BANGLADESH

Information about travelling to Bangladesh

Bangladesh is located in Southern Asia, bordering the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and India

Facts about Bangladesh
Population153,546,896 (July 2008 es
CapitalDhaka
Time zoneUTC+6 (11 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Location Southern Asia, bordering the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and India

General info about Bangladesh
Europeans began to set up trading posts in the area of Bangladesh in the 16th century; eventually the British came to dominate the region and it became part of British India. In 1947, West Pakistan and East Bengal (both primarily Muslim) separated from India (largely Hindu) and jointly became the new country of Pakistan. East Bengal became East Pakistan in 1955, but the awkward arrangement of a two-part country with its territorial units separated by 1,600 km left the Bengalis marginalized and dissatisfied. East Pakistan seceded from its union with West Pakistan in 1971 and was renamed Bangladesh. A military-backed caretaker regime suspended planned parliamentary elections in January 2007 in an effort to reform the political system and root out corruption; the regime has pledged new democratic elections by the end of 2008. About a third of this extremely poor country floods annually during the monsoon rainy season, hampering economic development.
Disease threats
degree of risk: high food or waterborne diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis
Languages spoken
Bangla (official, also known as Bengali), English
What about drugs?
transit country for illegal drugs produced in neighboring countries
Ethnic division
Bengali 98%, other 2% (includes tribal groups, non-Bengali Muslims) (1998)
HIV/AIDS prevalence rate
less than 0.1% (2001 est.)
Climate
tropical; mild winter (October to March); hot, humid summer (March to June); humid, warm rainy monsoon (June to October)
Resources
natural gas, arable land, timber, coal
Economy
The economy has grown 5-6% per year since 1996 despite inefficient state-owned enterprises, delays in exploiting natural gas resources, insufficient power supplies, and slow implementation of economic reforms. Bangladesh remains a poor, overpopulated, and inefficiently-governed nation. Although more than half of GDP is generated through the service sector, nearly two-thirds of Bangladeshis are employed in the agriculture sector, with rice as the single-most-important product. Garment exports and remittances from Bangladeshis working overseas, mainly in the Middle East and East Asia, fuel economic growth. In 2008 Bangladesh pursued a monetary policy aimed at maintaining high employment, but created higher inflation in the process.
Environment
many people are landless and forced to live on and cultivate flood-prone land; waterborne diseases prevalent in surface water; water pollution, especially of fishing areas, results from the use of commercial pesticides; ground water contaminated by naturally occurring arsenic; intermittent water shortages because of falling water tables in the northern and central parts of the country; soil degradation and erosion; deforestation; severe overpopulation

Cities in Bangladesh

abhaynagar     badarganj     bajitpur     bandarban     baniachang     barisal     bera     bhairab bazar     bhandaria     bheramara     bhola     chandpur     char bhadrasan     chhagalnaiya     chhatak     chilmari     dhaka     dhamrai     dinajpur     dohar     faridpur     fatikchhari     feni     gafargaon     gaurnadi     gazipur     habiganj     hajiganj     ishurdi     jaipur hat     jamalpur     jhikargachha     kalia     kaliganj     keshabpur     khagrachari     khulna     kishorganj     laksham     lakshmipur     lalmanir hat     lalmohan     madaripur     manikchhari     manikganj     mathbaria     maulvi bazar     mehendiganj     mirzapur     morrelganj     muktagachha     nabinagar     nageshwari     nalchiti     naral     narayanganj     narsingdi     nawabganj     netrakona     pabna     palang     panchagarh     parbatipur     patiya     phultala     pirganj     pirojpur     rajshahi     ramganj     ramgarh     rangpur     raozan     raypur     sakhipur     sarankhola     sarishabari     satkhira     sherpur     shibganj     sirajganj     sunamganj     teknaf     thakurgaon     tungi    


Airports in Bangladesh
BarisalBZL
PatengaCGP
ComillaCLA
Zia InternationalDAC
IshurdiIRD
JessoreJSR
KhulnaKHL
RangpurRAU
RajshahiRJH
SirajganjSAJ
SandwipSDW
SaidpurSPD
ThakurgaonTKR
ShamshernagarZHM
Osmany International AirportZYL


Beer in Bangladesh (0.33l)
Dhaka~ 1.1 EUR

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