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Sandro Pedace

"On coming to Colombo, I was dreading the culture shock. However, expats and local contacts gave me some great advice. "

Isabelle Jacobs

"It was fun to find other cricket fans among the expats around here and watch some matches at a Colombo club together. "

Welcome to Your InterNations Community of Expats in Colombo

Piliganimu, enna vishayam and welcome to InterNations Colombo! Especially created to support expats, we have amassed a wealth of information, guides and advice to help you on your way. From the initial preparations to finding new hobbies and joining the workforce, we aim to address your concerns and help you overcome any obstacles. Take advantage of our resources to find answers to your questions such as "which suburbs should expats expect to move to?" and "what education facilities are available?". In our forum, you'll find our friendly expats who have already made the move to Colombo and are always happy to share their experiences. If you have any concerns or day-to-day questions, let their first-hand knowledge and insider tips give you reassurance as you make you way in Sri Lanka's capital.

With InterNations, you never stand alone. Whether you move to another city or go on a business trip somewhere — our communities are there to make you feel at home wherever you are in the world. Feel free to also check out our other vibrant InterNations Communities like the ones in Singapore or Dubai.

Join Our Exciting Events in Colombo

Attend our monthly events and activities for Colombo expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.

Find More Information in Our Colombo Expat Guides

  • Moving to Colombo

    Colombo is a lively but livable city, with interesting architecture, quaint boulevards, but a relatively small population and consequently not many expats. Moving to this city can therefore be difficult, but after an initial phase can surely be a rewarding experience. Find out more in our expat guide!
  • Living in Colombo

    Colombo has a beautiful waterfront, interesting colonial architecture and lush gardens, but still some typical downsides of developing cities, such us pollution and traffic jams, which should be considered when moving to the city. Find out more about living in Colombo in our expat guide!
  • Working in Colombo

    Colombo is not the capital city of Sri Lanka, but it certainly is its major hub, both for economy and culture. The local job market is therefore active and expats can surely find some interesting opportunities in different sectors. Find out more in our guide!

Exchange Tips about living in Colombo

Get trustworthy advice and local insights from fellow members in our Colombo expat forums.

Embark on a New Life in Colombo

Colombo is the economic center of Sri Lanka and the city hosts the headquarters of most of Sri Lanka's major corporations. These are located in the business district known as the Fort and include chemicals, glass, leather goods, textiles, jewelry and furniture. Just outside the Fort district is Pettah, a bustling center of stalls and streets specializing in a range of goods including electronics. In the same area, you can find the mile-long Sea Street; the center of Sri Lanka's gold market and dominated by jewelry shops. Expats ready to explore the culture of Colombo will find the peaceful Gangaramaya Buddhist temple, the impressive National Museum of Colombo and several theaters and performing arts centers. Sports fans will discover that cricket is a passion of Colombo with major matches held at the Premadasa Stadium. Other popular sports include swimming, rowing, rugby, and Formula 1.

InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 390 cities across the globe. Get to know fellow internationals in your city, before you're moving, or when traveling somewhere and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Shanghai or Riyadh, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.

At Our Events in Colombo You'll Make Friends with Other Expats in No Time!

When you've landed in Colombo and are ready to meet new friends, you are invited to our regular InterNations Official Events to socialize, have fun and network with other members. You'll soon find that you're part of a fascinating group of global minds and InterNations provides you with the opportunities to build a vibrant social circle while sharing hobbies and interests. Arts and culture, beaches and the outdoors are a selection of the interests you can pursue while having fun with like-minded expats in Colombo , thanks to InterNations Groups. You have the reassurance of knowing that, before you even arrive, you have friends waiting.

Sandro Pedace

"On coming to Colombo, I was dreading the culture shock. However, expats and local contacts gave me some great advice. "

Isabelle Jacobs

"It was fun to find other cricket fans among the expats around here and watch some matches at a Colombo club together. "

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