Sri Lankan Culture

Population Statistics

Sri Lanka

Population

22,889,201

[July 2020 est.]

Language

Sinhala [official] 74%
Tamil [official] 18%
Other 8%

English is spoken competently by about 10% of the population. It is often used in government, referred to as the 'link language' in the constitution.

[Census, 2012]

Religion

Buddhism 70.2%
Hinduism 12.6%
Islam 9.7%
Catholic Christianity 6.1%
Other 1.8%

[Census, 2012]

Ethnicity

Sinhalese 74.9%
Sri Lankan Tamil 11.2%
Sri Lankan Moors 9.2%
Indian Tamil 4.2%
Other 0.5%

[Census, 2012]

Cultural Dimensions

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Australians with Sri Lankan Ancestry

138,268

This includes the ancestry categories of Sri Lankan, Sinhalese and Sri Lankan Tamil.

[Census, 2016]

Sri Lankans in Australia

Population

109,849

[Census, 2016]

This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Sri Lanka.

Median Age

40 
[Census, 2016]

Gender

Male 52.1%
Female 47.9%

[Census, 2016]

Religion

Buddhism 40.8%
Catholic Christianity 20.7%
Hinduism 18.8%
Anglican Christianity 4.2%
Other Religion 9.9%
No Religion 3.8%
Not Stated 1.7%

[Census, 2016]

Ancestry

Sri Lankan 58.8%
Sinhalese 12.1%
Tamil [not defined] 8.0%
Sri Lankan Tamil 4.7%
Other Ancestry 16.4%

[Census, 2016]

Language Spoken at Home

Sinhalese 49.9%
Tamil 24.9%
English 23.1%
Other Languages 1.7%

Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 92.0% speak English fluently.

[Census, 2016]

Diaspora

Victoria 50.8%
New South Wales 26.2%
Queensland 8.9%
Western Australia 7.1%
Other 7.0%

[Census, 2016]

Arrival

Prior to 2007 53.8%
2007 - 2011 22.3%
2012 - 2016 21.6%

[Census, 2016]

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