About Bangladesh

Bangladesh's capital is Dhaka. They have the 8th most populous country with 156,594,962. The official language in Bangladesh is Bengali. Bangladesh has a quite small literacy rate with 52.2% for females and 61.3% for males. The life expectancy rate for males is 69 years and 71 years for females.

Government & Economy

The government in Bangladesh is Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Republic. They have a president which is Abdul Hamid and they also have a prime minister which is Sheikh Hasina. Their economy is capitalist. They are a developing nation, but they are mostly capitalist. Their currency is the Taka, which is about 82 Taka for 1 U.S dollar. Bangladesh has a GDP per capita of $1,033 which is 155th in the world. One company that brings money to the economy is Kazi Farms Group. This is one of the largest companies with poultry. I don't believe that Bangladesh's economy is very strong but one way Bangladesh could improve their economy is by adding  or opening more jobs. This would make the unemployment rate lower and also add to their GDP. This would also help because more families would have money so their would be less malnutrition and homeless people.

President Abdul Hamid
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Bangladesh Taka

Tourist attractions

Here are three tourist attractions that are popular in Bangladesh.

1. Madhabkunda Waterfall; This is one of the largest waterfalls in Bangladesh and a popular tourist spot. To get there you can go on the roads or on a train. There is beautiful landscape all around. When you get there, you can see the waterfall and surrounding forest. It is also a great place for picnics or just enjoying nature

Madhabkunda Waterfall

2. Kuakata Beach; This is a very wide, sandy beach. The Gongamati Reserved Forest can be seen from one side and you can get there from boat, bike, foot, and more. This is a great tourist attraction because you can do anything you would on a normal beach, but this is also one of the best beaches where you can see the beautiful sunrise and sunset.

Kuakata Beach

3. Lalbagh Fort; This is an incomplete fort that stands before the Buriganga River in Dhaka, the capital. It was built in 1678 AD. It has more than one building in it but some of them are the Mosque, the Tomb of Bibi Pari, and the Diwan-I-Aam. Still standing are two gateways and a partially damaged wall. This is a great tourist attraction to check out old architecture.

Lalbagh Fort

Historical Events

Here are three important historical events that happened in Bangladesh.

1. In 1204, Islam was introduced and a wanted religion across the region. Eventually, Lakshman Sen of the Sena dynasty was defeated. The Turkic general, Bakhitair Khilji, defeated him and gained large amounts of Bengal (which was what Bangladesh was known as at the time).

2. In 1943, there was a great famine, or the Great Bengal Famine, which killed 3 million lives. This was caused because of different events leading up to it. The Sepoy Mutiny, which was a deadly rebellion in 1857, and the running of the administration changed to the authority of a British viceroy. During this colonial rule is when the famine happened.

3. In 1971, there was a big war. The Pakistan army decided to kill many people like Bengali citizens, youth, activists, politicians, and more. The Pakistan Army was defeated by the Bangladesh-India Allied Forces by the time winter came. This war led to the surrender of them and they got the Liberation of Dhaka on December 16th of 1971.

Current Event

This is a current event that was current of October 29th, 2014.

Recently, almost 170 people, mostly men, were taken and forced to work as slaves in Thailand. They were forced to get on boats and work in the jungle of Thailand. They were beaten and starved. But this isn't just from Thailand. This happens a lot in Bangladesh. Many houses or work places have "slaves", but they wont call them that. They have very poor wages, and almost all of them are ages 6 to 17 years old. There are about 400,000 of them. They do everything from cooking to cleaning. Just last year, Bangladesh was ranked number 10 of countries with enslaved people. Human rights campaigners have tried for a while to solve this problem, but most of their attempts failed.  

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