Location: South Asia
Time zone: CET + 5 (during summer time: CET + 4)
Total area: 144,000 km²
Land area: 130,170 km²
Water area: 13,830 km²
Length of the state border: 4,413 km
Myanmar: 271 km
India: 4,142 km
Coastline: 580 km
Barisal, Chittagong, Dhaka, Khulna, Rajshahi
Electric current: 220 V / 50 Hz (strongly fluctuating 150-280 volts)
Telephone code: 00 880 (Source: Allcitycodes)
Highest point: Keokradong 1,230 m
Population: approx. 166 million residents (Countryaah, 2021)
Population growth: 1.6% per year
Population density (residents per km²): 1.152
Life expectancy: 69 (male), 73 (female)
Official language: Bengali
- 89% Muslim
- 10% Hindus
- 1% other
Most of the year, Bangladesh has high temperatures.
From October to March the humidity is still very low and there is no rain. After that, the humidity rises sharply until mid-June. However, only very little rain falls during this period.
From the end of June to October it is then much cooler than usual. The cold and rainy monsoon season continues during these months.
Currency / finance
Currency unit: Taka (BDT)
Classification: 1 Taka = 100 Poisha
ATMs: There are only a few machines in the capital.
International credit cards: These are accepted by a few larger hotels and shops.
Regulations: The national currency may be imported and exported up to an amount of 100 BDT. Foreign currencies up to an equivalent value of US $ 5,000 can be imported and exported without a declaration.
The following may be carried duty-free:
- 2 cartons of cigarettes
- 2 bottles of alcoholic drinks (only for non-Muslims!)
- small amounts of perfume
(Information applies to people aged 18 and over)
Tourists and people in transit can bring items of personal use with them duty-free.
You should keep all customs forms and certificates received upon entry until you leave the country.
Foreigners also face heavy penalties for possession and importation of drugs, even in the smallest quantities. If you have medication with you for your own needs, we recommend that you have a certificate from your doctor issued in English with you.
Travel to the districts of Bandarban, Khagrachari and Rangamati is not recommended. There are repeated armed unrest and criminal attacks.
Large crowds and all political activity should be avoided.
Bangladesh is at risk of earthquakes.
Climate-related floods are quite common from June to October.
Robberies and thefts are very common. Particular caution is required in public transport and when there are large crowds.
Flying vendors and beggars keep trying to steal things from cars on streets and intersections. Always lock all doors and keep the windows closed when you are driving.
The roads across the country are in very poor condition. It is dangerous to be out at night.
Tap water should always be filtered and boiled before drinking, as the quality is very poor.
Bangladesh is still very far behind in terms of economic development. There is almost no big industry.
Most of the residents are employed in agriculture, which grows a lot of grain, rice and jute.
The textile industry is very strong. In many factories all over the country, goods are mainly manufactured for the European and North American market.
Industries: cotton, jute, tea, textiles, cement, sugar
Natural resources: natural gas, wood, farmland
- Land: 73%
- Grain cultivation: 2%
- Pasture area: 5%
- Forests: 15%
- other: 5%
Only a very small part of the once huge forest areas has survived. About 15% of the country is covered by forests. here mainly mangroves grow.
In order to gain agricultural land, large areas were converted into arable land.