Bangladesh Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

Bangladesh is a country on the southern part of the continent of Asia. Come learn about this tropical country, where to find it on a map, how big it is, what languages its residents speak, and some other interesting facts about Bangladesh.

Where is Bangladesh?

You are floating down a long river and you notice a lot happening on the busy banks. There are people rowing past you in small boats as well as bigger boats carrying people and goods. Others are anchored and are fishing. You are cruising down a river in Bangladesh!

Bangladesh is a small country in South Asia with large rivers that flow into the Bay of Bengal, which is part of the Indian Ocean. The country could fit inside Alaska about 10 times!

Map of Bangladesh in light yellow
Map of Bangladesh in light yellow

Most of Bangladesh is close to sea level and a lot of it floods every year during the rainy season when the rivers overflow. But it also has very good soil for planting crops like rice, tea, and wheat when the water dries up.

The capital of Bangladesh is Dhaka (pronounced DAH-kuh). It is a very big, busy, and crowded city that is found on a river channel near the middle of the country.

Street in Dhaka
Street in Dhaka

Life in Bangladesh

Because many people speak English when doing business, you could probably find someone to ask directions from pretty easily. But the official language of Bangladesh is Bangla (pronounced BANG-gluh), which is also sometimes called Bengali.

But just because you could probably find someone to speak English doesn't mean you could use US dollars to buy a souvenir there. You would have to exchange your money for taka (pronounced TAH-kuh).

Small river in Bangladesh
Small river in Bangladesh

Most people in Bangladesh are very poor and would think of Americans as very rich. Many are farmers that grow their own food to survive, though there are also grocery stores in the cities.

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