April 17, 1971

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ON THIS date, the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Bangladesh came into ex­is­tence in 1971. It shares borders with In­dia and Myan­mar. The coun­tries of Nepal, Bhutan and China are lo­cated nearby.

The coun­try’s mar­itime ter­ri­tory in the Bay of Ben­gal is roughly equal to the size of its land area. Bangladesh is the world’s eighth most pop­u­lous coun­try (163 mil­lion). Dhaka is its cap­i­tal and Chit­tagong the coun­try’s largest port.

Bangladesh forms the largest part of the Ben­gal re­gion.

Bangladeshis in­clude peo­ple from a range of eth­nic groups and re­li­gions but Ben­galis make up 98% of the pop­u­la­tion. The po­lit­i­cally dom­i­nant Ben­gali Mus­lims make up the na­tion the world’s third largest Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­try. –

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