Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka

About Sri Lanka


BACKGROUND: The island nation of Sri Lanka, located off the eastern coast of India, is still rebuilding from a civil war that ended in 2009. The government has put significant efforts into resettling those displaced during the conflict between the majority-Buddhist Sinhalese population and the Hindu Tamil separatists.

MAJOR RELIGIONS: Sri Lanka remains a nation divided. Hinduism is prevalent in the north, while Buddhism dominates the south.

PERSECUTOR: Buddhist monks are the primary persecutors, stirring up communities against the Christians who live among them. Hindus also oppose evangelism and conversion to Christianity.

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN IN SRI LANKA: Christians can openly gather and worship in Sri Lanka. Recently, however, the government stated that churches must be officially registered. When Buddhists in local governments feel threatened, they sometimes attack a pastor or his home. Strong Christian leadership programs as well as missions sending agencies exist throughout Sri Lanka.

ACCESS TO BIBLES: There is a Bible Society in Sri Lanka, and Bibles are readily available.

VOM WORK: VOM supports training for pastors and church planters.


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스리랑카 | Sri Lanka
Population [ 인구 ]
22,576,592 (July 2018 est.)
country comparison to the world:57
Ethnicity [ 인종 ]
  • Sinhalese
  • Sri Lankan Tamil
  • Sri Lankan Moors
  • Indian Tamil
  • Other
Note: (2012 est.)
Religion [ 종교 ]
  • Buddhist (official)
  • Hindu
  • Muslim
  • Roman Catholic
  • Other Christian
  • Other
Note: (2012 est.)
Leader [ 지도자 ]

President Maithripala SIRISENA (since 9 January 2015)

Government Type [ 정부형태 ]
Presidential republic
Legal System [ 법적 체제 ]
Source [ 자료출처 ]

CIA World Factbook