Sri Lanka at a glance

Sri Lanka is an island situated close to the Southern tip of India with a 21.4 million population. Currently the country is ranked as a lower middle income country with a Per Capita GDP of US$ 4,065 (2017). The country has made significant progress in its socio-economic and human development indicators. Social indicators rank among the highest in South Asia and compare favourably with those in middle-income countries.

Statistics 2018 (

Mid-year population (Mn) 21.67
GDP (US$ Bn) 88.9
DGP Growth rate 3.2
Exports to the world (US$ Mn) 11,890
Imports from the world (US$ Mn) 22,233
Human Development Index Ranking 76
Ease of Doing Business Index 100
Adult Literacy Rate 93.1


Main industries

  • Apparel manufacturing
  • Tea, coconut & rubber industries
  • IT industry
  • Tourism industry

Trade Agreements (


  • Indo-Sri Lanka free Trade Agreement
  • Pakistan Sri Lanka free Trade Agreement
  • Singapore Sri Lanka Free trade Agreement



  • SAARC Preferential Trading Arrangement (SAPTA) Bangladesh, Butan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
  • Agreement on South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) Bangladesh, Butan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Afghanistan
  • Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) Bangladesh, China, India, Lao PDR, South Korea and Sri Lanka
  • Global System of Trade Preferences among Developing Countries (GSTP) 43 countries
  • EU Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP) Plus