Country: Bangladesh

Population: 150,448,339

Capital: Dhaka

Time Zone: UTC+6

Currency Name: Taka (BDT)

Government Type: Parliamentary Democracy

Languages: Bangla (official, also known as Bengali), English

Ethnic Breakdown: Bengali 98%, other 2% (includes tribal groups, non-Bengali Muslims)

Religion: Muslim 83%, Hindu 16%, other 1%

Major Cities: Dhaka

Phone Country Code: 880

Health Concerns: high risk in some areas for waterborne and vectorborne diseases - diarrhea, Hepatitis A and E, typhoid fever, dengue fever, leptospirosis, avian flu

Official Tourism Website:

High Travel Season: Early October to the middle of February

Voltage: 220 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: a, c, d, g, k

Major Holidays: February 21 (International Mother Language Day), March 26 (Indpendence Day), April 14 (Bengli New Year's Day), May 1 (May Day), November 7 (National Solidarity Day), December 16 (Victory Day), December 25 (Christmas Day)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: In Bangladesh, kids as young as 15 can be jailed for cheating on their finals.