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OFFICIAL NAME   People's Republic of Bangladesh
GEOGRAPHY Bangladesh is a low-lying, riverine country located in South Asia with a largely marshy jungle coastline of 710 kilometers (440 mi.) on the northern littoral of the Bay of Bengal. Formed by a deltaic plain at the confluence of the Ganges (Padma), Brahmaputra (Jamuna), and Meghna Rivers and their tributaries, Bangladesh's alluvial soil is highly fertile but vulnerable to flood and drought. Straddling the Tropic of Cancer, Bangladesh has a subtropical monsoonal climate characterized by heavy seasonal rainfall, moderately warm temperatures, and high humidity. Natural calamities, such as floods, tropical cyclones, tornadoes, and tidal bores affect the country almost every year. Bangladesh also is affected by major cyclones--on average 16 times a decade.
AREA 143,998 sq km / 55,598 sq miles
COMPARATIVE Roughly the size of Wisconsin
POPULATION 165,108,801
Urbanization is proceeding rapidly, and it is estimated that only 30% of the population entering the labor force in the future will be absorbed into agriculture, although many will likely find other kinds of work in rural areas. The areas around Dhaka and Comilla are the most densely settled. The Sundarbans, an area of coastal tropical jungle in the southwest and last wild home of the Bengal Tiger, and the Chittagong Hill Tracts on the southeastern border with Burma and India, are the least densely populated. Source: U.S. State Dept.
LITERACY 43% (age 15+ and can read and write)
male: 53.9%
female: 31.8%
LANGUAGE Official: Bengali
Other: English
RELIGION Islam - 83%
Hindu - 16%
Other - 1%
POLITICS Parliamentary democracy gaining its independence from Pakistan in 1971. The constitution was written in 1972, but amended in 1974, 1979, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1996, and 2004.
INCOME Per capita income US$ 440 a year
SOURCES Statistics provided by a variety of sources, but mostly the U.S. State Department, the U.N. Statistics Division, and BBC News and


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