Facts & Figures

ndependence: 16 December 1971 (from West Pakistan); note - 26 March 1971 is the date of independence from West Pakistan, 16 December 1971 is known as Victory Day and commemorates the official creation of the state of Bangladesh

Government type: Parliamentary democracy head of government: Prime Minister Sheikh HASINA

Capital: Dhaka

Port: Chittagong

Border countries:Burma 193 km, India 4,053 km

Ethnic groups: Bengali 98%, tribal groups, non-Bengali Muslims

Religions: Muslim 83%, Hindu 16%, other 1%

Languages: Bangla (official, also known as Bengali), English

Literacy: Age 15 and over can read and write total population: 56%

Industries: Cotton textiles, jute, garments, tea processing, paper newsprint, cement, chemical fertilizer, light engineering, sugar

Population: 152 Million

GDP: USD160 Billion

Growth: 6%

Inflation rate: 8%

Currency: Taka

Exchange rate: 1 Euro = 101Tk