Burkhas, Bibles and Bangladesh

20 things you may or may not have known about Bangladesh

Posted by Caroline on June 23, 2009

In the few months that I have been here I have learnt so much about Bangladesh that I thought I would share some of the interesting, and maybe random facts that i now know.

1)The currency is the Taka (rhymes with Dhaka), 100TK is the same as £1, and only in the last month have 1000TK notes been printed
2)Locals are called Bangladeshi’s which means the people of Bangla
3)The national language is Bangla, but depending where you place the emphasis changes the meaning. BANGla- means the land of Bangla, BanGLA-means the land of frogs
4)driving down a road the wrong way is acceptible…and very scary
5)the local dress for women is called a shalwar kameez
6)Mirpur (the area i’m based in) has more people than Northern Ireland
7)Most shops shut between 2-4pm when everyone has an afternoon nap, getting a rickshaw at this time is nearly impossible
8 ) Friday is the Holy day
9) New Year is April 14th
10) a new month starts in the middle
11) Bangladeshi’s only eat with their right hand
12) Bangladeshi’s have been voted the happiest people for the 3rd year in a row
13) Noble Prize Winner, RABINDRANATH THAGOR wrote the National Anthem
14) Lychees only have a season of 3-4weeks and you can buy 50 for 100TK
15) The national fruit is the Jackfruit, it has the same texture as mangoes but can be up to a 35cm in length, the seeds make a great curry
16) Honour to a Bangladeshi’s is the most important thing
17) the Lily is the national flower, although I haven’t seen one yet
18) Bangladeshi’s are very proud of Cox’s Bazaar as it is the longest natural sea beach in the world
19) It is the 7th most populated country in the world, it has the same number of people as America in the space of Ireland
20) It is the most corrupt and dirtiest country in the world.

3 Responses to “20 things you may or may not have known about Bangladesh”

  1. Rev. PD said

    Hi Caroline
    I found the list of 20 things really interesting – Chloe loves Lychees but it’s a long way to go to get them cheap!?
    We are all off on holiday this Monday – will text etc. when we get back.

    God bless


  2. Ronnie Hossain said

    “It is the most corrupt and dirtiest country in the world”. You said the right thing. Overpopulation is the problem. Unfortunately politicians don’t think that way. God please give them some brain.

  3. Josh T said

    Hmm.. i’m not sure that number 19 is correct.. it only has 1/2 the number of people as usa.. did u mean to say something about density :) –dirtiest country in the world– ha.. there are others–plus you weren’t even here for the bad months–but certainly know what you mean- JOsh T

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