Bangladesh At A Glance

Official Name

:

The People's Republic of Bangladesh

Geographical Location

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Latitude between 20o34' and 26o38' North
Longitude between 88o01' and 92o41' East

Area

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147,570 sq. km.

Boundaries

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North - India (West Bengal and Meghalaya), West - India (West Bengal) East - India (Tripura and Assam) and Myanmar, South-Bay of Bengal.

Capital City

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Dhaka

Other Major Cities

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Chittagong, Khulna, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Barisal

Standard Time

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GMT +6 Hours

Climate Variation

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Winter 11o C - 20o C (October - February)
Summer 21o C - 38o C (March - September)

Rainfall

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1100 mm to 3400mm (June - August)

Humidity

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Highest 99% (July)
Lowest 36% (December & January)

Population

:

145 million

Literacy Rate

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60%

Language

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Bangla (national language). Spoken by 95%, other dialects 5%, English is widely understood and spoken.

Principal Crops

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Rice, Jute, Tea, Wheat, Sugarcane, Pulses, Mustard, Potato, Vegetables.

Principal Rivers

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Padma, Meghna, Jamuna, Surma, Brahmaputra, Karnaphuli, Teesta, Sitalakhya, Rupsha, Madhumati, Gorai, Mahananda etc.

Principal Industries

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Garments, Tea, Ceramics, Cement, Leather, Jute, Textiles, Electric and Electronics, Medicine, Fishing.

Principal Exports

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Garments, Knitwear, Frozen Shrimps, Tea, Leather and Leather products, Jute and Jute products, Ceramics etc.

Principal Imports

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Wheat, Fertilizer, Petroleum goods, Cotton, Edible Oil etc.

Electricity

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220 Volts AC in all cities and towns

Currency

:

Taka, having 1000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 in notes and 5,2,1 in coins. Exchange Rate : US$ 1 = Taka 68.00

Religion

:

Muslims - 86.6%, Hindus - 12.1%, Buddhists - 0.6%, Christians 0.4% and others 0.3%.

Government

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Parliamentary form of Government President is the head of the state while the government elected by the people is headed by the Prime Minster.

Business Hours :

Government Office Hours: 9.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Saturday-Thursday, Friday closed. Some Private business houses work on Fridays.

Best Tourist Season :

October to March.

Source: Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation

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