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The Land and its History

  • A. Jeyaratnam Wilson

Abstract

Sri Lanka is some 25,332 square miles in area, almost the size of Greece, or of the Low Countries combined, or about one-half the area of England and Wales. It is 270 miles at its longest from north to south and 140 miles at its broadest from west to east. The population at the last census (1971) stood at 12,711,143 and the density per square mile in mid-1965 was 444.

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State Council Royal Commission East India Company Hill Country Legislative Council 
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Notes

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© A. Jeyaratnam Wilson 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Jeyaratnam Wilson
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    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of New BrunswickCanada
  2. 2.Department of Economics and Political ScienceUniversity of Sri LankaSri Lanka

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