Socio Economic Indicators Area and Climate Population Vital Statistics Labour and Employment Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Industrial Production, Construction and Energy Transport and Communication Prices Trade and Balance of Payments National Accounts
Finance and Banking Co-Operative Development Social Conditions Education Local Government Electorates Tourism

This is the 55thedition of the Statistical Abstract of which the first issue was published in 1949. The aim of the Statistical Abstract is to present a number of statistical tables on a wide range of subject fields providing statistical information on the Country’s Population, Employment, Agriculture, Education, Trade, Industry, Climate, Communication, Social Condition etc.

Every effort was made by the department to ensure that the information in the official Statistical Abstract of Sri Lanka is as comprehensive, clear and up to date as limitations of time and space allow. In order to help researchers, a series of data covering several years are given wherever possible. The information in this issue has been revised and brought up to date to cover as far as possible the year 2017.

This publication has been prepared by the Publications division headed by Director Ms. U. Maheshwaran and Statistician Mr. H.T. Fonseka under the guidance of Mr. P.M.P. Anura Kumara the Additional Director General of this Department.

The preparation of this publication and the verification of the data included in this  publication was carried out by Mrs. Chandi Chamila Premi Statistical Officer, assisted by Mr. S. Pungunran, Statistical Officer under the supervision of  Mrs. A.K.J. Muthugalage  Statistician.

 This publication owes much to the assistance and co-operation of various Ministries, Government Departments and other Organizations which provided valuable data for this publication. I wish to express my appreciation to all divisions of this department for their contribution in providing data for this publication.

Contributions of all the staff of the Publications Division of this department in releasing the Statistical Abstract 2018  is deeply appreciated.

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