Bangladesh

Bangladesh Fact File

Bangladesh Fact File

In case if you wanted to know more about Bangladesh…

  • Bangla (also known as Bengali), the national language of Bangladesh, is the fifth most frequently-spoken language in the world. Bangladesh became a country in 1971 when it declared its independence from Pakistan. Bangladesh used to be East Pakistan, or East Bengal. West Bengal is a state in India.
  • The word Bangladesh was coined around 1971 when the country was formed: it means land (desh) of the Bangla (Bengali people).
  • Bangladesh is bordered by two countries: India and Burma (Myanmar).
  • Bangladesh has its own 12-month calendar with six seasons.
  • Bangladesh is known for its production of the jute plant, whose fiber is made into carpets, rope and other products. Jute is known as the golden fibre in Bangladesh.
  • Every region of Bangladesh has its own dessert (mishti): if you are eating Chom-Chom, you’re in Tangail, if it’s Roshmallai you’re in Comilla, or Monda if in Muktagacha.
  • In Dhaka, all of the autorickshaws and most of the taxis run on clean-burning natural gas (CNG) rather than diesel or petrol.
  • The Bengali people of Bangladeshi fought for the right to speak their own language in 1952, this event is now commemorated worldwide as International Mother Language Day.
  • The monsoon season in Bangladesh is generally from June to August. If you visit then, bring an umbrella.
  • Bangladesh lies on the Tropic of Cancer (23.5 degrees northern latitude). Other countries on this line include Mexico, the Bahamas, Eygpt, Saudi Arabia, India and China.
  • Bangladesh’s parliament building, an architectural landmark, was designed by an American architect, Louis Khan.
  • Barisal, one of the six divisions of Bangladesh, is known as the Venice of Asia because of its waterways.
  • During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, believers do not eat or drink for the entire day. After sunset, families have feasts known as Iftar.
  • Every year, about one third of Bangladesh floods during the monsoon season.
  • In Bangladesh, high school spans grades five to ten, while grades 11 and 12 are considered to be college.
  • In Bangladesh, there is one house in parliament (the Jatiya Sangsad). Members are elected every five years.
  • Just as movies from the US come from Hollywood, and those from India are from Bollywood, movies made in Bangladesh (Dhaka) are said to be from Dhalliwood.
  • Rickshaws are often elaborately decorated. The designs may depict nature, scenes from Indian mythology, or scenes from Bollywood and Dhalliwood movies.
  • Kids in Bangladesh attend secondary school (high school) from the age of 12 to 16, and then college when they are 17 and 18.
  • On the first day of summer, the Sun is exactly over Bangladesh at noon.
  • One fruit or another is always in season in Bangladesh: mango, papaya, banana, guava, jackfruit, pineapple, and many more.
  • Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the man who lead Bangladesh to Independence in 1971 is often referred to as the Bangabandhu, or friend to the Bengali people.
  • The Bangla language has its own numbers, written differently than arabic numbers. When people give their phone numbers, however, they usually do it in English.
  • The Bangla language is a descendant of ancient Sanskrit, and more literature is available in Bangla than any other language of the Subcontinent.
  • The Bengal region was first united in the seventh century by Shashanka, a Hindu ruler.
  • The longest (120 km) natural beach in the world is found in Bangladesh at Cox’s Bazaar.
  • The national animal of Bangladesh is the Royal Bengal Tiger.
  • The national bird of Bangladesh is the Magpie.
  • The national fish of Bangladesh is the Hilsa fish.
  • The national fruit of Bangladesh is the Jackfruit, a large spiky Mellon.
  • The national flower of Bangladesh is the Water Lily (the Shapla).
  • There are no polar bears in Bangladesh.
  • The same person wrote the national anthems for both India and Bangladesh: famous Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore.
  • The suffix “wallah” is often tacked onto words to indicate someone who does a task. The person that pulls a rickshaw is a “rickshaw-wallah”, the person who delivers milk (dudh) is a “dudh-wallah”.
  • The two most popular sports in Bangladesh are cricket and football (the kind with a round ball).
  • Known as the “banker to the poor”, Muhammad Yunus is the first Nobel laureate from Bangladesh, awarded in 2006.
  • Almost everything that Bangladesh imports or exports goes through its sea port city, Chittagong.
  • At dusk, it is not uncommon to see big (one meter wingspan) fruit bats flying around throughout Bangladesh.
  • At the beginning of each summer, strong wind storms are sometimes accompanied by hail. The hail balls may be up to 10 cm in diameter.
  • There are three rice crops each year, each of which has different seed stock and growing conditions; the crops are called aman, anus and boro.
  • Three major rivers come together in Bangladesh: the Padma (a branch of the Ganges), Jamuna and Meghna.
  • Tigers, elephants and crocodiles can be found in the Sundarbans, the forest in Southern Bangladesh
  • To accommodate large numbers of students, many Bangladeshi schools use a shift system, where one set of students attends a school in the morning, and another set of students in the afternoon.
  • Bangladesh is a member state of the Commonwealth, the OIC, SAARC, BIMSTEC, and the D-8.
  • Weddings in Bangladesh often run about five evenings, with celebrations each night.
  • Traditionally, men in Bangladesh wear a lungi, a wrap of fabric, instead of pants. In cities, however, pants are now common.
  • Women in Bangladesh often wear a sari or a salwar kameez. The sari is more formal, and is essentially a long piece of fabric which is intricately wrapped. The salwar kameez consists of a pants and a top, and is usually worn with a scarf known as an orna.

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  • its too late.i wish i had this infolike this when i had to write long essays on Bangladesh.god can be so harsh!:(
    ps:*# There are no polar bears in Bangladesh.*
    eita ke bolse?:P

  • 1) Bangladesh is the only country in the world to be awarded the title of 'Most corrupted country' for three consecutive years in a row by Amnesty International
    2) Most women in Bangladesh are conservative and virgins. I can't be paid to sleep with any of them. I have a different opinion on women who study in English medium schools though 😛
    3) I don't care what women in BD wear until and unless they agree to wear short, skimpy and revealing dresses to entice me during summer time. You can take your salwar kameez and shove it 🙂
    4) Lungi is totally gay
    5) Wedding and marriage is stupid and unnecessary. Living together for the win. No financial responsibility, no long-term commitment bulls&*^
    6) BD has three major rivers? and you forgot to mention the lack of toilets in rural areas which is why people have to resort to dumping their excreta right on the rivers you mentioned? Wow!
    7) Sheikh Mujibar Rahman was an infidel kafir who betrayed with his fellow muslim pakistani brothers to form a separate country so that he can become the president of it and get rich. Bangladesh would have been much better off if it didn't go to war with Pakis.

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  • The national plant of Bangladesh is the Water Lily (the Shapla)
    i think there is a mistake. water lily (shapla) is the national flower. thanks for an informative post.

  • mr anowarul.you r a pathetic scum.
    only a lowlife loser like you can find these facts.
    insulting a nation with few words is not a way to express your own point of view. at least every bangladeshi knows how their country is. how it was. just confused about about future.