About Bangladesh

About Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a small country with a great potential for industrial advancement and economic growth. With a large domestic market, Bangladesh offers great opportunities for investment. Here is Bangladesh at a glance.

OFFICIAL NAME The People’s Republic of Bangladesh
GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION It lies between 20° 34’ and 26° 38’ North Latitudeand 88° 01’ and 92° 41’ East Longitude1
BOUNDARY On three sides- East, North and West-India. South-East Myanmar. South-Bay of Bengal
AREA 147,570 sq km
POPULATION Approximately 141 million
ADMINISTRATIVE UNITS Country is divided into six Administrative Divisions.These are Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi,Barisal and Sylhet. Each Division is divided into districts
TOTAL DISTRICTS 64
CAPITAL Dhaka
OTHER MAJOR CITIES Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi, Sylhet & Barisal
GOVERNMENT Parliamentary form of government. The President isHead of the state, while the government is headed by the Prime Minister
BUSINESS HOURS The official working hours in Bangladesh are from9:00 am to 5:00 pm from Sunday to Thursday. Friday and Saturday are weekly holidays
BEST TOURIST SEASON October – March
PLACES OF TOURIST INTEREST Dhaka, Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Kaptai,Rangamati, Khagrachari, Bandarban, Kuakata,Bogra, Khulna, the Sundarbans, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Dinajpur and Comilla
LANGUAGE Bangla-Official Language, English-Second languageand widely spoken
LITERACY RATE 67 percent approximate
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS Public Universities: 18
Private Universities: 36
Colleges: 3,639
Polytechnic Institutes: 27
Medical Colleges: 25
Dental Colleges: 3
Secondary Schools: 21,665
Primary Schools: 78,363
LABOUR FORCE 60.3 millionMale: 37.5 millionFemale: 22.8 million
SECTORAL DISTRIBUTION OF LABOUR FORCE Agriculture: 62.3 percentIndustry: 7.6 percentOthers: 30.1percent
RELIGION 4 major religions: Islam, Hinduism,Christianity & BuddhismMuslim: 88 percent of total population
TIME GMT +6 HoursSeasons: Summer, Monsoon, Autumn, LateAutumn, Winter and Spring
Climate: Tropical and moderate
Rainfall: 1100mm to 3400mm (June- Aug)
Principal Rivers: Padma, Meghna, Jamuna, Karnaphuli, Surma and Brahmaputra
Principal Crops: Paddy, Wheat, Jute, Sugarcane,Tobacco and Pulses
PRINCIPAL EXPORTS Ready made garments, Knitwear, Jute and Jutegoods, Shrimps, Leather and Leather goods, Tea, Handicrafts, Agricultural products, Ceramic, Pharmeceuticals, Light Engineering Products, etc.
PRINCIPAL IMPORTS Petroleum & Lubricants, Chemicals, Cement,Capital Machinery, Machinery parts, Tinned and Bagged Milk powder, Edible oil, Automobiles, electronics etc.
PRINCIPAL INDUSTRIES Jute, Textile, Leather, Garments, Chemical, Fertilizer,Shrimp Processing, Sugar, Cement, Paper, Pharma, Engineering etc
AIRPORTS Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Jessore, Rajshahi,Saidpur, Barisal and Cox’s Bazar
RADIO STATIONS Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet andRangpur
TELEVISION STATIONS Dhaka and Chittagong
SATELLITE EARTH STATIONS Talibabad (Dhaka), Betbunia (Rangamati)