Relocate to Sri Lanka
Relocate to Sri Lanka
Living in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is an island city located in Southeast Asia. It is surrounded by the Indian Ocean. Sri Lanka is the fifth largest country in Asia. The cost of living in Sri Lanka is pretty low compared to most Western cities.
Sri Lanka is a developing country with a high Human Development Index. One of the major problems faced by this country is the growing population. But that doesn’t prevent the people of Sri Lanka from welcoming expats with open arms.
Politics in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a semi-presidential representative democratic republic. The President of Sri Lanka is the head of the state and the head of the government.
The Prime Minister is the senior most member of the cabinet of ministers. The Prime Minister isn’t the head of the government but acts as an advisor to the President. The President is elected by the citizens of Sri Lanka in a General Election who, in turn, elects the cabinet of ministers along with the Prime Minister.
Economy of Sri Lanka
The economy of Sri Lanka is largely based on agriculture, services and light industries. Between 2012 to 2017, the economy of Sri Lanka has expanded at an average rate of 6% per year.
Tourism is one of the major industries in Sri Lanka and contributes greatly to the overall economy. Other major industries include Tea industry, Apparel and Textile Industry, Agriculture and IT industry.
Buying or Renting Property in Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan government doesn’t allow expats to buy property in the country. If they wish to buy an apartment, they can purchase one above the fourth floor. They can also rent a house or an office in Sri Lanka.
It is a must to have a contract signed by both parties before buying or renting property. Read more about the rules for renting a property in Sri Lanka here.
Visa and Immigration
Schools in Sri Lanka
Education in Sri Lanka is free right from school level to the university level. It is considered to be a fundamental right of all citizens. The literacy rate in Sri Lanka is 97%. The quality of education here is considered to be quite good.
Sri Lanka, being a developing country, is constantly striving on improving the quality of education.
Schooling here starts from the age of 5 and is compulsory till the age of 13. Students can then opt for further studies based on their interest.
Expats usually prefer sending their children to an international school. You can pick one for your child based on where in Sri Lanka you are staying from this list.
Weather in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, being an island country receives rainfall for almost 8 months, May to December. It is said that this country has two monsoon seasons. Monsoon lasts from May to September and from October to February. The weather during the rest of the year is usually sunny and pleasant.
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