Sri Lanka: Reserves

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 Sri Lanka

Foreign exchange reserves including gold, billion USD

 Latest value 3.14
 Year 2021
 Measure billion U.S. dollars
 Data availability 1960 - 2021
 Average 2.08
 Min - Max 0.04 - 8.21
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for Sri Lanka from 1960 to 2021. The average value for Sri Lanka during that period was 2.08 billion U.S. dollars with a minimum of 0.04 billion U.S. dollars in 1966 and a maximum of 8.21 billion U.S. dollars in 2014. The latest value from 2021 is 3.14 billion U.S. dollars. For comparison, the world average in 2021 based on 157 countries is 95.38 billion U.S. dollars. 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 - Reserves - Recent values chart

Historical chart
Sri Lanka - Reserves - historical chart - 1960-2021




The reserves of Sri Lanka and other countries include their holdings of foreign currencies and gold. These are the reserves of the central bank and the treasury of the country, not the private sector.

When countries export products or attract investment from other countries, they receive foreign currencies. They use some of these currencies to buy imports and to invest in other countries. The rest is held in reserves and some of the reserves may be converted to gold.
Definition: Total reserves comprise holdings of monetary gold, special drawing rights, reserves of IMF members held by the IMF, and holdings of foreign exchange under the control of monetary authorities. The gold component of these reserves is valued at year-end (December 31) London prices. Data are in current U.S. dollars.

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