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Sri Lanka

Embark on a journey to Sri Lanka, a captivating island nation that wears the legacy of Ceylon and stands proudly as the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Nestled in the embrace of the Indian Ocean, it graces the southwest of the Bay of Bengal, distinguished by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait that separate its shores from the Indian peninsula. To the south-west, it shares a maritime dance with the Maldives, while to the north-west, it whispers tales to its Indian counterpart.

A colorful mosaic of cultures, languages, and ethnicities unfolds across the canvas of Sri Lanka, with Sinhalese claiming the majority, and Tamils, the largest minority residing in the north. Among the vibrant tapestry are Moors, Burghers, Malays, Chinese, and the indigenous Vedda, weaving the rich fabric of diversity.

Tracing back 3,000 years, Sri Lanka's story unravels through the layers of prehistoric human settlements, witnessing the dawn of Buddhism during the fourth Buddhist council in 29 BCE, and becoming a strategic jewel along ancient trade routes—the Silk Road and the maritime Silk Road.

European colonizers, including the Portuguese, Dutch, and British, left their imprints on this enchanted land. Independence in 1948 marked a new chapter, leading to the republic's establishment in 1972. Recent history echoes the resilience displayed during a 26-year civil war that concluded in 2009, reshaping the narrative of the island.

A developing nation standing 73rd on the Human Development Index, Sri Lanka grapples with economic challenges. Yet, it remains deeply engaged with the international community as a proud member of the SAARC, the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations, the G77, and the Non-Aligned Movement. Join us as we unravel the layers of this mesmerizing island nation, where history, culture, and resilience converge to create a captivating tale.

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