About Bangladesh

Most of the country is situated on deltas of large rivers flowing from the Himalayas: the Ganges unites with the Jamuna (main channel of the Brahmaputra) and later joins the Meghna to eventually empty into the Bay of Bengal
Southern Asia, bordering the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and India
Geographic coordinates:
24 00 N, 90 00 E
total: 148,460 sq km
land: 130,170 sq km
water: 18,290 sq km

Size comparison: slightly smaller than Iowa
Land Boundaries:
total: 4,413 km border countries (2): Burma 271 km, India 4,142 km
580 km
Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 18 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: to the outer limits of the continental margin
tropical; mild winter (October to March); hot, humid summer (March to June); humid, warm rainy monsoon (June to October)
mostly flat alluvial plain; hilly in southeast
Elevation extremes:

Natural resources:
natural gas, arable land, timber, coal
Land use:
agricultural land: 70.1% arable land 59%; permanent crops 6.5%; permanent pasture 4.6% forest: 11.1%
other: 18.8% (2011 est.)
Irrigated land:
53,000 sq km (2012)
Natural hazards:
droughts; cyclones; much of the country routinely inundated during the summer monsoon season
Current Environment Issues:
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
International Environment Agreements:
party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
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noun: Bangladeshi(s)
adjective: Bangladeshi
Ethnic groups:
Bengali at least 98%, ethnic groups 1.1% note: Bangladesh’s government recognizes 27 ethnic groups under the 2010 Cultural Institution for Small Anthropological Groups Act; other sources estimate there are about 75 ethnic groups; critics of the 2011 census claim that it underestimates the size of Bangladesh’s ethnic population (2011 est.)
Bangla 98.8% (official, also known as Bengali), other 1.2% (2011 est.)
Muslim 89.1%, Hindu 10%, other 0.9% (includes Buddhist, Christian) (2013 est.)
156,186,882 (July 2016 est.)
Age structure:
0-14 years: 28.27% (male 22,456,564/female 21,695,491)
15-24 years: 19.53% (male 15,261,363/female 15,247,635)
25-54 years: 39.39% (male 29,565,250/female 31,951,537)
55-64 years: 6.77% (male 5,232,828/female 5,342,822)
65 years and over: 6.04% (male 4,493,557/female 4,939,835) (2016 est.)
Dependency ratios:
total dependency ratio: 52.5%
youth dependency ratio: 44.9%
elderly dependency ratio: 7.6%
potential support ratio: 13.2% (2015 est.)
Median age:
total: 26.3 years
male: 25.6 years
female: 26.9 years (2016 est.)
Population growth rate:
1.05% (2016 est.)
Birth rate:
19 births/1,000 population (2016 est.)
Death rate:
5.3 deaths/1,000 population (2016 est.)
Net migration rate:
-3.1 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2016 est.)
urban population: 34.3% of total population (2015)
rate of urbanization: 3.55% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)
Major urban areas – population:
DHAKA (capital) 17.598 million; Chittagong 4.539 million; Khulna 1.022 million; Rajshahi 844,000 (2015)
Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.04 male(s)/female
0-14 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
15-24 years: 1 male(s)/female
25-54 years: 0.93 male(s)/female
55-64 years: 0.98 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.97 male(s)/female
total population: 0.97 male(s)/female (2016 est.)
Mother’s mean age at first birth:
18.5 note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2014 est.)
Maternal mortality rate:
176 deaths/100,000 live births (2015 est.)
Infant mortality rate:
total: 32.9 deaths/1,000 live births male: 35.2 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 30.4 deaths/1,000 live births (2016 est.)
Life expectancy at birth:
total population: 73.2 years male: 71 years
female: 75.4 years (2016 est.)
Total fertility rate:
2.19 children born/woman (2016 est.)
Contraceptive prevalence rate:
61.2% (2011)
Health expenditures:
2.8% of GDP (2014)
Physicians density:
0.36 physicians/1,000 population (2011)
Hospital bed density:
0.6 beds/1,000 population (2011)
Drinking water source:
urban: 86.5% of population
rural: 87% of population
total: 86.9% of population

urban: 13.5% of population
rural: 13% of population
total: 13.1% of population (2015 est.)
Sanitation facility access:
urban: 57.7% of population
rural: 62.1% of population
total: 60.6% of population

urban: 42.3% of population
rural: 37.9% of population
total: 39.4% of population (2015 est.)
HIV/AIDS – adult prevalence rate:
0.01% (2015 est.)
HIV/AIDS – people living with HIV/AIDS:
9,600 (2015 est.)
HIV/AIDS – deaths:
900 (2015 est.)
Obesity – adult prevalence rate:
3.3% (2014)
Children under the age of 5 years underweight:
32.6% (2014)
Education expenditures:
2.2% of GDP (2015)
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 61.5%
male: 64.6%
female: 58.5% (2015 est.)
School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education):
total: 10 years male: 10 years
female: 10 years (2011)
Unemployment, youth ages 15-24:
total: 8.7% male: 8.3%
female: 9.2% (2010 est.)
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Country name:
conventional long form: People’s Republic of Bangladesh
conventional short form: Bangladesh
local long form: Gana Prajatantri Bangladesh
local short form: Bangladesh
former: East Bengal, East Pakistan
etymology: the name – a compound of the Bengali words “Bangla” (Bengal) and “desh” (country) – means “Country of Bengal”
Government type:
parliamentary republic
name: Dhaka
geographic coordinates: 23 43 N, 90 24 E
time difference: UTC+6 (11 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
Administrative divisions:
8 divisions; Barisal, Chittagong, Dhaka, Khulna, Mymensingh, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Sylhet
16 December 1971 (from West Pakistan)
National holiday:
Independence Day, 26 March (1971); Victory Day, 16 December (1971); note – 26 March 1971 is the date of the Awami League’s declaration of an independent Bangladesh, and 16 December, known as Victory Day, memorializes the military victory over Pakistan and the official creation of the state of Bangladesh
previous 1935, 1956, 1962 (preindependence); latest enacted 4 November 1972, effective 16 December 1972, suspended March 1982, restored November 1986; amended many times, last in 2014 (2016)
Legal system:
mixed legal system of mostly English common law and Islamic law
18 years of age; universal
Executive branch:
chief of state: President Abdul HAMID (since 24 April 2013); note – Abdul HAMID served as acting president following the death of Zillur RAHMAN in March 2013; HAMID was subsequently indirectly elected by the National Parliament and sworn in 24 April 2013

head of government: Prime Minister Sheikh HASINA (since 6 January 2009)

cabinet: Cabinet selected by the prime minister, appointed by the president elections/appointments: president indirectly elected by the National Parliament for a 5-year term (eligible for a second term); election last held on 22 April 2013 (next to be held by 2018); the president appoints as prime minister the majority party leader in the National Parliament

election results: President Abdul HAMID (AL) elected by the National Parliament unopposed; Sheikh HASINA reappointed prime minister as leader of the majority AL party
Legislative branch:
description: unicameral House of the Nation or Jatiya Sangsad (350 seats; 300 members in single-seat territorial constituencies directly elected by simple majority popular vote; 50 members – reserved for women only – indirectly elected by the elected members by proportional representation vote using the single transferable vote method; all members serve 5-year terms)

elections: last held on 5 January 2014 (next to be held by January 2019); note – the 5 January 2014 poll was marred by widespread violence, boycotts, general strikes, and low voter turnout

election results: percent of vote by party – AL-led Alliance 79%, JP (Ershad) 11.3%, WP 2.1%, JSD 1.8%, other parties 1.0%, independent 4.8%; seats by party – AL 234, JP 34, WP 6, JSD 5, other 5, independent 15; 1 seat repolled
Judicial branch:
highest court(s): Supreme Court of Bangladesh (organized into the Appellate Division with 7 justices and the High Court Division with 99 justices) judge selection and term of office: chief justice and justices appointed by the president; justices serve until retirement at age 67

subordinate courts: subordinate courts: civil courts include: Assistant Judge’s Court; Joint District Judge’s Court; Additional District Judge’s Court; District Judge’s Court; criminal courts include: Court of Sessions; Court of Metropolitan Sessions; Metropolitan Magistrate Courts; Magistrate Court; special courts/tribunals
Political parties and leaders:
Awami League or AL [Sheikh HASINA] Bangladesh Nationalist Front or BNF [Abdul Kalam AZADI] Bangladesh Nationalist Party or BNP [Khaleda ZIA] Bangladesh Tariqat Federation or BTF [Syed Nozibul Bashar MAIZBHANDARI] Jatiya Party or JP (Ershad faction) [Hussain Mohammad ERSHAD] Jatiya Party or JP (Manju faction) [Anwar Hossain MANJU] Liberal Democratic Party or LDP [Oli AHMED] National Socialist Party or JSD [KHALEQUZZAMAN] Workers Party or WP [Rashed Khan MENON]
Political pressure groups and leaders:
Ain o Salish Kendro (Centre for Law and Mediation) or ASK (legal aid and civil rights) Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee or BRAC Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry Ministry of Women’s and Children’s Affairs or MoWCA (advocacy group to end gender-based violence) Odikhar (human rights group) other: associations of madrassa teachers; business associations, including those intended to promote international trade; development and advocacy NGOs associated with the Grameen Bank; environmentalists; Islamist groups; labor rights advocacy groups; NGOs focused on poverty alleviation, and international trade; religious leaders; tribal groups and advocacy organizations; union leaders
International organization participation:
National symbol(s):
Bengal tiger, water lily; national colors: green, red
National anthem:
name: “Amar Shonar Bangla” (My Golden Bengal)
lyrics/music: Rabindranath TAGORE

note: adopted 1971; Rabindranath TAGORE, a Nobel laureate, also wrote India’s national anthem
Diplomatic representation in the US:
chief of mission: Ambassador Mohammad ZIAUDDIN (since 18 September 2014)
chancery: 3510 International Drive NW, Washington, DC 20008
telephone: [1] (202) 244-0183
FAX: [1] (202) 244-2771
consulate(s) general: Los Angeles, New York
Diplomatic representation from the US:
chief of mission: Ambassador Marcia BERNICAT (since 12 January 2015)
embassy: Madani Avenue, Baridhara, Dhaka 1212
mailing address: G. P. O. Box 323, Dhaka 1000
telephone: [880] (2) 5566-2000
FAX: [880] (2) 5566-2915
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Bangladesh’s economy has grown roughly 6% per year since 1996 despite political instability, poor infrastructure, corruption, insufficient power supplies, slow implementation of economic reforms, and the 2008-09 global financial crisis and recession. Although more than half of GDP is generated through the services sector, almost half of Bangladeshis are employed in the agriculture sector, with rice as the single-most-important product. Garment exports, the backbone of Bangladesh’s industrial sector, accounted for more than 80% of total exports and surpassed $25 billion in 2015. The sector continues to grow, despite a series of factory accidents that have killed more than 1,000 workers, and crippling strikes, including a nationwide transportation blockade implemented by the political opposition during the first several months of 2015. Steady garment export growth combined with remittances from overseas Bangladeshis – which totaled about $15 billion and 8% of GDP in 2015 – are the largest contributors to Bangladesh’s sustained economic growth and rising foreign exchange reserves.
GDP (purchasing power parity):
GDP (purchasing power parity): $628.4 billion (2016 est.) $587.7 billion (2015 est.) $550.2 billion (2014 est.)

note: data are in 2016 dollars
GDP (official exchange rate):
GDP (official exchange rate): $226.8 billion (2015 est.)
GDP – real growth rate:
6.9% (2016 est.) 6.8% (2015 est.) 6.3% (2014 est.)
GDP – per capita (PPP):
GDP – per capita (PPP): $3,900 (2016 est.) $3,700 (2015 est.) $3,500 (2014 est.)

note: data are in 2016 dollars
Gross national saving:
28.6% of GDP (2016 est.) 29.7% of GDP (2015 est.) 29.1% of GDP (2014 est.)
GDP – composition, by end use:
household consumption: 70.3%
government consumption: 5.2%
investment in fixed capital: 28.2%
investment in inventories: 3%
exports of goods and services: 16.5%
imports of goods and services: -23.2% (2016 est.)
GDP – composition, by sector of origin:
household consumption: 70.3%
government consumption: 5.2%
investment in fixed capital: 28.2%
investment in inventories: 3%
exports of goods and services: 16.5%
imports of goods and services: -23.2% (2016 est.)
Agriculture – products:
rice, jute, tea, wheat, sugarcane, potatoes, tobacco, pulses, oilseeds, spices, fruit; beef, milk, poultry
jute, cotton, garments, paper, leather, fertilizer, iron and steel, cement, petroleum products, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, ceramics, tea, salt, sugar, edible oils, soap and detergent, fabricated metal products, electricity, natural gas
Industrial production growth rate:
8.4% (2016 est.)
Labor force:
83.59 million note: extensive export of labor to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Qatar, and Malaysia; workers’ remittances were $15 billion in 2015, 8% of GDP (2016 est.)
Labor force – by occupation:
agriculture: 47%
industry: 13%
services: 40% (2010 est.)
Unemployment rate:
4.9% (2016 est.) 4.9% (2015 est.) note: about 40% of the population is underemployed; many persons counted as employed work only a few hours a week and at low wages
Population below poverty line:
31.5% (2010 est.)
Household income or consumption by percentage share:
lowest 10%: 4%
highest 10%: 27% (2010 est.)
Distribution of family income – Gini index:
32.1 (2010) 33.6 (1996)
revenues: $23.78 billion
expenditures: $35.32 billion (2016 est.)
Taxes and other revenues:
10.5% of GDP (2016 est.)
Public debt:
25.9% of GDP (2016 est.) 26.6% of GDP (2015 est.)
Fiscal year:
1 July – 30 June
Inflation rate (consumer prices):
Inflation rate (consumer prices): 5.6% (2016 est.) 6.2% (2015 est.)
Current account balance:
-$131 million (2016 est.) $1.507 billion (2015 est.)
$33.32 billion (2016 est.) $31.74 billion (2015 est.)
Exports – commodities:
garments, knitwear, agricultural products, frozen food (fish and seafood), jute and jute goods, leather
Exports – partners:
US 13.9%, Germany 12.9%, UK 8.9%, France 5%, Spain 4.7% (2015)
$39.17 billion (2016 est.) $37.63 billion (2015 est.)
Imports – commodities:
cotton, machinery and equipment, chemicals, iron and steel, foodstuffs
Imports – partners:
China 22.4%, India 14.1%, Singapore 5.2% (2015)
Reserves of foreign exchange and gold:
$29.77 billion (31 December 2016 est.) $27.49 billion (31 December 2015 est.)
Debt – external:
$37.26 billion (31 December 2016 est.) $35.49 billion (31 December 2015 est.)
Stock of direct foreign investment – at home:
$13.24 billion (31 December 2016 est.) $12.91 billion (31 December 2015 est.)
Stock of direct foreign investment – abroad:
$343 million (31 December 2016 est.) $188 million (31 December 2015 est.)
Market value of publicly traded shares:
$50.98 billion (31 December 2015 est.) $41.73 billion (31 December 2014 est.) $23.55 billion (31 December 2011 est.)
Exchange rates:
taka (BDT) per US dollar – 78.5 (2016 est.) 77.947 (2015 est.) 77.947 (2014 est.) 77.614 (2013 est.) 81.86 (2012 est.)
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Electricity – production:
53 billion kWh (2014 est.)
Electricity – consumption:
46 billion kWh (2014 est.)
Electricity – exports:
0 kWh (2013 est.)
Electricity – imports:
0 kWh (2013 est.)
Electricity – installed generating capacity:
8.6 million kW (2014 est.)
Electricity – from fossil fuels:
97.7% of total installed capacity (2013 est.)
Electricity – from nuclear fuels:
0% of total installed capacity (2013 est.)
Electricity – from hydroelectric plants:
2.3% of total installed capacity (2013 est.)
Electricity – from other renewable sources:
0% of total installed capacity (2013 est.)
Crude oil – production:
4,000 bbl/day (2015 est.)
Crude oil – exports:
313 bbl/day (2013 est.)
Crude oil – imports:
23,660 bbl/day (2013 est.)
Crude oil – proved reserves:
28 million bbl (1 January 2016 es)
Refined petroleum products – production:
27,930 bbl/day (2013 est.)
Refined petroleum products – consumption:
109,000 bbl/day (2014 est.)
Refined petroleum products – exports:
2,567 bbl/day (2013 est.)
Refined petroleum products – imports:
77,730 bbl/day (2013 est.)
Natural gas – production:
23.9 billion cu m (2014 est.)
Natural gas – consumption:
23.9 billion cu m (2014 est.)
Natural gas – exports:
0 cu m (2013 est.)
Natural gas – imports:
0 cu m (2013 est.)
Natural gas – proved reserves:
233 billion cu m (1 January 2016 es)
Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy:
66 million Mt (2013 est.)
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Cellular Phones in use:
total: 133.72 million subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 79 (July 2015 est.)
Telephone system:
general assessment: inadequate for a modern country; introducing digital systems; trunk systems include VHF and UHF microwave radio relay links, and some fiber-optic cable in cities

domestic: fixed-line teledensity remains only about 1 per 100 persons; mobile-cellular telephone subscribership has been increasing rapidly and now approaches 80 telephones per 100 persons

international: country code – 880; landing point for the SEA-ME-WE-4 fiber-optic submarine cable system that provides links to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia; satellite earth stations – 6; international radiotelephone communications and landline service to neighborin (2015)
Broadcast media:
state-owned Bangladesh Television (BTV) operates 1 terrestrial TV station, 3 radio networks, and about 10 local stations; 8 private satellite TV stations and 3 private radio stations also broadcasting; foreign satellite TV stations are gaining audience sh (2007)
Internet country code:
Internet users:
total: 24.33 million percent of population: 14.4% (July 2015 est.)
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18 (2013)
Airports (paved runways):
total 16
over 3,047 m: 2
2,438 to 3,047 m: 2
1,524 to 2,437 m: 6
914 to 1,523 m: 1
under 914 m: 5 (2013)
Airports (unpaved runways):
total 2

1,524 to 2,437 m: 1
under 914 m: 1 (2013)
3 (2013)
gas 2,950 km (2013)
total 2,460 km
broad gauge: 659 km 1.676-m gauge
narrow gauge: 1,801 km 1.000-m gauge (2014)
total 21,269 km
paved: 2,021 km
unpaved: 19,248 km (2010)
8,370 km (includes up to 3,060 km of main cargo routes; network reduced to 5,200 km in the dry season) (2011)
Merchant marine:
total 62

by type: bulk carrier 25, cargo 28, chemical tanker 1, container 5, petroleum tanker 3

foreign-owned: 8 (China 1, Singapore 7)

registered in other countries: 10 (Comoros 1, Hong Kong 1, Panama 5, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1, Sierra Leone 1, Singapore 1) (2010)
Ports and terminals:
major seaport(s): Chittagong
river port(s): Mongla Port (Sela River)
container port(s): Chittagong (1,392,104) (2011)
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Military branches:
Bangladesh Defense Force: Bangladesh Army (Sena Bahini), Bangladesh Navy (Noh Bahini, BN), Bangladesh Air Force (Biman Bahini, BAF) (2013)
Military service age and obligation:
16-19 years of age for voluntary military service; Bangladeshi birth and 10th grade education required; initial obligation 15 years (2012)
Military expenditures:
1.09% of GDP (2014) 1.15% of GDP (2013) 1.35% of GDP (2012) 1.44% of GDP (2011) 1.35% of GDP (2010)
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 Transnational Issues

Disputes – International:
Bangladesh referred its maritime boundary claims with Burma and India to the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea; Indian Prime Minister Singh’s September 2011 visit to Bangladesh resulted in the signing of a Protocol to the 1974 Land Boundary Agreement between India and Bangladesh, which had called for the settlement of longstanding boundary disputes over undemarcated areas and the exchange of territorial enclaves, but which had never been implemented; Bangladesh struggles to accommodate 32,000 Rohingya, Burmese Muslim minority from Arakan State, living as refugees in Cox’s Bazar; Burmese border authorities are constructing a 200 km (124 mi) wire fence designed to deter illegal cross-border transit and tensions from the military build-up along border
Refugees and internally displaced persons:
refugees (country of origin): 231,948 (Burma) (2015) IDPs: 426,000 (violence, human rights violations, religious persecution, natural disasters) (2015)
Illicit drugs:
transit country for illegal drugs produced in neighboring countries

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