Sri Lanka is an island situated close to the Southern tip of India with a 21.8 million population.
Currently the country is ranked as a lower middle income country with a Per Capita GDP of US$
In recent decades Sri Lanka has recorded respectable economic growth by international
standards. Because of its good potential, the Sri Lankan economy continued to grow quite
strongly during the internal conflict that lasted for nearly 26 years. After the conflict ended in
2009, economic growth recovered well, assisted by good commodity prices. With continued
growth, the poverty incidence has declined significantly. Economic progress also produced a
reasonable improvement in social indicators, such as education and health. Sri Lanka
outperforms other countries in South Asia on many other development indicators.
|Mid Year Population||21.8 Million|
|Population density (per sq.km)||348|
|Per Capita GDP||USD 3852|
|Exports to the world||USD Mn 11.9|
|Imports from the World||USD Mn 19.9|
|Human Development Index||71|
|Ease of Doing Business Index||99|
Sri Lanka established diplomatic relations with Sweden on 18th November 1949. With the establishment of the Sri Lankan Diplomatic Mission in Stockholm, bilateral trade, investment, tourism and other relations expanded substantially. Sweden has always been a friendly country, and an active partner in Sri Lanka’s economic development process. The Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) has been at the forefront in this regard providing assistance for large infrastructure projects, and for the development of human capital in Sri Lanka. The Kotmale Dam built by Skanska in 1985 is an iconic project and donation from Sweden which generates 201 Megawatts of hydro power, and diverts a large volume of water to irrigate the farmlands of the dry zone of Sri Lanka.
Trade volume and value between Sri Lanka and Sweden has increased over the years. In 2019, Sri Lanka exported US$ 73.2 million worth of goods to Sweden and Sweden exported US$ 50.5 million worth of goods to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s main exports to Sweden are apparel, tea, rubber gloves and tyres, coconut oil and electrical transformers while main imports from Sweden are paper products, rubber compounds, medicaments and wooden articles.
|Year||Exports||Imports||Total Trade Turnover||Balance of Trade|
|Year||FDI (USD Mn)|
Sri Lanka has signed the following agreements with Sweden and Denmark: