Sri Lanka plans to hold its first census in 20 years in 2001, the state media has reported. The exercise will cost us $4.7 million. Sri Lanka's last census was in 1981 when the population count was found to be 14.8 million. The government now expects the population to be around 18.5 million, with an annual growth of 1.2 per cent every year. The country's first official census was in 1871 and the estimated population was 2.4 million.
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