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      Introduction: Bangla Speakers World-wide (with maps of Bangla Diaspora):

      Bangla, the dominant language of West Bengal in India and the national language of Bangladesh, is spoken by appoximately 250 million people throughout the world.

      Bangla Speakers in West Bengal : Bangla is spoken by 80221000 (2001 Census) people in West Bengal .

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      Bangla Speakers in India :

     Bangla Speakers in Bangladesh : According to the Census –2001, 140400000 people speak Bangla in Bagladesh .

      Bilingualism with Bangla figures : The number of bilingual Bangla spakers in West Bengal is 9109454 which is 13.09 % of the total Bangla speaking

      Population in the state.

      Demographic Information (2001 Census) Population Statistics

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a. Total Population in West Bengal: 80221171

b. Male-Female Ratio: Male—41487694 (Rural—29606028, Urban—11881666), Female—38733477 (Rural—28128662, Urban—10604815)

c. Decadal Variation: Decimal Growth Rate from 1991-2001= 17.84% (Rural—16.94%, Urban—20.20%) See Chart for more information (File name ‘Decadal Variation’).

d. Age-divisions:

e. Literacy: Total—47821757, Male—27784750, Female—20037007, Rural—31255033 (Male—18480653, Female—12774380), Urban—16566724 (Male—9304097, Female—7262627); Percentile Representation— 69.22% (Rural—64.06%, Urban—81.63%; Male—77.53%, Female—60.22%)(these figures exclude 0-6 Population),

f. Income:

g. Occupations:

h. Density: 904 per square Kilometer (Rural—676/sq. Km, 6798/sq Km)

i. Religious Groups:

j. Urban-Rural divide: Total Population— Rural=57734690 (71.97%), Urban=22486481 (28.03%); Literacy— Rural= 31255033 (Male—18480653, Female—12774380), Urban—16566724 (Male—9304097, Female—7262627)

k. Urban Areas:

l. Sex Ratio: Male:Female=1000:934, Rural—Male:Female=1000:950, Urban—Male:Female=1000:893

m. Number of Bengali Speakers in West Bengal= 80221000 (2001)

n. Number of Bengali Speakers in Bangladesh=140400000 (2001)

o. Bilingualism:

    Number of Bilingual Bengali Speakers=9109454 (13.09%)

 

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