Protestantism in Sri Lanka
Anglican and other Protestant missionaries arrived at Sri Lanka during the early 19th century, when the British took control of Sri Lanka from the Dutch. About 160,518 persons (0.8% of the population) are Protestants. The oldest Protestant church in Sri Lanka is the Christian Reformed Church in Sri Lanka, formerly the Dutch Reformed Church in Sri Lanka, has over 30 congreahations and more than 5,000 members. The Salvation Army is strong in Sri Lanka. The Lanka Lutheran Church has about 1,200 members. The annual growth of Protestants in Sri Lanka is about 3.9%.
Violence for religious reasons against Christians occurs. 43 percent of the Protestants in the early 1980s were Sinhalese.