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Bangladesh

With just over 160 million inhabitants and a landmass of 147,570 square kilometres, Bangladesh is among the most densely populated countries in the world. In the past decade, the economy has maintained an impressive track record of almost 6% growth per year, with human development proceeding hand-in-hand with economic growth. Poverty has dropped by nearly a third, while life expectancy, literacy, and per capita food intake have all increased. More than 15 million Bangladeshis have moved out of poverty since 1992. Despite this strong achievement, around 44 million people are still below the poverty line and 37 million people – a quarter of the population – are food insecure. The increased frequency of natural disasters, such as cyclones, floods and drought, is likely to undermine poverty reduction efforts. (Sources: UNICEF 2016; UNDP 2016)

total population (thousands)
160,996
GNI per capita
1080$
Life expectancy at birth
72 years
Human Development Index
142 (out of 188)
Under-5 mortality rate
38‰
Primary school net enrolment
95%
Adult HIV prevalence (% of the population)
< 0.1%
People of all ages living with HIV (thousands)
9
improved access to safe water (% of the population)
87%
moderate-severe underweight (% children under-5)
33%

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