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Bangladesh Divisions, Districts and Upazilas

Bangladesh Divisions, Districts and Upazilas

Bangladesh is subdivided into administrative divisions. Bangladesh is divided into seven administrative divisions, each named after their respective divisional headquarters: Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna, Barisal, Rajshahi, Sylhet and Rangpur.

Divisions are subdivided into districts. There are 64 districts in Bangladesh, each further subdivided into upazila(subdistricts)or thana. The area within each police station, except for those in metropolitan areas, is divided into several unions, with each union consisting of multiple villages. In the metropolitan areas, police stations are divided into wards, which are further divided into mahallas. There are no elected officials at the divisional, district or upazila levels, and the administration is composed only of government officials. Direct elections are held for each union (or ward), electing a chairperson and a number of members. In 1997, a parliamentary act was passed to reserve three seats (out of twelve) in every union for female candidates.
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Dhaka is the capital and largest city of Bangladesh. Other major cities include Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Barisal, Bogra, Comilla, Mymensingh and Rangpur. These cities have mayor elections, while other municipalities elect a chairperson. Mayors and chairpersons are elected for a span of five years.

The population statistics of Bangladesh Divisons:

Division name city population metro population
(2008 estimate)
Dhaka 7000940 12797394
Chittagong 2579107 3858093
Khulna 855650 1388425
Rajshahi 472775 775495
Sylhet 463198
Barisal 210374
Rangpur 251699

The divisions of Bangladesh are divided into 64 districts or zila. The districts are further subdivided into 493 sub-districts, or upazila.

The district are run by a Deputy Commissioner popular name is “DC” is appointed by the government from a deputy secretary of B.C.S. Administration Cadre. The districts are listed below in alphabetical order by division. The official English name of each district is followed by the official Bengali name in parentheses, using both the Bengali script and Romanization adopted for Wikipedia.

Name of the Bangladesh Division’s:

Dhaka Division

Chittagong Division

Barisal Division

Khulna Division

Rajshashi Division

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