Located in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is an island nation about the same size as Tasmania. The population of Sri Lanka is 20.8 million, with 2.3 million people living in the capital city of Colombo. The official languages are Sinhala and Tamil, though English is commonly used in government.
Sri Lanka’s economy has grown steadily since the end of civil conflict in 2009. Despite Sri Lanka’s emergence as a middle-income country, disparities in income and access to basic services and infrastructure remain.
Australian aid supports poor Sri Lankans, particularly women, to access economic opportunities and influence policy-makers in support of enterprise. 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of formal diplomatic relations between Australia and Sri Lanka.