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Eastern Province

கிழக்கு மாகாணம்
නැගෙනහිර පළාත
Fishing boats on Batticaloa Lagoon
Fishing boats on Batticaloa Lagoon
Flag of Eastern Province
Location within Sri Lanka
Location within Sri Lanka
Country Sri Lanka
Created 1 October 1833
Provincial council 14 November 1987
Capital Trincomalee
Largest City Kalmunai
 • Type Provincial council
 • Body Eastern Provincial Council
 • Total 9,996 km2 (3,859 sq mi)
 • Land 9,361 km2 (3,614 sq mi)
 • Water 635 km2 (245 sq mi)  6.35%
Area rank 2nd (15.24% of total area)
 (2012 census)
 • Total 1,551,381
 • Rank 6th (7.66% of total pop.)
 • Density 155.200/km2 (401.967/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+05:30 (Sri Lanka)
Post Codes
Telephone Codes 026, 063, 065, 067
ISO 3166 code LK-5
Vehicle registration EP
Official Languages Tamil, Sinhala

The Eastern Province (Tamil: கிழக்கு மாகாணம் Kil̮akku Mākāṇam; Sinhala: නැගෙනහිර පළාත Næ̆gĕnahira Paḷāta) is one of the nine provinces of Sri Lanka. The capital of the province is Trincomalee.

Provinces are the first level administrative division of the country. Provinces in Sri Lanka were created in the 19th century. Provincial councils were created in 1987 by a change to the Constitution. Between 1988 and 2006 the Northern Province and the Eastern Province were temporarily put together to make the North Eastern Province.

The Eastern Province has an area of 9,996 square kilometres (3,859 sq mi).

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