Polonnaruwa District

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Polonnaruwa District

පොළොන්නරුව දිස්ත්‍රික්කය
பொலன்னறுவை மாவட்டம்
Polonnaruwa district.svg
Map of Sri Lanka with Polonnaruwa District highlighted
Coordinates: 8°00′N81°00′E / 8.000°N 81.000°E / 8.000; 81.000 Coordinates: 8°00′N81°00′E / 8.000°N 81.000°E / 8.000; 81.000
CountrySri Lanka
Province North Central Province
Largest Town Polonnaruwa
DS Division [1]
List
  • Dimbulagala
  • Elahera
  • Hingurakgoda
  • Lankapura
  • Medirigiriya
  • Thamankaduwa
  • Welikanda
Government
   District Secretary W. A. Dharmasiri
   MPs
  MPCs [2]
List
Area
[3]
  Total3,293 km2 (1,271 sq mi)
  Land3,077 km2 (1,188 sq mi)
  Water216 km2 (83 sq mi)  6.55%
Area rank5th (5.01% of total area)
Population
 (2012) [4]
  Total403,335
  Density120/km2 (320/sq mi)
Ethnicity
[5]
   Sinhalese 365,476 (90.6%)
   Moors 29,060 (7.2%)
   Sri Lankan Tamil 7,356 (1.8%)
   Indian Tamil 1,190 (0.3%)
  Other253 (0.06%)
Religion
[6]
   Buddhist 361,920 (89.7%)
   Muslim 30,427 (7.5%)
   Hindu 6,835 (1.7%)
   Christian 4,090 (1.00%)
  Other63 (0.01%)
Time zone UTC+05:30 (Sri Lanka)
Post Codes
51000
Telephone Codes 027
ISO 3166 code LK-72
Vehicle registration NC
Official Languages Sinhala, Tamil

Polonnaruwa District (Sinhala : පොළොන්නරුව දිස්ත්‍රික්කය; Tamil : பொலன்னறுவை மாவட்டம்) is one of the 25 districts of Sri Lanka, the second level administrative division of the country. It is also one of the two districts of North Central Province and has an area of 3,293 km2. [7]

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The district is administered by a District Secretariat headed by a District Secretary (previously known as a Government Agent) appointed by the central government of Sri Lanka. The capital of the district is the city of Polonnaruwa.

Demographics

Ethnicity

The majority of the population are Sinhalese with a minority Sri Lankan Moor and Sri Lankan Tamil population. [8]

Ethnicity in Polonnaruwa District [9]
PopulationPercent
Sinhalese
90.6%
Sri Lankan Moor
7.2%
Sri Lankan Tamil
1.8%
Indian Tamils
0.3%

Religion

Religion in Polonnaruwa District (2011) [10]

   Buddhism (89.7%)
   Islam (7.5%)
   Hinduism (1.7%)
   Christianity (1.0%)
  Other (0.0%)

According to the 2011 census [10] 89.7% of the population were Buddhists, 7.5% Muslim, 1.7% Hindu and 1% Christian.

Education

Following are some of the schools in the Polonnaruwa District.

Towns

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