Sylhet District

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Two landmarks of the city: Keane Bridge and Ali Amjad's Clock
Two landmarks of the city: Keane Bridge and Ali Amjad's Clock
Expandable map of Sylhet District
Coordinates: 24°53′N 91°52′E / 24.883°N 91.867°E / 24.883; 91.867Coordinates: 24°53′N 91°52′E / 24.883°N 91.867°E / 24.883; 91.867
Country Bangladesh
DivisionSylhet Division
 • Total3,452.07 km2 (1,332.85 sq mi)
 • Total3,957,000[1]
Demonym(s)Sylheti, Siloti
Literacy rate
 • Total66%
Time zoneUTC+06:00 (BST)
Postal code
HDI (2018)0.596[3]
medium · 11th of 21

Sylhet (Bengali: সিলেট, Sylheti: ꠍꠤꠟꠐ), located in north-east Bangladesh, is the divisional capital and one of the four districts in the Sylhet Division.


Sylhet district was established on 3 January 1782, and until 1878 it was part of Bengal province. In that year, Sylhet was included in the newly created Assam Province, and it remained as part of Assam up to 1947 (except during the brief break-up of Bengal province in 1905–11). Sylhet district was divided into five subdivisions and the current Sylhet District was known as the North Sylhet subdivision. In 1947, Sylhet became a part of East Pakistan as a result of a referendum (except 3½ thanas of Karimganj subdivision) as part of Chittagong Division.[4] It was subdivided into four districts in 1983-84 with the current Sylhet District being known as North Sylhet. It became a part of Sylhet Division after its formation in 1995.[4]


Sylhet District is divided into thirteen Upazilas.[4]

The upazilas are:

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  2. ^ Bangladesh at GeoHive Archived 26 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Ashfaq Hossain (2012). "Sylhet District". In Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal (ed.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.