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Bangladesh Fast Facts

Official Name: The People's Republic of Bangladesh
 
Geographical Location: Latitude between 20o34' and 26o38' North
Longitude between 88o01' and 92o41' East
 
Area: 147,570 sq. km.
 
Boundaries: North - India (West Bengal and Meghalaya), West - India (West Bengal) East – India(Tripura and Assam) and Myanmar, South-Bay of Bengal.
 
Capital City: Dhaka
 
Other Major Cities: Chittagong, Khulna, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Barisal, Rangpur
 
Standard Time: GMT +6 Hours

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

Rainfall: 1100 mm to 3400mm (June - August)
 
Humidity: Highest 99% (July)
Lowest 36% (December & January)
 
Population: 145 million
 
Literacy Rate: 60%
 
Language: Bangla (national language). Spoken by 95%, other dialects 5%, 
English is widely understood and spoken.
 
Principal Crops: Rice, Jute, Tea, Wheat, Sugarcane, Pulses, Mustard, Potato, Vegetables.
 
Principal Rivers: Padma, Meghna, Jamuna, Surma, Brahmaputra, Karnaphuli, Teesta, Sitalakhya, Rupsha, Madhumati, Gorai, Mahananda etc.
 
Principal Industries: Garments, Tea, Ceramics, Cement, Leather, Jute, Textiles, Electric and Electronics, Medicine, Fishing.
 
Principal Exports: Garments, Knitwear, Frozen Shrimps, Tea, Leather and Leather products, Jute and Jute products, Ceramics etc.
 
Principal Imports: Wheat, Fertilizer, Petroleum goods, Cotton, Edible Oil etc.
 
Electricity: 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: 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. to 5.00 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, Friday & Saturday closed. Some Private business houses work on Saturday.
 
Best Tourist Season : October to March.
 
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