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Table 3. 
Sri Lanka: Population, urbanization, and ethnic composition, 2012
Ethnic composition (%)
ProvincePopulation (thousands)Urban population1 (%)SinhaleseSri Lankan TamilIndian TamilMuslimOther
Western province 5,854 38.8 84.1 5.8 1.0 7.9 1.2 
Colombo district 2,324 77.5 76.5 10.1 1.0 10.8 1.5 
Central province 2,572 10.5 65.9 4.9 18.9 9.9 0.3 
Sourthern province 2,477 10.6 95.0 1.0 0.7 2.9 0.4 
Northern province 1,062 16.5 2.0 92.9 0.8 2.9 1.4 
Eastern province 1,555 25.0 23.2 39.3 0.3 36.9 0.4 
Northwestern province 2,380 4.1 85.8 2.8 0.2 11.1 0.2 
North Central province 1,267 4.3 90.8 0.9 0.1 8.0 0.2 
Uva province 1,266 5.8 80.8 2.4 12.2 4.3 0.2 
Sabaragamuwa province 1,929 6.0 86.3 3.7 5.4 4.3 0.3 
Sri Lanka 20,359 18.2 74.9 11.1 4.1 9.3 0.5 
Ethnic composition (%)
ProvincePopulation (thousands)Urban population1 (%)SinhaleseSri Lankan TamilIndian TamilMuslimOther
Western province 5,854 38.8 84.1 5.8 1.0 7.9 1.2 
Colombo district 2,324 77.5 76.5 10.1 1.0 10.8 1.5 
Central province 2,572 10.5 65.9 4.9 18.9 9.9 0.3 
Sourthern province 2,477 10.6 95.0 1.0 0.7 2.9 0.4 
Northern province 1,062 16.5 2.0 92.9 0.8 2.9 1.4 
Eastern province 1,555 25.0 23.2 39.3 0.3 36.9 0.4 
Northwestern province 2,380 4.1 85.8 2.8 0.2 11.1 0.2 
North Central province 1,267 4.3 90.8 0.9 0.1 8.0 0.2 
Uva province 1,266 5.8 80.8 2.4 12.2 4.3 0.2 
Sabaragamuwa province 1,929 6.0 86.3 3.7 5.4 4.3 0.3 
Sri Lanka 20,359 18.2 74.9 11.1 4.1 9.3 0.5 

Source: Sri Lanka Department of Census and Statistics, Population and Housing Census 2012, http://www.statistics.gov.lk/PopHouSat/CPH2011/Pages/Activities/Reports/CPH_2012_5Per_Rpt.pdf.

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