Sri Lanka

Your Expat
Community in Sri Lanka

Connect with fellow expats in Sri Lanka
Join exciting events and groups
Get information in our Sri Lanka guides
Exchange tips about expat life in Sri Lanka

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 Our Network of Expats in Sri Lanka!

Piliganimu and enna vishayam, and a very warm welcome to our expat community in Sri Lanka! As part of our private network, you can interact with other InterNations expats about your relocation to Sri Lanka. Our expats have real life experience of moving to another country, and are happy to help you in answering any questions you might have about moving. You might want to ask questions like, “what is the education system like in Sri Lanka?” or “which neighborhoods are safest in Colombo?”; whatever you want to know, the expat community in Sri Lanka is available to help you.

With InterNations, you never stand alone. Whether you are moving to another country or going on a business trip somewhere — our communities around the world are there to make you feel at home wherever you are. Feel free to check out our vibrant InterNations Communities in countries like Germany or Saudi Arabia.

Join Our Exciting Events in Sri Lanka

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

Find More Information in Our Sri Lanka Expat Guides

  • Moving to Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka is the oldest democracy in South Asia and a multicultural country with three well differentiated religions: Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims. The island has a tropical climate and it is affected by the Indian Ocean’s monsoon. So make sure you are well prepared prior to your move to Sri Lanka!
  • Living in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka provides free public education to the local population and for expats but there are also private schools available. The road network is the main way of transport on the island, while crime and safety rates can vary significantly depending on location. Read on to learn more about life in Sri Lanka!
  • Working in Sri Lanka

    Today, Sri Lanka is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and with a private sector of continuously growing importance. If you are thinking of working in Sri Lanka, you may be able to find a job online, but do not forget to read up on visa requirements and work permits!

Exchange Tips about living in Sri Lanka

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

Embark on Your Life as an Expat in Sri Lanka

The tiny island of Sri Lanka may be small, but its history and culture are big, from its spectacular landscape of rainforest and beaches, to its ancient Buddhist ruins, palaces, and frescoes. Its capital Colombo is a thriving port city with impressive architecture, modern amenities, and plenty of beaches, while its ancient city Anuradhapura is a World Heritage Site. Sri Lanka has seen strong economic growth since the end of the 26-year-long conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Reconstruction and development in war-torn and impoverished areas are increasing, but unemployment is relatively high, and many expats are competing with Sri Lankan graduates and workers for jobs. Instead many expats work in the tourism industry, teaching English, or in assisting with building Sri Lanka's infrastructure. Despite the difficulties the country has faced, many expats find the locals to be warm and welcoming, while some have struggled to live alongside the strong military presence still prominent in Sri Lanka. The cost of living in Sri Lanka is relatively low, so many expats have a comfortable and luxurious lifestyle living the country. Plus, your community doesn't have to stop there.

InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 390 cities around the world. Meet fellow global minds in your city of residence or get to know local expatriates before you're moving or traveling abroad 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 Portugal or Peru, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.

Find Like-Minded People to Share Your Adventure in Sri Lanka With

As a member of InterNations you can feel safe and secure, as all of our members have been approved by us to become a part of our exclusive global network. Every member understands the guiding principles of InterNations and how to network safely with other members. Why not meet up with your fellow expats when you arrive in Sri Lanka? InterNations has a number of exciting groups and events in Colombo — from the Arts and Culture Group to the Outdoor, Beach and Sports Group. Whatever your interests were at home you can continue your favorite hobby, or start a new one with InterNations! You can also attend our larger social and networking events to meet fascinating international people. Having a fun and exciting social life in your new country is a great way to get settled into your new life. Connect now with other like-minded expats and ensure that your relocation is a complete success!

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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