Market profile

With a population of 21 million people and a land mass similar in size to Tasmania, Sri Lanka is a country growing in economic importance in the South Asia region. The country is geographically positioned well along major international shipping routes and has good relationships with its regional neighbours meaning greater potential access to these markets for trade and export from the country.

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  • Merchandise exports A$254 million
  • Services exports A$719 million
  • Capital Colombo
  • Official languages Sinhala, Tamil
  • Area 62,710 sq km
  • Population 21.7 million

Information provided by DFAT

Country brief

A comprehensive overview of political, economic and bilateral and regional trade agreements.

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Trade and economic fact sheet

Containing general information, recent economic indicators, Australia’s trade and investment relationship with Sri Lanka and their global merchandise trade relationship that is updated twice a year.

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Australia's trade at a glanceAustralia's top ten trading partners


The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travelers and tourists going to Sri Lanka. This is regularly updated and should be checked before planning travel.

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