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A virtual travel guide to Bangladesh. This page aims to give you a broad overview of Bangladesh's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile with facts and figures, the page contains links to sources which provide you with all the information you need to know about this Asian nation, e.g.: official web sites of Bangladesh, addresses of Bangladeshi and foreign embassies, domestic airlines, city- and country guides with extensive travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from Bangladesh.

Kuakata Beach, Bangladesh
Kuakata Beach © bangladeshtourism.org
 

People's Republic of Bangladesh

Country Profile



Flag of Bangladesh
Flag of Bangladesh

Background:
Bangladesh came into existence in 1971 when Bengali East Pakistan seceded from its union with West Pakistan. About a third of this extremely poor country annually floods during the monsoon rainy season, hampering economic development.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)

border countries: India, Myanmar (Burma)
related countries: Pakistan
 
where in Asia is Bangladesh?

Official Name:
Gano Projatontri Bangladesh
short form: Bangladesh
int'l long form: The People's Republic of Bangladesh
former: East Pakistan

ISO Country Code: bd

Time:
Local Time = UTC +6h
Actual Time: Sat-Oct-25  00:48

Country Calling Code: +880

Capital City: Dhaka (pop. 12 million, metro area)

Other Cities:
Chittagong (2.8 million), Khulna (1.8 million), Rajshahi (1 million), Mymensing, Comilla, Barisal, Sylhet.

Government:
Type: Parliamentary democracy.
Independence: 26 March 1971 (from Pakistan).
Constitution: 1972

Geography:
Location: Southern Asia, bordering the Bay of Bengal, between India and Myanmar.
Area: 144 000 km² (55 813 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Mainly flat alluvial plain, with hills in the northeast and southeast.

Climate: Semitropical, monsoonal; mild winter (October to March); hot, humid summer (March to June); humid, warm rainy monsoon (June to October).

People:
Nationality: Bangladeshi(s).
Population: (2011 census) 142 million.
GNI per capita PPP: $ 1,998 (year)
Ethnic groups: Bengali 98%, tribal groups, non-Bengali Muslims.
Religions: Muslim 88.3%; Hindu 10.5%; Christian 0.3%, Buddhist 0.6%, others 0.3%.
Languages: Bangla (official, also known as Bengali), English is widely used.
Literacy: 54% for males; 32% for females; a total of 43% literacy.

Natural resources: Natural Gas, Lignite Coal, Limestones, Ceramic, Clay and Glass Sand, arable land, timber.

Agriculture products: Rice, Jackfruit, Jute, Tobacco, Sugarcane, Pulses, Oilseeds, Spices,
  Potatoes, Vegetables, Bananas, Mangoes, Coconut, Tea and Wheat.

Industries: Garments, Jute, Cotton, Textile, Tea, Paper, Newsprint, Cement, Fertilizer, Sugar, Engineering, Electric cables , Leather, Fish.

Currency: Taka (BDT)

(Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bangladesh)

Bangladesh in Figures
More Bangladesh statistical data.
 


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Official Sites of Bangladesh

Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
Bangladeshs official homepage.

Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad
The Bangladesh Parliament.

Prime Minister's Office
Official site of the Prime Minister Office.



Bangladesh Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Official Home Page.

Diplomatic Missions
Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations
Bangladesh's representation to the UN.
Embassy of Bangladesh in the U.S.
Washington DC, USA
Bangladesh's Diplomatic Missions Abroad
Address list of Bangladesh's Diplomatic Missions Abroad.
Foreign Missions in Bangladesh
Addresses of Foreign Missions in Bangladesh.

Statistics
Bureau of Statistics
National Statistical Office of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh in Figures
Bangladesh key statistical data.


Maps
profile Map of Bangladesh
Administrative Map of Bangladesh.
profile Map of Bangladesh
Political Map of Bangladesh.

Google Earth Google Earth Map Bangladesh
Searchable map and satellite view of Bangladesh.

Google Earth Google Earth Map Dhaka
Searchable map and satellite view of Bangladesh's capital city.

Map of Southeast Asia
Map of the Southeast Asia region.

profile Map of Asia
Political Map of Asia.
 

Bangladesh News

News Agency
Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)
The national news agency, Dhaka.

Online News
The Bangladesh Today
Bangla online news.
News From Bangladesh (NFB)
NFB is a Daily On Line News Monitoring Service in English.
Bangladesh News (Independent-Bangladesh)
Bangladesh online news daily.
The Daily Star
Bangladeshi daily newspaper on the Internet, Dhaka.
New Age
Online edition, Dhaka.
News from Bangladesh
Internet Daily from Bangladesh.
The New Nation
Bangladesh Daily.

Bengali Newspapers (in Bangla)

The Daily Ittefaq
Bangla daily.
The Daily Jugantor
Bangla newspaper.
Kaler Kantha
Bangla daily.
Manab Zamin
Another Bangla daily.
Prothom Alo
Bangla daily newspaper. (in Bangla)


Radio/TV
Betar-Radio Bangladesh
Government-run radio network from Dhaka with local services.

Bangladesh Television (BTV)
Government-friendly and sole terrestrial TV channel and therfore most popular.
 

 

Arts & Culture

Bangla Showbiz
Entertainment and Celebrity Gossip.
Bangladesh Fashion Week
Anual event of Bangladesh's fashion and textile industry.

Kazi Nazrul Islam
Poet of Bengal.

Manipuri Dance
Manipur Dance and Music.
The Manipuris
Custom and Culture.

Priyo
Bangladesh related portal with entertainment and lifestyle news.

The Ricksha Arts of Bangladesh
A site dedicated to one of Bangladesh's unique popular arts, the paintings and decorations on the three-wheeled cycle ricksha.

 
Rangamaty, Bangladesh
Temple at Rangamaty

Business & Economy

Central Bank of Bangladesh
Official website offers national economic data, periodical reposts, currency museum, notifications, press releases.
Dhaka Stock Exchange
Official website of the Dhaka stock exchange.
Chittagong Stock Exchange
Bangladesh's second stock exchange, located in the port city of Chittagong.

Dhaka Chamber of Commerce
Export Promotion Bureau.

Bangladesh corporate blog
Blog about Bangladeshi brands and businesses from a consumer experience perspective.


Transportation
Airlines
Biman Bangladesh Airlines
The national flag carrier of Bangladesh.
GMG Airlines
Bangladesh's leading private domestic airline.
United Airways
The second private airline in Bangladesh offers domestic service and since 2008 also flights to international destinations.

 
 

Destination Bangladesh - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Bangladesh
Best time to go: October to March.
Main Tourist Attractions: Colourful tribal life of Hill Tracts, world's longest sea beach at Cox's Bazar, centuries old historical sites at Dhaka, Paharpur, Mainamati, Mohastangar, Sundarban the home of the Royal Bengal Tiger, largest tea garden, reverine life, ect.


Bangladesh related Sites

Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation
A guide to Bangladesh by the National Tourism Organization.

Discover Bangladesh
Makes You More Familiar with Bangladesh.

Virtual Bangladesh
Find almost everything there is to know about Bangladesh.

Hotels
Hotels in Bangladesh
Find a Hotel in Bangladesh.

 

Travel and Tour Consumer Information

Teknaf, Bangladesh
Teknaf © bangladeshtourism.org

Education

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
The oldest institution for the study of Engineering and Architecture in Bangladesh.
Independent University, Bangladesh
Established in 1993.
Jahangirnagar University
Dhaka, established in 1970.
North South University (NSU)
Established in 1992.
University of Chittagong
Public university located in Chittagong, founded in 1965.
University of Dhaka
Oldest University of Bangladesh, estabilshed 1921.

University Grants Commission of Bangladesh
The apex body of all Government Funded Universities, with Information on Bangladesh Universities.


Science
Bangladesh Space Research and Remote Sensing Organization
Organisation for the application of space science.
TechBangla
Transferring to and developing indigenous technology and products in Bangladesh and the "third world". (in Bangla)

 
 

Environment

Ministry of Environment and Forest
The agency for the planning, promotion, co-ordination and overseeing the implementation of environmental and forestry programmes.
Department of Environment
DOE's mission is to help secure a clean and healthy environment for the benefit of present and future generations.

Bangladesh Environment Network
The site of BEN provides information on Bangladesh's environmental issues.

Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC)
The centre monitors the rainfall and water-levels throughout Bangladesh.

 
Rural Bangladesh
Rural Bangladesh © bangladeshtourism.org 

History

Bangladesh Genocide Archive
Online archive of the chronology of events of the almost unknown Genocide in Bangladesh in 1971.
Virtual Bangladesh : History
Overview of Bangladesh's History.
The Bangladesh Liberation War Museum
History of the war for Bangladeshs Independence 1971.
Rahman, Sheikh Mujibur (1920-1975)
The Father of The Nation of Bangladesh.

 

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Country Profiles:
BBC News Country Profile: Bangladesh

FAO: Bangladesh
UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

FCO: Bangladesh
A UK Foreign Office country profile.

Human Rights Watch: Bangladesh

travel.state.gov: Bangladesh

UNDP - Human Development Indicators: Bangladesh

Wikipedia: Bangladesh

Worldbank Data: Bangladesh

The World Factbook -- Bangladesh

Web resources:
Velki
Bangladesh Search Engine and Business Portal.
Virtual Bangladesh : Directory
A comprehensive listing of all Bangladesh related web sites.

Open Directory: Bangladesh

 
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