|Current male population (49.3%)|
|Current female population (50.7%)|
|Births this year|
|Deaths this year|
|Net migration this year|
|Net migration today|
|Population growth this year|
|Population growth today|
|Current population (as of Sunday, July 21 2019)|
|58 (0.27% of world population)|
|65,610 km2 (25,332 mi2)|
|322.3 per km2 (834.6 people/mi2)|
|0.97 (10,431,929 men to 10,711,719 women)|
|75.7 years (72.2 - men, 79.4 - women)|
(Population figures are estimates by Countrymeters (countrymeters.info) based on the latest United Nations data)
During 2019 Sri Lanka population is projected to increased by 105,847 people and reach 21,190,977 in the beginning of 2020. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 205,791. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 99,944 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who leave Sri Lanka to settle permanently in another country (emigrants) will prevail over the number of people who move into the country (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants).
According to our estimations, daily change rates of Sri Lanka population in 2019 will be the following:
As of 1 January 2019, the population of Sri Lanka was estimated to be 21,085,130 people. This is an increase of 0.50 % (105,319 people) compared to population of 20,979,811 the year before. In 2018 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 204,763. Due to external migration, the population declined by 99,444. The sex ratio of the total population was 0.970 (970 males per 1 000 females) which is lower than global sex ratio. The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1 016 males to 1 000 females as of 2018.
Below are the key figures for Sri Lanka population in 2018:
Sri Lanka population density is 321.4 people per square kilometer (832.3/mi2) as of July 2019. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Sri Lanka divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Sri Lanka. The total area of Sri Lanka is 65,610 km2 (25,332 mi2) according to the United Nations Statistics Division .
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As of the beginning of 2019 according to our estimates Sri Lanka had the following population age distribution:
|- percentage of population under 15|
|- percentage of population between 15 and 64 years old|
|- percentage of population 65+|
In absolute figures (estimate):
We prepared a simplified model of the population distribution pyramid which is broken down into 3 main age groups. The groups are the same as we used above: population under 15, between 15 and 64 and population which is over 65 year old.
Note: The pyramid provided is not corresponding to data given above because the age groups have different number of years.
As we can see the Sri Lanka population pyramid has an expanding type. This type of pyramid is common for developing countries with high birth and death rates. Relatively short life expectancy, as well as low level of education and poor health care are also describe such kind of population age distribution model.
Dependency ratio of population is a ratio of people who are generally not in the labor force (the dependents) to workforce of a country (the productive part of population). The dependent part includes the population under 15 years old and people aged 65 and over. The productive part of population accordingly consists of population between 15 and 64 years.
This ratio shows the pressure on productive population produced by the dependent part of population.
The total dependency ratio of population in Sri Lanka is 48.8 %.
The value of 48.8 % is relatively low. It shows that the dependent part of population is less than a half of the working part. In other words the working population (labor force) in Sri Lanka must provide goods for itself and cover expenditure on children and aged persons. And this part of population is less than 50% of working population. The value of less than 50% means that the pressure on productive population in Sri Lanka is relatively low.
Child dependency ratio is a ratio of people below working age (under 15) to workforce of a country.
Child dependency ratio in Sri Lanka is 37.1 %.
Aged dependency ratio is a ratio of people above working age (65+) to workforce of a country.
Aged dependency ratio in Sri Lanka is 11.7 %.
Life expectancy at birth is one of the most important demographic indicator. It shows the number of years a newborn infant would live assuming that birth and death rates will remain at the same level during the whole lifetime.
Total life expectancy (both sexes) at birth for Sri Lanka is 75.7 years.
This is above the average life expectancy at birth of the global population which is about 71 years (according to Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations).
Male life expectancy at birth is 72.2 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 79.4 years.
According to our estimates 14,663,620 persons or 92.64% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Sri Lanka are able to read and write. Accordingly about 1,165,410 adults are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult male population is 93.63% (7,154,943 persons). 486,941 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 91.71% (7,508,677 persons). 678,469 are illiterate.
Youth literacy rates are 98.36% and 99.17% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 98.76%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.
The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.
The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.
The data is given as of 1st of July of an year (medium fertility variant).