BANGLADESH OVERVIEW

Official Name
The People's Republic Of Bangladesh
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
Population
Total estimated population 130 million.
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
Location
Latitude from 20 degree 34' to 26 degree 38' north. Longitude from 88 degree 01' to 92 degree 41' east.
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; cool, dry winter (October to March); hot, humid summer (March to June); cool, 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
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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