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Sri Lanka

Ranked 20 of 26 for comprehensive power, with an overall score of 8.6 out of 100.

Up 1 ranking in 2021 for comprehensive power.
Gained 0.3 points (+4% change) in overall score.


Sri Lanka is a minor power in Asia.

Sri Lanka’s overall power ranking increased by one place from last year, having overtaken Myanmar. The country is one of just four in the region to register an improvement in its overall score in 2021, gaining 0.3 points compared to 2020.

Sri Lanka performs best in the resilience and diplomatic influence measures, where it places 17th for both. Its lowest ranking is in the economic relationships and defence networks measures, coming in at 21st place for both.

In 2021, Sri Lanka saw its greatest improvement in resilience, future resources and defence networks, where it moved up by one place in each measure.

Sri Lanka exerts less influence in the region than expected given its available resources, as indicated by the country’s negative power gap score. While Sri Lanka is a net underachiever in Asia, its negative power gap improved in 2021.

Read more analysis in the Key Findings report . Explore further results in the Scores section.

Bilateral Influence

Bilateral trade, current dollars (2020)

Countries that influence Sri Lanka

Globally, which countries does Sri Lanka do most of its trade with?

China 14.8%

European Union 13.2%

India 12.9%

United States 11.8%

Singapore 6.0%

Countries influenced by Sri Lanka

Which countries in the region rely most on trade with Sri Lanka?

India 0.6%

Pakistan 0.5%

New Zealand 0.4%

Brunei 0.4%

Nepal 0.2%