Eastern Province, Sri Lanka

province of Sri Lanka

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.

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
Coordinates: 07°55′N 81°30′E / 7.917°N 81.500°E / 7.917; 81.500Coordinates: 07°55′N 81°30′E / 7.917°N 81.500°E / 7.917; 81.500
CountrySri Lanka
Created1 October 1833
Provincial council14 November 1987
Largest CityKalmunai
 • TypeProvincial council
 • BodyEastern Provincial Council
 • GovernorR.Adm Mohan Wijewickrama
 • Chief MinisterM. N. Abdul Majeed
 • MPs
 • Total9,996 km2 (3,859 sq mi)
 • Land9,361 km2 (3,614 sq mi)
 • Water635 km2 (245 sq mi)  6.35%
Area rank2nd (15.24% of total area)
 (2012 census)[2]
 • Total1,551,381
 • Rank6th (7.66% of total pop.)
 • Density160/km2 (400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (Sri Lanka)
Post Codes
Telephone Codes026, 063, 065, 067
ISO 3166 codeLK-5
Vehicle registrationEP
Official LanguagesTamil, Sinhala
WebsiteEastern 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.[3][4] 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).[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Area of Sri Lanka by province and district" (PDF). Statistical Abstract 2011. Department of Census & Statistics, Sri Lanka.
  2. "A2 : Population by ethnic group according to districts, 2012". Census of Population & Housing, 2011. Department of Census & Statistics, Sri Lanka.
  3. "Provinces of Sri Lanka". Statoids.
  4. "Provincial Councils". Government of Sri Lanka. Archived from the original on 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2014-01-25.

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