For seven decades, his home has been the Hendala Leprosy Hospital near Sri Lanka’s capital of Colombo.When he and the nearly 40 other patients here eventually die, the leprosy hospital will close for good.This article is about the demographic features of the population of Sri Lanka, including population density, ethnicity, education level, health of the populace, economic status, religious affiliations and other aspects of the population. During times of Portuguese colonization, Moors were persecuted, and many forced to retreat to the central highlands and the eastern coast.Sri Lanka is an island in the Indian Ocean also called Ceylon and many other names. It is about 28 kilometres (18 mi.) off the south-eastern coast of India with a population of about 20 million. The British brought them to Sri Lanka in the 19th century as tea and rubber plantation workers, and they remain concentrated in the "tea country" of south-central Sri Lanka.According to the 2012 census 24% of the population could speak English.The government is seeking to reverse the decline in the use of English, mainly for economic but also for political reasons.The Veddahs speak Vedda, a Creole language closely based on Sinhala.
Sizeable minorities of both Sinhalese and Tamils are Christians, most of whom are Roman Catholic.The ink faded during his years here, but he still believes in the message: Do or Die.To prove it, he cradles a harmonica with his damaged hands and starts playing.Of the 18,615,577 aged 5 or over, 499,563 (2.7%) had received a higher education qualification, 2,293,841 (12.3%) had passed G. Another 75,000 Indian Tamils, who themselves or whose parents once applied for Indian citizenship, now wish to remain in Sri Lanka. They are mostly concentrated in urban areas in the southern parts of the island with substantial populations in the Central and Eastern provinces.The government has stated these Tamils will not be forced to return to India, although they are not technically citizens of Sri Lanka.