Culture of Sri Lanka
People in Sri Lanka speak the Sinhala, and Tamil languages. The linguistic diversity of Sri Lanka is diverse according to a fractionalization scale which for Sri Lanka is 0.4645. The followers of Buddhism are the religious majority in the country. 15.1% of Sri Lanka's population live in cities. This percentage comprises the urban population of Sri Lanka.
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Urbanization rate indicates the rate of population shift from rural to urban areas. The urbanization rate of in Sri Lanka is particularly low, which could be a sign of economic issues. Lack of employment opportunities or urban resources could contribute to low urbanization rates. Countries with low urbanization rates often lack the resources necessary to build functioning urban areas and are comprised largely of rural or undeveloped areas. The rate of urbanization in Sri Lanka is considered to be 0.5. According to data on inbound tourists in Sri Lanka, 1,275,000 tourists arrive in the country each year.
The national anthem of Sri Lanka is called 'Sri Lanka Matha', which in English means 'Mother Sri Lanka'. It was adopted in 1951. Both the music and the lyrics have been composed by Rabindranath Tagore.
The first McDonalds in Sri Lanka was opened on 16 October 1998, and it was located in Colombo. At the moment Sri Lanka has 7 operating McDonalds restaurants. The number of operating McDonalds restaurants in a country is indicative of the influence of Western culture and globalization in that country. Operating McDonalds restaurants could also have a direct impact on the health of a nation's citizens. Around 5% of the population of Sri Lanka are obese.
Each year, the people of Sri Lanka consume 1.5 litre of alcohol per capita, and this volume consists of 13% beer, 0.1% wine, 85.2% distilled spirits, 1.7% other alcohol.
One of the most popular national dishes of Sri Lanka is rice and curry.