabaragamuwa ProvinceRatnapura4,9681,482,0311,801,3311,918,880
91RatnapuraRatnapura3,275797,0871,015,8071,082,277
92KegalleKegalle1,693684,944785,524836,603
 total 65,61014,846,75018,797,25720,263,723
source: Department of Census and Statistics, Sri Lanka.
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: 2 - data incomplete
note: 3 - the population of the area which is administrated by Ampara district only include here.
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.