Guide to Bangladesh
Bangladesh known mostly for its cyclones and other natrual calamaties also is the most densely populated in Asia. It is home to the longest beach and biggest mangrove in the world.
By TTM on 26 March 2008 in Destination Guides
Full Name: People's Republic of Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan)
Location: South Asia, bordered by India, Burma and Bengal
Population: 158.6 million (UN, 2007)
Capital and largest city: Dhaka
Area: 143,998 sq km (55,598 sq miles)
Major language: Bengali (Bangla), English widely spoken
Major religions: Islam, Hinduism
Life expectancy: 63 years (men), 65 years (women) (UN)
Currency: Bangladesh Taka (BDT) 1 taka = 100 paisa
Internet domain: .bd
Country Dialling Code: + 880
Voltage: 220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the British 5- and 15-amp, two- or three-pin (round) type.
Flying time: 9 hours from London to Dhaka and 23 hours from New York
Main Airport: Dhaka International (DAC)
Climate: Bangladesh has a sub tropical climate. It is hot (32°C) and rainy in the summer (March to June), a rainy monsoon season (June to October) when 80 per cent of the rain falls, and has dry winters (October to March). The coolest month is January where temperatures over around 10°C.
Entry/Visa: A valid passport with at least three months left before expiry is required. A visa is required. For UK passport holders this costs £40 for single entry.
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