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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. "

The InterNations Expat Guide for working and living in Sri Lanka

Are you an expat working and living in Sri Lanka? Or are you preparing to move soon to Colombo, Kandy or any other of the Sri Lankan international hotspots?

Expat life in Sri Lanka has much to offer and provides a great intercultural experience – from discovering the countryside like the spiritual heart of the country, learning how Sri Lankan people celebrate Tamil Thai Pongal Day, up to tasting Sri Lanka’s favorite dishes such as rice and curry.

However, InterNations does not only address expats in Sri Lanka. We have brief overview guides for various locations around the world – from living in UK to moving to Malaysia.

Top Articles in the Sri Lanka Expat Guide

  • 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!

Working and living in Sri Lanka – Valuable Information from A to Z

Moving to and living in Sri Lanka requires a wealth of up-to-date, trustworthy information on various aspects of Sri Lankan expat life. Living abroad in Sri Lanka raises a lot of questions such as: ʺHow do I find the best relocation services for moving to Sri Lanka?ʺ, ʺWhat are an expat couple's average living expenses in Colombo?ʺ, ʺWhich international school in Colombo should our kids attend?ʺ or, ʺHow do I obtain a work permit for my spouse at the Sri Lankan municipality in Galle?ʺ

Collecting all that information on working and living in Sri Lanka is quite laborious and time-consuming. Our InterNations Expat Guide for Sri Lanka aims to help you and provides you with reliable info on those topics that matter to expats living in Sri Lanka. The Guide includes information on many different areas ranging from health-care, to restaurants & nightlife or local infrastructure, up to international schools. Typical questions related to expat life abroad, such as ʺShould I study some basic Sinhala or Tamil, or rather both of them?ʺ, will no longer remain unanswered.

Are you curious about expatriate living outside Sri Lanka? Then read more about our various expat guides, such as living in Peru or moving to Poland!

Tips on living and working in Sri Lanka – From specialised travel agents to public utility providers

Moreover, our expat directory for Sri Lanka includes recommended listings of expat institutions and relocation services, e.g. specialised travel agents or public utility providers. As a member, you’ll also be able to share your experiences of living abroad in Sri Lanka with your fellow expats on the InterNations Forum. We are looking forward to welcoming you with a heart-felt Piliganimu & enna vishayam from our expats living and working 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. "

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