Administrative geography of Bangladesh

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Subdivisions of Bangladesh
Administrative map of Bangladesh
Location Bangladesh


Type Number
Division 7
District 64
Subdistrict 488
Municipal Corporation 67
City Corporation 11
Union Parishads ~4,550
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Bangladesh is divided into 7 Divisions (Bibhag) and 64 Districts(Jela, Zila, Zela), although these have only a limited role in public policy. For the purposes of local government, the country is divided into Upazila, Thana and Union Council. The diagram below outlines the five tiers of government in Bangladesh.

Central government
Union Council
(Rural area)
(Urban area)


Bangladesh is divided into seven major administrative divisions (Bengali: বিভাগ Bibhag). Each division is named after the major city within its jurisdiction that serves as the administrative capital of that division:

  • Barisal (বরিশাল Borishal)
  • Chittagong (চট্টগ্রাম Chôţţogram)
  • Dhaka (ঢাকা Đhaka)
  • Khulna (খুলনা Khulna)
  • Rajshahi (রাজশাহী Rajshahi)
  • Rangpur (রংপুর Rongpur)
  • Sylhet (সিলেট Silet)


Formerly Bangladesh was also divided into 21 regions, which formed an additional administrative level between the levels of the divisions and the districts:


The divisions are divided into 64[2] districts, or zila (Bengali: জেলা jela). Each district is run by a Deputy Commissioner (popularly abbreviated to "DC") who is appointed by the government from a Deputy secretary of B.C.S. Administration Cadre.

Division Number Districts
Barisal Division 6
Chittagong Division 11
Dhaka Division 17
Khulna Division 10
Rajshahi Division 8
Rangpur Division 8
Sylhet Division 4
Total 64


The districts are divided into subdistricts called Upazila (Bengali উপজেলা upojela). Upazilas are similar to the county subdivisions found in some Western countries. At present Bangladesh has 488 upazilas. The Local Government Ordinance of 1982 was amended a year later, redesignating and upgrading many existing thanas as upazilas.[3]

Local level[edit]



Division Number Municipalities
Barisal Division 6
Chittagong Division 16
Dhaka Division 16
Khulna Division 9
Rajshahi Division 7
Rangpur Division 8
Sylhet Division 5
Total 67


Further information: Union Councils of Bangladesh


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  3. ^ Kamal Siddiqui. "Local Government". In Sirajul Islam. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh. Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 

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