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Pros and Cons of Living in Sri Lanka

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 27, 2023

Summary: The pros of living in Sri Lanka include its beautiful scenery, friendly people, and rich culture. The country is known for its stunning beaches, lush jungles, and ancient ruins. Additionally, Sri Lanka is a very affordable place to live, with a low cost of living and a wide variety of affordable housing options. The people of Sri Lanka are also very welcoming and friendly, making it a great place to make new friends. Finally, Sri Lanka is home to a rich culture, with a variety of religions, languages, and traditions. The cons of living in Sri Lanka include its lack of infrastructure and economic development. The country is still recovering from a long civil war, and many areas lack basic amenities such as reliable electricity and running water. Additionally, the country is still struggling with poverty and inequality, and there is a lack of job opportunities for many people. Finally, the country is prone to natural disasters such as floods and cyclones, which can cause significant damage and disruption.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Sri Lanka?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Sri Lanka responded:

"Expats and digital nomads often appreciate the low cost of living in Sri Lanka, as well as the friendly locals and the beautiful scenery. They also enjoy the country's rich culture and history, as well as the variety of activities available. On the other hand, some expats and digital nomads may find the infrastructure and public transportation lacking, as well as the slow internet speeds. Additionally, the hot and humid climate can be a challenge for some," explained one expat in Sri Lanka.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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