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Colombo is the commercial capital and largest city of Sri Lanka. The city is also the capital of the Western Province. The city itself has 642,163 inhabitants (2001}.
Colombo is an important port and trading center. It is a multicultural city with Sinhalese, Tamils, Sri Lankan Moors and Malaysians, among others. Various religions are also represented, such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. Due to the unrest in the north of the country, there is a certain tension.
Due to its large port and strategic position along an important east-west trade route, the city was known as early as 2000 BC, although it has only been the country's capital since 1815. Until 1982, Colombo was also the seat of government and parliament, until this function was taken over by the suburb of Sri Jayewardenapura Kotte.
The older buildings recall the times of the Portuguese (16th century), the Dutch (17th and 18th century) and the British (19th and 20th century). A well-known building from the Dutch period is the Wolvendaalsche Church. The VOC fort was demolished in the British era, but the district that forms the center of Colombo is still called Fort.