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Location:  Southern Asia, bordering the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and India
Geographic Coordinates:   24 00 N, 90 00 E
Area:   143,998 sq km (land: 130,168 sq km water: 13,830 sq km)
Climate:  Tropical; mild winter (October to March); hot, humid summer (March to June); humid, warm rainy monsoon (June to October)
Languages:  Bangla (official, also known as Bengali), English
Population:  163,654,860 (July 2013 est.)
Capital:  Dhaka
Religion:  Muslim 89.5%, Hindu 9.6%, other 0.9% (2004)
Ethnic Groups:  Bengali 98%, other 2% (includes tribal groups, non-Bengali Muslims) (1998)
Independence:  16 December 1971 (from West Pakistan)

Source:  CIA Factbook