According to the latest estimates Sri Lanka has a population of about 20 million. The ethnic division of the population is: Sinhalese 74%, Tamil 18%, Moor 7%, Burgher, Malay, and Vedda 1%. Major languages in Srilanka are: Sinhala 74% (official and national), Tamil 18% (national), other 8%. English is commonly used in government and spoken competently by about 10% of people. Population density of Sri Lanka is 792 per square miles.
Other major demographic indicators of Sri Lanka are: Literacy Rate 92%,
Growth Rate 8%, Birth Rate 15.6/1000, Infant Mortality Rate 14.3/1000, and
Life Expectancy 73.2 years.