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Sri Lanka

Ranked 21 of 26 for comprehensive power, with an overall score of 7.5 out of 100.

Down 1 ranking in 2023 for comprehensive power.
Lost 1.1 points (−12% change) in overall score.


Sri Lanka is a minor power in Asia.

Sri Lanka’s score declined by 1.1 point and the country dropped to 21st for overall power in Asia. Its 2022 score is its lowest performance in any edition of the Asia Power Index, reflecting the country’s economic and political crises in 2022.

Sri Lanka’s weakest measure is diplomatic influence, where it ranks 21st, a four-place decline from its ranking in 2021.

Sri Lanka exerts less influence in the region than expected given its available resources, as indicated by the country’s negative power gap score, which deteriorated over the past year.

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 15.6%

European Union 13.9%

India 13.7%

United States 11.8%

United Kingdom 4.4%

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%

Bangladesh 0.2%

Malaysia 0.2%