Bangladesh at a Glance

Official Name

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The People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Government

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Parliamentary form of government, headed by Prime Minister

Location & Borders

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South Asia bordered by India on the east, west & north and by Bay of Bengal on the south and small border strip with Myanmar on the south-east.

Area/Land

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147,570 square km-mostly alluvial fertile plain. Territorial Waters 22.22 km. Economic Zone up to 370.40 km. in the high seas, measured from the base line.

Climate/Seasons

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Average winter temp 
(Max 29 deg. C and Min 11 deg. C) . 

Average Summer temp 
( Max 40 deg. C and Min 21 deg C) 

Seasons: Summer, Monsoon, Autumn, Late Autumn, Winter & Spring.

Annual Rainfall

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Varies from 160 cm to 400 cm at different areas.

Humidity

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Highest 99 % during peak summer in July, Lowest 36% during winter in Dec-Jan

Standard Time

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GMT+6 hours

Population/Literacy

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150.00 million (In 2011)/51.8% (In 2011)

Official Language

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Bangla, English is generally understood and widely spoken.

Capital

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Dhaka, Area 1416 sq. km.

Administrative Units

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Division:7; Zila:64; Thana:507; Union:4484; Village:87319

Major Cities

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Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Khulna, Rajshahi, Barisal, Rangpur, Mymensing & Comilla

Airports

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Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Jessore, Rajshahi, Iswardi, Cox's Bazar, Syedpur and Barisal.

Intl Airports

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Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong

Sea Ports

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Chittagong and Mongla

Places of Tourist Interest

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Colorful tribal life of Hill Tracts, World's largest and longest sea beach at Cox's Bazar, Kuakata and Parky sea beach, Foy's Lake , Dulahajra safari park, Sitakund echo park at Chittagong, century old historical sites at Dhaka, Pharpur, Moinamati, Mohastangar, Sundarban the home of Royal Bengal Tiger and world's largest mangrove forest, lash green tea gardens of Sylhet, reverie life etc.

Tourist Season

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October to March

Banking Hour

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Sunday- Thursday (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Exchange Rate

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Taka (T.) / Floating exchange rate hovers round US$ 1.00= Tk. 79, Euro 1.00=Tk 102.00

Religion

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4 Major religions: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity

GDP/rate of growth

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6.12% (2013-14)

Per Capita GDP/GNI

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US$1115/1190(2013-14)

Annual Export/Import

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US$ 30.18 billion / US$ 36.996 billion (2013-14)

Major Exports

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Readymade garments, frozen foods (shrimps), leather, leather products, jute, jute products, tea, ceramic, textile fabrics, home textile, chemical product, light engineering products including bi-cycle.

Major Imports

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Oil, edible oil, petroleum product, wheat, seeds, fertilizer, yarn, capital goods, machinery, power generating machinery, scientific & medical equipment, iron & steel, motor vehicles, raw cotton, chemicals.

Major Trading Partners

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USA, EU countries, China, India, Pakistan, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and UAE