Eastern Province, Sri Lanka

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Eastern Province
கிழக்கு மாகாணம்
නැගෙනහිර පළාත
Province
Fishing boats on Batticaloa Lagoon
Fishing boats on Batticaloa Lagoon
Flag of Eastern Province
Flag
Location within Sri Lanka
Location within Sri Lanka
CountrySri Lanka
Created1 October 1833
Provincial council14 November 1987
CapitalTrincomalee
Largest CityKalmunai
Districts
Government
 • TypeProvincial council
 • BodyEastern Provincial Council
 • GovernorR.Adm Mohan Wijewickrama
 • Chief MinisterM. N. Abdul Majeed
 • MPs
Area[1]
 • Total9,996 km2 (3,859 sq mi)
 • Land9,361 km2 (3,614 sq mi)
 • Water635 km2 (245 sq mi)  6.35%
Area rank2nd (15.24% of total area)
Population (2012 census)[2]
 • Total1,551,381
 • Rank6th (7.66% of total pop.)
 • Density160/km2 (400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (Sri Lanka)
Post Codes30000-32999
Telephone Codes026, 063, 065, 067
ISO 3166 codeLK-5
Vehicle registrationEP
Official LanguagesTamil, Sinhala
WebsiteEastern Provincial Council

The Eastern Province (Tamil: கிழக்கு மாகாணம் Kil̮akku Mākāṇam; Sinhalese: නැගෙනහිර පළාත Næ̆gĕnahira Paḷāta) is one of the nine provinces of Sri Lanka. The capital of the province is Trincomalee.

Provinces are the first level administrative division of the country. Provinces in Sri Lanka were created in the 19th century. Provincial councils were created in 1987 by a change to the Constitution.[3][4] Between 1988 and 2006 the Northern Province and the Eastern Province were temporarily put together to make the North Eastern Province.

The Eastern Province has an area of 9,996 square kilometres (3,859 sq mi).[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Area of Sri Lanka by province and district" (PDF). Statistical Abstract 2011. Department of Census & Statistics, Sri Lanka.
  2. "A2 : Population by ethnic group according to districts, 2012". Census of Population & Housing, 2011. Department of Census & Statistics, Sri Lanka.
  3. "Provinces of Sri Lanka". Statoids.
  4. "Provincial Councils". Government of Sri Lanka.

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