Bangladesh is a country in South Asia with a rich and diverse culture, history, and nature. Here are some interesting facts about Bangladesh that you might not know:
- Bangladesh is the eighth-most-populous country in the world, with a population of around 169 million people in an area of 148,460 square kilometres (57,320 sq mi)⁴.
- Bangladesh has the world’s longest beach, the Cox’s Bazar Beach, which stretches for 120 kilometres (75 miles) along the Bay of Bengal¹.
- Bangladesh is home to the world’s largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans, which covers an area of 10,000 square kilometres (3,860 square miles) and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site¹. The Sundarbans is also the habitat of the endangered Bengal tiger, the national animal of Bangladesh⁴.
- Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, with 1,240 people per square kilometre of land area¹. Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, is the most densely populated city in the world, with 47,400 people per square kilometre¹.
- Bangladesh is the world’s second-largest producer and exporter of ready-made garments, after China¹. The textile industry accounts for nearly 95% of the country’s total exports¹.
- Bangladesh is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, due to its low-lying and flat terrain, frequent floods, cyclones, earthquakes, and landslides¹. In 1970, a cyclone killed an estimated 300,000 to 500,000 people in Bangladesh, making it the deadliest tropical cyclone in history¹.
- Bangladesh is the only country in the world that was founded on the basis of language¹. In 1952, a movement to protect the Bengali language from the imposition of Urdu by the Pakistani government led to a violent crackdown by the police, killing several students and activists. This event, known as the Language Movement, is commemorated every year on 21 February as the International Mother Language Day¹.
- Bangladesh has a vibrant and diverse culture, influenced by Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and various ethnic groups. The country has a rich tradition of literature, music, art, and cuisine. The national anthem of Bangladesh, Amar Sonar Bangla, was written by the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore⁴. The national flower of Bangladesh is the water lily, which symbolises purity, beauty, and resilience⁵.
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