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Quick Look Bangladesh


Official Name 
The People's Republic Of Bangladesh.

Location: 
Southern Asia, bordering the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and India.

Geographic coordinates: 24 00 N, 90 00 E.

Capital 
Dhaka (Area 414 sq. km. Master plan 777 sq. km.).

Currency :
Currency unit is Taka. Notes are of 1,2,5,10,20,50,100 and 500 Taka. Coins are of 1,5,10,25,50 and 100 Poisha (100 Poisha = 1 Taka).

Language
Bangla is the state language. English is also widely spoken and understood. Arabic is read and spoken for religious purposes.

Government type: parliamentary democracy.

Population: 133,376,684 (July 2002 est.) 

Religions: 
Muslim 88.3%, Hindu 10.5%, others 1.2% .

Area: 
Total: 144,000 sq km.
Land: 133,910 sq km.
Water: 10,090 sq km.

Boundary:
Bounded by India from the north, east and west, Burma from the south-east and the Bay of Bengal from the south. 

Climate:
tropical; mild winter (October to March); hot, humid summer (March to June); humid, warm rainy monsoon (June to October)

Rainfall:
Lowest 47" and highest 136". 

National Days:
National Martyrs Day ( February 21).
Independence Day ( March 26 ).
Victory Day ( December 16).

Principal Rivers:
Padma, Meghna, Jamuna, Brahmaputra, Madhumati, Surma and Kushiara.

Principal Crops:
Rice, jute, tobacco, tea, sugarcane, vegetables, potato, pulses, etc. 

Fruits:
Mango, banana, pineapple, jack-fruit, water-melon, green coconut, guava, lichis, etc. 

Major Industries:
Jute, sugar, paper, textiles, fertilizers, cigarette, cement, steel, natural gas, oil-refinery, newsprint, power generation, rayon, matches, fishing and food processing, leather, soap, carpet, timber, ship-building, telephone, etc. 

Airports:
Zia International Airport, Dhaka, Chittagong International Airport, 
Sylhet International Airport and domestic airports at Jessore, Sylhet, Cox's Bazar, Rajshahi and Saidpur.

Sea Ports:
Chittagong, Mongla. 

Time: GMT +6 hours.

Electricity: 220 volts, 50Hz.

Weights & measures: Metric.

Tourist Interests: 
Longest sea beach, colorful tribal life, centuries' old archeological sites, the Sundarbans (home of the Royal Bengal Tigers and spotted deer), largest tea gardens, interesting riverine life, etc. 

  
 

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