The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka formerly known as Ceylon sits on an island covering nearly 65,630 square kilometers in the Indian Ocean. Ceylon gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1948, and was later renamed Sri Lanka in 1972. The island is home to 22 million people from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds. Sri Lanka’s commercial capital is Colombo- which is now thriving in development all year round. The majority of the population are Buddhists while significant and minority populations include Tamils, Christians, Muslims, and Hindus.
13th Century traveler Marco Polo described Sri Lanka as "The finest island of its size in all the world" due to the cosmic level of diversity & compactness of Sri Lanka.