by Ariana Franco

Population Pyramids

Cultural Traits

The official language is Bangla ( also knowns as bengali )

The population is 158.2 million

Major religions - Muslim 83%, Hindu 16%, other 1%

Major ethnic groups - Bengali 98%, tribal groups, non-Bengali Muslims, other, 2%

Rich, diverse culture. Deeply rooted heritage is shown in architecture, dance, literature, music, painting and clothing.

One of the most important festivals that are held is for Bengali New Year

Some customs are very old and even as ancient as prehistoric

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Bangladesh's is a developing country that is being hurt by malnutrition, underemployment, and an increasing birth rate with scarce resources and exportable goods. These problems can be outcomes from severe flooding and other weather related problems.

During the mid-1900s the economy went down, mostly the textile industry. One quarter of its 2,000 factories were shut down. Although in the late 1900s a new export was introduced- cotton clothing. This new export moved the economy upwards.

This new export may effect the culture of Bangladesh in a way that involves how they dress. Bangladeshi women wear Sarees that are made out of an expensive ornamental fabric called Moslin- a fine and artistic type of cloth, well-known worldwide. Naksi Kantha, embroidered quilted patchwork cloth made by village women, is still familiar in villages and towns simultaneously. Bangladesh males traditionally wear Panjabis, Fatuas and Pajamas. With cotton now available and south Asia becoming more American-like, their clothing may be affected because there will then be more styles made from cotton just as most clothes are made in America.