Bangladesh: what to know?

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Bangladesh is a poor country in South Asia with poor governance and corruption. Infrastructure is underdeveloped, and the country suffers from environmental problems, including contaminated water and disease risks. Visitors should also consider the country’s weather, including floods caused by the summer monsoon.

The People’s Republic of Bangladesh is an extremely poor country in South Asia, almost completely surrounded by India. By international standards, the country is poorly governed. It also has a reputation for being plagued with corruption. If you plan to visit or do business in the country, you should also consider that the United States Department of State (USA) states that “although they are improving, the infrastructure to support transportation, communications and power is underdeveloped.

Bangladesh is a low-lying country, whose capital is called Dhaka. Besides India, the country shares a small border area with Myanmar. Most people who fly direct to Bangladesh enter the country through Shahjalal International Airport, which is located in Dhaka. If you plan to visit, you may want to consider flying into India and crossing the border by land transport, which is generally cheaper. It is also possible to cross the border from Myanmar using land transport if you visit that country first.

There are many other things you may need to consider if you are planning to visit or do business in Bangladesh. This overcrowded country is populated mostly by Muslims. Bangla is the official language, but only about half of the adult population is literate. Bangladeshi money is called taka. The time zone of the country is UTC (coordinated universal time) +6.

There are numerous environmental problems in Bangladesh. One you may want to plan for is the condition of the water. Much of the country’s surface and groundwater is contaminated and polluted. Consequently, there is a high risk that consumption or contact could lead to diseases such as hepatitis A and E, protozoal diarrhea and leptospirosis. Other disease risks include typhoid fever and malaria.

If you plan to visit the northern or southern parts of the country, you may have trouble accessing the amount of water you’re used to. This is because water shortages are common in these areas. You may also have trouble accessing landlines. Most telephone communication in the country is via mobile phones. The Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook describes telephone systems as “inadequate for a modern country.”

The weather is another thing to consider. Nearly a third of the country floods every year. These floods are commonly caused by the summer monsoon. Cyclones and other annoying natural events also occur periodically. Other than that, high humidity is common.

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