Southern Province, Sri Lanka facts for kids
Location within Sri Lanka
|Admitted||14 November 1987|
|• Total||5,544 km2 (2,141 sq mi)|
|Area rank||7th (8.46% of total area)|
|Population (2011 census)|
|• Rank||3rd (12.18% of total pop.)|
|• Density||444.58/km2 (1,151.45/sq mi)|
|Gross Regional Product (2010)|
|• Total||Rs 492 billion|
|• Rank||3rd (10.2% of total)|
|Time zone||Sri Lanka (UTC+05:30)|
|ISO 3166 code||LK-3|
|Official Languages||Sinhala, Tamil|
The Southern Province of Sri Lanka is one of the nine provinces of Sri Lanka, the first level administrative division of the country. The provinces have existed since the 19th century but did not have any legal status until 1987 when the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka established provincial councils. It is the 7th largest province by area and is home to 2.5 million people, the 3rd most populated province. The province is bordered by Sabaragamuwa Province and Uva Province to the North, Eastern Province to the Northeast, Western Province to the Northwest and the Indian Ocean to the South, West and East. The Province's capital is Galle.
The Southern Province is a small geographic area consisting of the districts of Galle, Matara and Hambantota. Subsistence farming and fishing is the main source of income for the vast majority of the people of this region. Government School education is primarily handled by the Southern Provincial Education Department.
Images for kids
Southern Province, Sri Lanka Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.