Divisions of Bangladesh
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Bangladesh is divided into seven major administrative regions called 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 Sileţ)
Three more divisions have been proposed to ease down administrative work load due to population increase:
- Chittagong Hill Tracts Division (পার্বত্য চট্টগ্রাম Parbotto Chôţţogram) - proposed to contain the eastern districts of the existing Chittagong Division;
- Mymensingh Division (ময়মনসিংহ Moymonsing)- proposed to contain the northern districts of the existing Dhaka Division; and
- Comilla Division (কুমিল্লা Kumilla) - proposed to contain the northern districts of the existing Chittagong Division.
Ranking of divisions
The following table outlines some key statistics about the seven divisions of Bangladesh as found in the 2011 Population and Housing Census conducted by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.
|Division||Bangla||Population ||Area (km2)||Population density
|Sex ratio (males
per 100 females)
|Chittagong Hill Tracts Division||পার্বত্য চট্টগ্রাম||Proposed|
Following the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, the country had four divisions:
- Chittagong Division (চট্টগ্রাম Chôţţogram)
- Dacca Division (ঢাকা Đhaka)
- Khulna Division (খুলনা Khulna)
- Rajshahi Division (রাজশাহী Rajshahi)
In 1993, Barisal Division was split off from Khulna Division; in 1998, Sylhet Division was split off from Chittagong Division; and in 2010 (25 January), Rangpur Division was split off from Rajshahi Division, this latest creation consisting of the Rangpur and Dinajpur areas. In terms of area the newly formed Rangpur Division ranked fifth followed by Barisal and Sylhet division.
- Divisions of Pakistan
- ISO 3166 codes
- Districts of Bangladesh
- Upazilas of Bangladesh
- Villages of Bangladesh
- "2011 Population & Housing Census: Preliminary Results". Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 12 January 2012.