Western Province, Sri Lanka


Western Province, Sri Lanka
Western Province
බස්නාහිර පළාත
மேல் மாகாணம்

Basnahira Province
—  Province  —

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Location within Sri Lanka
Country  Sri Lanka
Created 1833
Admitted 14 November 1987
Capital Sri Jayawardenapura
Largest City Colombo
Government
 – Governor Alavi Moulana
 – Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga
Area
 – Total 3,709 km2 (1,432.1 sq mi)
Area rank 9th (5.64% of total area)
Population (2001)
 – Total 5,361,200
 – Rank 1st (28.79% of total pop.)
 – Density 1,445.5/km2 (3,743.7/sq mi)
  Population increased 36.8% over past 10 years
Gross Regional Product (2010)[1]
 – Total Rs 2,178 billion
 – Rank 1st (45.1% of total)
Time zone Sri Lanka (UTC+05:30)
Official Languages Sinhala, Tamil
Website wpc.gov.lk

The Western Province (Sinhala: බස්නාහිර පළාත Basnahira Palata, Tamil: மேல் மாகாணம் Mael Maakaanam) is the most densely populated province of Sri Lanka. It is home to the legislative capital Sri Jayawardenapura as well to Colombo, the nation's administrative and business center.

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Districts

Basnahira is divided into 3 districts:

Major Cities and Towns

Education

Almost all the premier educational institutions in the island are located in Basnahira. Universities in the province includes the University of Colombo, the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, University of Kelaniya, Open University, Sri Lanka, Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, University of Moratuwa and the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology. Having the highest population in the all the provinces, Basnahira has the largest amount of schools in the country, which includes National, Provincial, Private and International schools.

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Coordinates: 6°50′N 80°05′E / 6.833°N 80.083°E / 6.833; 80.083


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