Divisions of Bangladesh
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The administration of Bangladesh is divided into seven major regions called divisions (Bengali: বিভাগ bibhag). Each division is named after the major city within its jurisdiction that also serves as the administrative headquarters of that division. Each division is further split into several districts (Bengali: জেলা jela) which are then further sub-divided into Upazilas.
Following the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, the country had four divisions: Chittagong Division, Dacca Division, Khulna Division and Rajshahi Division. In 1983, the English spelling of the Dacca Division (along with the name of the capital city) was changed into Dhaka to more closely match the Bengali pronunciation. 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. In 2015 there started process to create three more divisions.
Overview 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||Bengali||Population ||Area (km2)||Population density
|Sex ratio (males
per 100 females)
- Comilla Division (কুমিল্লা Comilla) - proposed to consist six northwestern districts of the existing Chittagong Division, formerly known as Comilla Region.
- Faridpur Division (ফরিদপুর Faridpur) - proposed to consist five southern districts of the existing Dhaka Division; and
- Mymensingh Division (ময়মনসিংহ Moymonsing) - proposed to consist six northern districts of the existing Dhaka Division. The Proposed Division was established as a Mymensingh district by the British in 1787. Later, it was reorganized in two phases into six districts.
- Divisions of Pakistan
- ISO 3166 codes
- Districts of Bangladesh
- Upazilas of Bangladesh
- Villages of Bangladesh
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