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The pop­u­la­tion of Sri Lanka is 21 million, and its largest city and cap­i­tal is Colombo. It has been known by many dif­fer­ent names through­out its his­tory, in­clud­ing Lanka, He­labima, Serendib, and Cey­lon. Its cur­rent name means “re­splen­dent land” in San­skrit. It’s said to be one of the few places on Earth where you can see both the world’s largest land mam­mal, the ele­phant, and sea mam­mal, the blue whale, in a sin­gle day. It’s thought to be home to the world’s old­est tree, the 2,000-yearold Sri Maha Bodhi in Anu­rad­ha­pura.

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