40 Facts About Bangladesh

Bangladesh, a country of lush greenery and many waterways. Its Padma, Meghna and Jamuna rivers create fertile alluvial plains, and travel by boat is common. On the southern coast, the Sundarbans, an enormous mangrove forest shared with India, are home to the Royal Bengal tiger. Here are 40 facts about Bangladesh .

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    The official name of Bangladesh is the People's Republic of Bangladesh. The word Bangladesh means "Country of Bengal" in the local language.

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    Historically, Bangladesh is prone to monsoon flooding and cyclones due to its unique geographic make up. The country is almost entirely flat and is dominated by the Ganges-Brahmaputra delta where the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna Rivers make their way down from the Himalayas and converge on the lowlands.

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    More than half of Bangladesh’s population is composed of farmers.

    Source: ning.com
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    Despite the prevalence of farmers in Bangladesh, its export earnings come mainly from the garments industry.

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    There are more than 2,000 periodicals and daily newspapers published in Bangladesh. However, the country’s average constant readership is only at 15%.

    Source: alltimebd.com
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    Bangladesh is sometimes called “the playground of seasons” because it has six – not four – separate seasons, which it calls grismo (summer), barsha (rainy), sharat (autumn), hemanto (cool), sheet (winter), and bashonto (spring).

    Source: demotix.com
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    Most of the population consider themselves Bengali. Bangla, often known as Bengali, is the official language. English is also spoken.

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    The predominant religion in Bangladesh is Islam, with 88.3% of the population adhering to that faith. Among Bangladeshi Muslims, 96% are Sunni, over 3% are Shi'a, and a fraction of 1% are Ahmadiyyas. Hindus are the largest minority religion in Bangladesh, at 10.5% of the population. There are also tiny minorities (less than 1%) of Christians, Buddhists and animists.

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    The hilly region of north east Bangladesh, Sylhet has many monuments that are similar to those found in Europe.

    Source: vtourist.com
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    Bangladesh’s oldest known city site is the city of Mahasthangarh.

    Source: tourmet.com
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    Bangladesh is in the eighth place on population in the world (163 654 860 people).

    Source: http
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    Bangladesh is home to the world’s largest river delta and the world’s largest mangrove.

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    Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh is longest unbroken sea beach in the world.

    Source: goista.com
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    The alluvial soil deposited by these rivers each year means Bangladesh has some of the most fertile delta lands in the world, farming is very important because of this.

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    Renowned British journalist Tasmin Lucia Khan is of Bengali descent. She used to be a presenter for BBC news and is now part of the ITV breakfast show, Daybreak.

    Source: celebmafia.com
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    The largest city and capital of Bangladesh is Dhaka. The city has an estimated population of 15 million people making it one of the largest city in the world. It is known as the "City of Mosques".

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    The currency of Bangladesh is called the taka which means 'currency' in Bengali.

    Source: flagpedia.net
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    The Royal Bengal Tiger is Bangladesh’s national animal. This majestic creature has a roar that can be heard up to 3 kilometers away. Unfortunately, it is now an endangered species.

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    Bangladesh has the third largest Muslim population in the world after Indonesia and Pakistan. With more than 1,000 people per square kilometer (2,600 per square mile), the country is one of the most crowded on Earth.

    Source: wikimedia.org
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    In Bangladesh, the left hand is considered unclean, so always use your right hand when eating or passing food, drinks – or business cards!

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    Bangladesh has a lack of rock for construction, and therefore there are hundreds of brick kilns with massive chimneys scattered across the country. Once the bricks are fired, they break them up into ‘rock’ to use as aggregate for construction.

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    Cricket is the most popular sport in the country. In 1999, its national cricket team was part of the World Cup, and in 2000, it received Test status, an honor in the sport for it is the ultimate test of a team’s ability and endurance.

    Source: wikimedia.org
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    Over 30% of Bangladesh's population live below the poverty line, however, the economy and standards of living have been improving over recent years.

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    Due to Bangladesh being so low lying and tropical, the ground has never frozen over with a record low of 4.5°C in Jessore during the winter of 2011.

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    The highest peak in Bangladesh is Saka Haphong in the southeastern Mowdok Range at just 1,052 m (3,451 ft).

    Source: panoramio.com
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    The national day of Bangladesh is celebrated on March 26. This day marks the declaration of independence and the commencement of Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. It is celebrated as a national holiday.

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    Bangladesh original flag color is Dark shiny Green and inside a Circle of Red bright color. The Green Stand for the villages of Bangladesh and Red stand for the Freedom. Although Bangladesh did have flag with Green, Red, and a map of Bangladesh in Yellow inside the red circle. But original stayed as Green and Red.

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    Kabaddi is the national game.

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    The national anthem was been written by Rabindranath Tagore.

    Source: ytimg.com
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    Bangladesh has a number of archaeological and historical sites dating back as far as the third century BC, but the frequent floods and the damp climate have destroyed much of the country's heritage.

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    The people of Bangladesh seldom smile. This is not because they are unfriendly but because smiling much is considered a sign of immaturity.

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    The Government is headed by the Prime Minister as the head of the Government and the President is the chief of state.

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    The President is chosen through election and serves a term for 5 years, with the maximum of being able to serve 2 terms. The Prime Minister should be representing the majority coalition and is appointed by the President.

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    It has a population density of almost 3000 people per square mile.

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    Bangladesh sits in one of the most disaster-prone areas of the world. Frequent cyclones and floods have killed thousands and impeded economic growth for decades.

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    The Magpie Robin (or Doyel or Doel) is the national bird of Bangladesh.

    Source: www.pohela.com
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    The national flower of Bangladesh is the white-flowered water lily, called Shapla.

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    Jackfruit (Kathal in Bengali) is the national fruit and the Mango tree is the national tree of Bangladesh.

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    The area that is now Bangladesh has been settled for many thousands of years. There have been a series of ruling dynasties including the Buddhist Pala dynasty and the Hindu Sena dynasty. By the 12th century, Arab merchants had come to Bengal and the religion of Islam had begun to spread. In the 16th century, The Mughal Empire took control of Bengal and the city of Dhaka became an important center of the Mughal administration.

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    Bangladesh is a developing country, with per capita income of just about $1,300 US/year. Nevertheless, the economy is growing rapidly, with a 5-6% annual growth rate from 1996 to 2008.

    Source: 121clicks.com

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