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The World's eighth most populous nation, Bangladesh is bisected by the Tropic of Cancer. Its coastline borders the Bay of Bangal and there are land borders with India and Myanmar.
Area: 0.15 million sqkm
Population: 123 million (1993)
Capital: Dhaka
Language: Bangla, English
Currency: One Taka = 100 Paisas



Geologically Bangladesh is a delta formed from 230 rivers including the Padma (Ganges), Jamuna (Brahmaputra) and the Meghna.80% of the total population are settled in rural areas. Road and water transport are the main means of travel and there ia a well developed air services. As a result of the many rivers and regular flooding in rural areas most roads are built on embankments with a large number of bridges, culverts and ferries.

With a population of almost 120 million Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world.