Sinhalese people

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Row 2: Rajasinghe II • Mahinda Rajapaksa • Ernest de Silva • Wimalaratne Kumaragama • Arisen Ahubudu
Row 3: Chandrika Kumaratunga • Rosy Senanayake • Nanda Malini • Nadeeka Perera • Susanthika Jayasinghe

Sinhala, Tamil, English

Buddhist (mostly Theravada) majority, Christian and Hindu minorities

Sri Lankan people, Sri Lankan Tamil, South Indian Tamil, Indo-Aryans, Bengali people

The Sinhalese are the majority ethnic group of Sri Lanka, constituting 74% of the Sri Lankan population. Sinhalese are Indo-Aryans and speak Sinhala, an Indo-Aryan language, they number approximately 15 million in the world.[13] They live mainly in central, south and west Sri Lanka. According to legend they are the descendants of the exiled Prince Vijaya who arrived from North-East India to Sri Lanka in 543 BCE. The Sinhalese identity is based on language, heritage and religion. The vast majority of Sinhalese are Theravada Buddhists.

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