Eastern Province, Sri Lanka
Fishing boats on Batticaloa Lagoon
Location within Sri Lanka
|Created||1 October 1833|
|Provincial council||14 November 1987|
|• Type||Provincial council|
|• Body||Eastern Provincial Council|
|• Governor||R.Adm Mohan Wijewickrama|
|• Chief Minister||M. N. Abdul Majeed|
|• 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)|
|• Rank||6th (7.66% of total pop.)|
|• Density||160/km2 (400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+05:30 (Sri Lanka)|
|Telephone Codes||026, 063, 065, 067|
|ISO 3166 code||LK-5|
|Official Languages||Tamil, Sinhala|
|Website||Eastern Provincial Council|
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).
- "Area of Sri Lanka by province and district" (PDF). Statistical Abstract 2011. Department of Census & Statistics, Sri Lanka.
- "A2 : Population by ethnic group according to districts, 2012". Census of Population & Housing, 2011. Department of Census & Statistics, Sri Lanka.
- "Provinces of Sri Lanka". Statoids.
- "Provincial Councils". Government of Sri Lanka.