Comparing United States to Sri Lanka

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MAKE 87.7% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Sri Lanka  SRI LANKA ($6,500.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Sri Lanka, that number is $6,500.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Sri Lanka GDP

LIVE 3.2 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Sri Lanka  SRI LANKA (76.35 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Sri Lanka, the average life expectancy is 76.35.
Category: United States vs. Sri Lanka life expectancy

CONSUME 96.6% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Sri Lanka  SRI LANKA (408 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Sri Lanka, it is 408 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Sri Lanka electricity consumption

BE 83.3% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Sri Lanka  SRI LANKA (0.1% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Sri Lanka, that number is 0.1%.
Category: United States vs. Sri Lanka AIDS percentage

BE 46.2% MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Sri Lanka  SRI LANKA (9.02 per 1000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Sri Lanka, on the other hand, there are a total of 9.02 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Sri Lanka infant mortality

BE 30.1% LESS LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Sri Lanka  SRI LANKA (5.1% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Sri Lanka 5.1% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Sri Lanka unemployment rate

HAVE 21% MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Sri Lanka  SRI LANKA (16.24 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Sri Lanka, however, there are a total of 16.24 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Sri Lanka birth rate

BE 41.1% LESS LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Sri Lanka  SRI LANKA (8.9% of people)
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In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Sri Lanka, 8.9% are.
Category: United States vs. Sri Lanka poverty

SEE A 93.3% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Sri Lanka  SRI LANKA (1,340km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Sri Lanka has a total of 1,340 km.
Category: United States vs. Sri Lanka coastline

At a Glance: Sri Lanka

  • Land Area: ~66 thousand sq km (United States is ~150 times bigger than Sri Lanka)
  • Population: ~22 million people (297 million more people live in United States)

How big is Sri Lanka compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Sri Lanka (65,610 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 65,610 sq km. The first Sinhalese arrived in Sri Lanka late in the 6th century B.C., probably from northern India. Buddhism was introduced in about the mid-third century B.C., and a great civilization developed at the cities of Anuradhapura (kingdom from circa 200 B.C. to circa A.D. 1000) and Polonnaruwa (from about 1070 to 1200). In the 14th century, a south Indian dynasty established a Tamil kingdom in northern Sri Lanka. The coastal areas of the island were controlled by the Portuguese in the 16th century and by the Dutch in the 17th century. The island was ceded to the British in 1796, became a crown colony in 1802, and was formally united under British rule by 1815. As Ceylon, it became independent in 1948; its name was changed to Sri Lanka in 1972. Tensions between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil separatists erupted into war in 1983. After two decades of fighting, the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) formalized a cease-fire in February 2002 with Norway brokering peace negotiations. Violence between the LTTE and government forces intensified in 2006, but the government regained control of the Eastern Province in 2007. By May 2009, the government announced that its military had defeated the remnants of the LTTE. Since the end of the conflict, the government has enacted an ambitious program of economic development projects, many of which are financed by loans from the Government of China. In addition to efforts to reconstruct its economy, the government has resettled more than 95% of those civilians who were displaced during the final phase of the conflict and released the vast majority of former LTTE combatants captured by Government Security Forces. At the same time, there has been little progress on more contentious and politically difficult issues such as reaching a political settlement with Tamil elected representatives and holding accountable those alleged to have been involved in human rights violations and other abuses during the conflict.

The data on this page is calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2014 data).