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Bangladesh Facts for Kids

Bangladesh Facts for Kids

  • Bangladesh is officially known as the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
  • It is located in South Asia;
  • it shares a land border with India and Myanmar.
  • Historically, Bangladesh is known to have disasters like flooding and cyclones due to its unique geographic makeup and many of the country’s historical sites and landmarks have been destroyed by flooding,
  • The cyclone of 1970 was one of the country’s worst national disaster.
  • The country is almost entirely flat with a total area of 56,980 sq miles (147,570 km)
  • In terms of size, Bangladesh is only about one tenth the size of alaska but the bay of Bengal is the largest bay in the entire world.
  • Bangladesh has had a rapidly growing economy over the last few years, boasting 6% growth yearly from 1996 to 2008.
  • Bangladesh gained its independence from Pakistan in 1971,
  • The national day of the country is celebrated on March 26;
  • The country is the 8th most populous country in the world and the 5th in Asia.
  • The largest city and the capital city is Dhaka, it is also known as the City of Mosques while Mahasthangarh is the oldest city.
  • The country’s major religion is Islam, with 90% of the population being Muslims
  • The country has the third-largest Muslim population in the world.
  • The main ethnic group in Bangladesh is Bengali, comprising at least 98% of the population.
  • The people of Bangladesh are called Bangladeshi.
  • The official language is called Bangla or Bengali
  • The currency of Bangladesh is called taka which means “currency” in Bengali.
  • The national animal is the endangered Royal Bengal tiger;
  • The national bird of Bangladesh is the Magpie Robin. The national flower is the white-flowered water lily called shape,
  • The national fruit is the jackfruit (Kathal in Bengali) and the mango tree is the national tree.

  • The game of choice for Bangladeshi is cricket but the national game is called Kabaddi and the unique thing about this game is that it has no set rules.
  • Over half of the residents of Bangladesh are in the farming industry because of the alluvial soil deposited from the flooding rivers.
  • Over 10% of the land is made up of forests.
  • Bangladesh has one of the largest mangrove forests in the world.
  • Bangladesh is a country that has faced hardships through its flooding but has made the most of the situation.
  • The flooding has made the soil fertile, providing its people with jobs in agriculture.
  • Even though many of its historic landmarks have been destroyed by these natural disasters, culture and history are still very rich in this country.
  • Rice is a staple food in the country and is normally served with an assortment of curries.
  • Despite the commonness of farmers in Bangladesh, its export earnings come mainly from the garments industry
  • The country’s average constant readership is only about 15% yet there are more than 2,000 magazines and daily newspapers published in Bangladesh.
  • Bangladesh is called the “the playground of seasons” because it has six not four seasons, which it calls sharat (Autumn), grismo (summer), bashonto (spring), sheet (winter), barsha (Rainy) and hemanto (cool).
  • The hilly region of northeast Bangladesh, sylhet has many monuments that are similar to those found in Europe.

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  • Bangladesh’s Cox’s bazar is the longest unbroken sea beach in the world with a 75 miles length.
  • The left hand is considered unclean in Bangladesh, so always use your right hand when eating or passing food, drinks, or business cards
  • Bangladesh has a lack of rock for construction but what they have are hundreds of brick kilns with massive chimneys scattered across the country. So the bricks are fired and break up into “rock” to use as make shift for comnstruction.
  • The highest peak in Bangladesh is Saka Haphong in the southeastern Mowdok Range at just 1,052 m(3,451 ft).
  • The land that is Bangladesh has had several ruling dynasties including the Buddhist Pala dynasty and the Hindu Sena dunasty. In the 12th century, Arabians had come to begal and the religion of islam had begun to spread. By the 16th century, the mughal Empire took control of Bengal and the city of Dhaka became an important center of the Mughal administration.
  • There are about 700 rivers flowing throughout the country.
  • The Ganges, the Meghna and the Brahmaputra are three of the largest