Sri Lanka: Population size

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 Sri Lanka

Population size, in millions

 Latest value 22.18
 Year 2022
 Measure million
 Data availability 1960 - 2022
 Average 16.82
 Min - Max 9.78 - 22.18
 Source United Nations Population Division
For that indicator, we provide data for Sri Lanka from 1960 to 2022. The average value for Sri Lanka during that period was 16.82 million with a minimum of 9.78 million in 1960 and a maximum of 22.18 million in 2022. The latest value from 2022 is 22.18 million. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 196 countries is 40.31 million. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Sri Lanka - Population size - Recent values chart

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Sri Lanka - Population size - historical chart - 1960-2022




The population size of Sri Lanka and other countries is defined as the number of people living on the territory of the country. It includes domestic born and foreign born residents.
Definition: Total population is based on the de facto definition of population, which counts all residents regardless of legal status or citizenship. The values shown are midyear estimates.


 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Population size 22.18 2022 million
 Percent urban population 19.03 2022 percent
 Population density 358 2021 people per square km
 Population ages 65 and above 11.54 2022 percent
 Percent children 22.82 2022 percent
 Percent female population 51.84 2022 percent
 Rural population, percent 80.97 2022 percent
 Age dependency ratio 52.33 2022 percent
 Refugee population 504 2022 refugees
 Migrant population 0 2015 percent
 Population growth 0.11 2022 percent
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