Colombo - Post Report Question and Answers
Is it easy to make friends with locals here? Are there any prejudices or any ethnic groups who might feel uncomfortable here?
It's difficult to socialize with locals. Sri Lanka is a country wherein "who you know" is often the key factor in life, so locals who are interested in making expat friends are often doing so only because they are hoping for some benefit to themselves. - Mar 2021
Sri Lankans are welcoming and friendly. But they don't go out of their way to befriend expats in my experience. - Sep 2020
It's not particularly difficult to make friends with locals, but expats tend to stick together. Some locals who were educated abroad (e.g., USA, Australia, the UK) straddle both worlds and are integrated into the expat community. The divide between expats and locals tends to be primarily socio-economic. - Apr 2020