Bangladeshi Culture

Population Statistics

Bangladesh

Population

156,186,882

[July 2016 est.]

Language

Bengali 98.8%
Other 1.2%

[2011 est.]

Religion

Islam 89.1%
Hinduism 10.0%
Other 0.9%

[2013 est.]

Ethnicity

Bengali 98.0%

[Census, 2011]

Critics claim the 2011 Census underestimates the size of Bangladesh's minorities. The Bangladeshi government recognises 50 groups but not does recognize the concept of indigenous peoples. Other sources estimate there are about 75 minority groups.

Cultural Dimensions

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Australians with Bangladeshi Ancestry

39,566 
[Census, 2016]

Bangladeshi in Australia

Population

41,237

[Census, 2016]

This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Bangladesh.

Median Age

34

[Census, 2016]

Gender

Male 55.4%
Female 44.6%

[Census, 2016]

Religion

Islam 81.2%
Hinduism 6.8%
Catholic Christianity 1.6%
No Religion 3.3%
Other Religion 1.8%
Not Stated 5.0%

[Census, 2016]

Ancestry

Bangladeshi 66.4%
Bengali 16.6%
Indian 4.2%
Australian 3.1%
Other Ancestry 9.7%

[Census, 2016]

Language Spoken at Home

Bengali 92.2%
English 5.7%
Rohingya 0.4%
Other Languages 1.7%

Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 92.8% speak English fluently.

[Census, 2016]

Diaspora

New South Wales 58.7%
Victoria 19.0%
Queensland 6.7%
Western Australia 6.3%
Other 9.3%

[Census, 2016]

Arrival to Australia

Prior to 2007 41.6%
2007 - 2011 27.6%
2011 - 2016 28.9%

[Census, 2016]

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