United States compared to Sri Lanka

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If you moved to Sri Lanka from United States, you would..


make 80.5% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Sri Lanka Sri Lanka ($11,200 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Sri Lanka, the GDP per capita is $11,200.
Category: United States vs. Sri Lanka - GDP Per Capita

pay 62.1% less in taxes


United States United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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Sri Lanka Sri Lanka (15% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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In United States, citizens pay a top marginal tax rate (the highest tax rate you can pay) of 39.6%. In Sri Lanka, the top marginal tax rate is 15%.
Category: United States vs. Sri Lanka - Tax Rate

live 3 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Sri Lanka Sri Lanka (76.8 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Sri Lanka, the average life expectancy is 76.8 years.
Category: United States vs. Sri Lanka - Life Expectancy

consume 95.9% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Sri Lanka Sri Lanka (494 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Sri Lanka, that number is 494 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Sri Lanka - Electricity Consumption

have 24% more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Sri Lanka Sri Lanka (15.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Sri Lanka, that number is 15.5 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Sri Lanka - Birth Rate

be 41.1% less likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people - 2010 est.)
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Sri Lanka Sri Lanka (8.9% of people - 2010 est.)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Sri Lanka, that number is 8.9% of people.
Category: United States vs. Sri Lanka - Poverty Line

be 48.3% more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Sri Lanka Sri Lanka (8.6 per 1,000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 5.8 per 1,000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Sri Lanka, on the other hand, 8.6 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Sri Lanka - Infant Mortality

see 93.3% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Sri Lanka Sri Lanka (1,340 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Sri Lanka, that number is 1,340 km.
Category: United States vs. Sri Lanka - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and Sri Lanka Inland Revenue Department.


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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.

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