Sri Lanka Matha
Mother Sri Lanka
God Save the Queen
|Languages||Sinhala · Tamil · English|
|Religion||Buddhism · Hinduism · Christianity · Islam|
|•||1948–1949||Henry Monck-Mason Moore|
|•||1954–1962||Oliver Ernest Goonetilleke|
|•||1952–1953||Dudley Shelton Senanayake|
|•||1953–1956||John Lionel Kotalawela|
|•||1956–1959||S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike|
|Legislature||Parliament of Ceylon|
|•||Lower house||House of Representatives|
|Historical era||20th century|
|•||Independence||4 February 1948|
|•||Republic||22 May 1972|
|•||1948||65,610 km2 (25,330 sq mi)|
|Density||108/km2 (279/sq mi)|
|Density||123/km2 (320/sq mi)|
|Density||168/km2 (434/sq mi)|
|Density||195/km2 (505/sq mi)|
|Ashley Havinden, Michael; David Meredith. Colonialism and development: Britain and its tropical colonies, 1850–1960. p. 12.
"Sri Lanka". Retrieved 30 March 2010.
"Ceylon Independent, 1948–1956". World History at KMLA. Retrieved 30 March 2010.
|Historical states in
present-day Sri Lanka
Between 1948 and 1972, Ceylon was an independent country in the Commonwealth of Nations that shared a monarch with Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and certain other sovereign states. In 1948, the British Colony of Ceylon was granted independence as Ceylon. In 1972, the country became a republic within the Commonwealth, and its name was changed to Sri Lanka. It was an island country in South Asia, located about 31 kilometres (19.3 mi) off the southern coast of India.