Population: About 147 million people
Language: Bangla (also called Bengali)
Religion: About 85% Muslim, 12% Hindu, and less than 1% Christian. Bangladesh has the 4th largest Muslim population in the world.
- Bangladesh is about the same size as the state of Illinois.
- About 1/3 of Bangladeshi people are younger than 15 years old.
- Rickshaws are a common type of transportation.
- Kabaddi (from a Hindi word meaning "holding breath") is the national sport. The object of the game is to tag players without taking a breath and to avoid being tagged. Children also play cricket, field hockey, and soccer.
- Elementary school for ages 6-11 is mandatory and free. Schools average 59 students per one teacher.
- One of the most common foods that Bangladeshi eat is fish.
- The Bengal tiger is a national symbol of this country known as "The Land of the Bengal Tiger."
- Because flooding is common, many homes are built on stilts, and roads are built up higher than ground level.
- Shemai or sweet vermicelli is a popular Bangladeshi dessert.
- In Bangladesh, people eat with their hands.
- Bangladesh is the world's largest producer of jute, a fibrous substance used in making burlap, sacks, mats, rope and twine, and carpet backing.
- The largest hailstone recorded fell on April 14, 1986 in Bangladesh weighing 1kg (2.25lbs). The hailstorm reportedly killed 92 people.
ee-SHOH-rayr GOW-rohb hohk! (Praise the Lord! in Bengali)
Accha (Goodbye in Bengali)