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Bangladesh's Country Information

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Name : Bangladesh
Official Name : People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Capital : Dhaka
Climate : Tropical; cool, dry winter (October to March); hot, humid summer (March to June); cool, rainy monsoon (June to October)
Race : 98% Bengali, 0.2% Biharis, tribals less than 1 million
Language : Bengali, English
Official Language : Bengali
Religion : 88.3% Muslim, 10.5% Hindu, 1.2% other.
Government : Republic
Population (in mil) : 127.2
Literacy Rate : 38.1%
Visas : Visas are valid for six months from the date of issue and are good for stays of one or three months
Immunisations : Cholera, dysentery, hepatitis, malaria and meningococcal meningitis
Time : GMT/UTC +6hours
Electricity : 220 volts, 50Hz
Weights & Measures : Metric
Currency : Taka
Travellers Cheque : Travellers cheques and cash in US dollars are widely accepted.
Credit Cards : Credit cards are widely accepted at restaurants, hotels and guest houses in Dhaka and Chittagong.
Amex cardholders can get a cash advance with their card.
Tipping : Tipping or baksheesh is customary in the country.
Waiters in Dhaka restaurants may expect a 5% tip.
Bargaining : Bargaining is a way of life in Bangladesh.
Travellers can begin the bargain by offering half the original price and work up.