Northern Province, Sri Lanka facts for kids
Sunset over a lagoon
Location within Sri Lanka
Districts of the Northern Province
|Created||1 October 1833|
|Provincial council||14 November 1987|
|• Total||8,884 km2 (3,430 sq mi)|
|• Land||8,290 km2 (3,200 sq mi)|
|Area rank||3rd (13.54% of total area)|
|Population (2012 census)|
|• Rank||9th (5.22% of total pop.)|
|• Density||119.176/km2 (308.665/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Sri Lanka (UTC+05:30)|
|Telephone Codes||021, 023, 024|
|ISO 3166 code||LK-4|
|Official languages||Tamil, Sinhala|
The Northern Province (Tamil: வட மாகாணம் Vaṭakku Mākāṇam; Sinhala: උතුරු පළාත Uturu Paḷāta) is one of the nine provinces of Sri Lanka. The capital of the province is Jaffna. The Sri Lankan Civil War began in this province. It where most of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka live.
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.
|Palk Strait||Bay of Bengal||Bay of Bengal|
Gulf of Mannar
|Bay of Bengal|
|North Western Province||North Central Province||Eastern Province|
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