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Religious Composition of Ethnic Groups - 1981

Religion SINHALESE SRI LANKA TAMIL INDIAN TAMIL SRI LANKA MOOR MALAY BURGHER
Buddhist 93.2 1.7 1.8 0.2 2.1 0.9
Hindu 0.1 80.7 90.0 6.6 3.4 0.4
Muslim 0.1 0.6 0.5 92.6 89.2 1.6
R/Catholic 6.1 14.3 6.2 0.4 2.2 79.3
Christian 0.4 2.3 1.4 0.1 0.6 17.3
Other 0.1 0.4 0.1 0.1 2.5 0.5
TOTAL 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Ethnicity - 1981

ETHNIC GROUP NUMBER PERCENTAGE
Sinhalese 10,979,568 74.0
Sri Lanka Tamil 1,886,864 12.8
Indian Tamil 818,656 5.6
Sri Lanka Moor 1,046,927 7.0
Malay 46,963 0.3
Burgher 39,374 0.3
TOTAL 14,818,352 100.0

Population of Sri Lanka by Race - 1981

RACE NUMBER
Sinhalese (Low Country & Kandyan)

11,027,000

Sri Lanka Tamil 1,752,000
Indian Tamils 1,031,000
Sri Lanka Moor 1,056,000
Indian Moor 29,000
Malay 50,000
Burgher 49,000
Other 16,000
TOTAL 15,010,000