Sri Lanka: Research and development expenditure

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 Sri Lanka

Research and development expenditure, percent of GDP

 Latest value 0.12
 Year 2020
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1996 - 2020
 Average 0.13
 Min - Max 0.10 - 0.18
 Source The United Nations
For that indicator, we provide data for Sri Lanka from 1996 to 2020. The average value for Sri Lanka during that period was 0.13 percent with a minimum of 0.1 percent in 2013 and a maximum of 0.18 percent in 1996. The latest value from 2020 is 0.12 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2020 based on 84 countries is 1.19 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Recent values chart
Sri Lanka - Research and development expenditure - Recent values chart

Historical chart
Sri Lanka - Research and development expenditure - historical chart - 1996-2020




The expenditure for R&D on the charts includes both private and public spending on research and development.
Definition: Gross domestic expenditures on research and development (R&D), expressed as a percent of GDP. They include both capital and current expenditures in the four main sectors: Business enterprise, Government, Higher education and Private non-profit. R&D covers basic research, applied research, and experimental development.


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