The Connected Island

The country’s future lies in its role as a major hub for the whole of South Asia.

After a long battle against terrorism, which ended in 2009, Sri Lanka has established itself as a peaceful democracy, committed to national reconciliation and nation-building. Since coming to power in 2005, President Mahinda Rajapaksa defeated the Tamil Tigers within four years, and has since worked to integrate former rebel strongholds in the north and east of the country. Meanwhile, this small country – home to 21 million people – has quickly increased its political and economic influence in the region. And crucially, Sri Lankans have enjoyed a general increase in per capita income, from $1,062 in 2004 to $2,053 in 2009, putting the country in the middle-income league.

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