Important Notice
Bangladesh High Commission, London will remain closed on 21-22 August 2018 due to Eid-ul-Azha and 27 August 2018 due to Summer Bank Holiday.

Bangladesh at a glance

Official Name The People's Republic of Bangladesh
Capital Dhaka : Area-1416 Sq.Km. Population 9.9 million in 2001
Head of State Mr. Md. Abdul Hamid, Hon'ble President of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
Head of Govt. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
Independence 26 March 1971 is the date of independence from Pakistan; 16 December 1971 is the Victory Day
Location Latitude between 20'34" and 26'39" North, Longitude between 88'00" and 92'41" East
Boundary North: India, West: India, East : India and and Mayanmar South: Bay of Bengal
Area 1, 47,570 Territorial Waters 22.22 km. Economic Zone-Upto 370.40 km. in the high seas, measured from the base line
Climate Main seasons: Winter (Nov-Feb). Summer (March-June), Monsoon (July-Oct).Temp-max. 34°C. min. 8°C.Rainfall: Highest 136cm and Lowest 47cm
Unit of Currency Taka
Administrative Units Division: 6; District: 64; Police Station: 507; Union: 4484; Village: 87319
Major Cities Dhaka, Chittagong. Khulna, Rajshahi, Mymensing, Comilla, Barisal, Sylhet
Population in Census 2001 Approximately 129 million; Growth rate 1.48% per annum; Sex ratio 103.8 males per 100 females; Urban Population 23.39%; No of household units 25.36 million ;Density per square km 834
Life expectency at Birth Total population: 62.84 years male: 62.81 years female: 62.86 years (2007 est.)
Language Bengali. English is also widely spoken.
Religions Muslim 87%, Hindu 11%, other 2%
Nationality Bangladeshi
Main Rivers Padma, Meghna, Jamuna, Bhahmaputra, Teesta, Surma and Karnaphuli in all more than 200 rivers including tributaries and branches
Main Minerals Natural Gas, Lignite Coal, Limestones, Ceramic, Clay and Glass Sand
Main Industries Garments and knitwear, Jute, Cotton, Textile, Tea, Paper, Newsprint, Cement, Fertilizer, Sugar, Light Engineering, Electric cables, Leather, Fish
Main Exports Readymade garments and Knitwear, Jute and Jute products, Tea, Ceramic Leather and Frozen food
Sea Ports Chittagong and Mongla
Air ports Dhaka, chittagong, Jessore, Rajshahi, Iswardi, Sylhet, Cox’s Bazar, Syedpur and Barisal
Education Public Universities-31, Private Universities-54, Colleges-3639, Polytechnic Institute-27, Govt Medical colleges-13, Non-govt. medical colleges-27, Secondary schools-21665, Primary schools-82020
Health (2006 Based) Hospitals 1683; Hospital beds 51044;Registered physician: 44632
Electricity 220 Volts A.C. in all cities and towns
Wearing Apperal Tropical in Summer and Light woolen in Winter
Economic Overview The economy has grown 5-6.7% over the past few years. Although more than half of GDP is generated through the service sector, agriculture is the single most important area of employment, with rice as the single-most-important product. Garment exports and remittances from millions of Bangladeshis working overseas fuel economic growth. As a result incidence of poverty has fallen significantly.
GDP (Purchasing Power Parity) $209.2 billion (2007 est.)
GDP (official exchange rate) $70.6 billion (2007 est.)
GDP - real growth rate 6.21% (2007 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP) $1,400 (2008)
GDP composition by sector Agriculture:19% Industry:28.7% Services: 52.3% (2007 est.)
Tourist Season October to March
Main Tourist Attractions Colourful tribal life of Chittagong Hill Tracts, world’s longest sea beach at Cox’s Bazar, centuries-old historical sites at Dhaka , Paharpur & Mainamati Buddhist monasteries, Mohastangar, Sundarban the home of the Royal Bengal Tiger and the largest mangrove forest in the world , Tea Gardens in Sylhet, reverine life etc