What was the ethnic composition of Sri Lanka?

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What was the ethnic composition of Sri Lanka?

Answer:

  • The major social groups of Sri Lanka are: the Sinhala speakers (74 per cent) and the Tamil
    speakers (18 per cent).
  • Among Tamils there are two sub-groups: Tamil natives of the country are called ‘Sri Lankan Tamils’ and the rest, whose forefathers came from India as plantation workers during colonial period are called ‘Indian Tamils’.
  • Sri Lankan Tamils are concentrated in the north and east of the country.
  • Most of the Sinhala-speaking people are Buddhists, while most of the Tamils are Hindus or Muslims. There are about 7 per cent Christians who are both Tamils and Sinhalas.