capital and largest city of Sri Lanka
Colombo (Sinhala: කොළඹ; Tamil: கொழும்பு) is the largest city of Sri Lanka. It is the city which is economically most important to the country. It has 642,163 people. It is on the west coast close to the capital city of Kotte.
|Coordinates: 6°56′04″N 79°50′34″E / 6.93444°N 79.84278°ECoordinates: 6°56′04″N 79°50′34″E / 6.93444°N 79.84278°E|
|• Municipal Council||Colombo Municipal Council|
|• Headquarters||Town Hall|
|• Mayor||Rosy Senanayake (UNP)|
|• Commercial Capital||37.31 km2 (14.41 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1 m (3 ft)|
|• Commercial Capital||752,993|
|• Density||20,182/km2 (52,270/sq mi)|
|• Urban||2,323,826 (area size 699 sq km)|
|• Metro||5,648,000 (area size 3,684 sq km)|
|Time zone||UTC+05:30 (SLST)|
The name Colombo is borrowed from Sinhala language name Kola-amba-thota which means "harbor with leafy mango trees". Traveller Ibn Batuta in the 14th century referred to it as Kalanpu.
- ↑ Britannica World Data. Encyclopedia Britannica. 2014. p. 726. ISBN 978-1-62513-171-3. Archived from the original on 3 June 2017.
- ↑ "A6 : Population by ethnicity and district according to Divisional Secretary's Division, 2012". Census of Population & Housing, 2011. Department of Census & Statistics, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original on 1 November 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2014.