Buddhism in Sri Lanka

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Approximate population of Buddhist people in each area from 2001 and 1981 (italics) Census

Theravada Buddhism is the main, or official religion in Sri Lanka. Based on the 2012 Census, 14,222,844, or 70.2% of people practice Buddhism.[1] People who practice Sri Lankan Buddhism is mostly the Sinhalese population.

Sri Lanka Constitution Article 9 says that Buddhism is the main religion in Sri Lanka. This is because people who practice it wanted Buddhism to have a high position like before colonisation. Buddhism has been inside Sri Lanka for thousands of years.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Background Note: Sri Lanka Archived 2019-01-07 at the Wayback Machine US Department of State
  2. "Census of Population and Housing of Sri Lanka, 2012 – Table A4: Population by district, religion, and sex Archived 29 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine" (PDF). Department of Census & Statistics, Sri Lanka.