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10 March, 2021updated 29 Oct 2021 17:52

Investing in Bangladesh: what you need to know

All of the key data and information needed when considering investing in Bangladesh.

By Carmen

As of 2021, Bangladesh has a population of 166.3 million, making it the eighth largest country in the world by this measure. There are 50.5% males and 49.5% females.

There are 67.1 million people employed in Bangladesh, with an unemployment rate of 4.5% – 3 million people.


Bangladesh is the 166th largest economy in the world with a GDP of $331.2bn. Bangladesh’s GDP has grown by 189% between 2010 and 2021 and is expected to grow by 34% by 2025.

As of 2018 there were 3.2 million students in tertiary education in Bangladesh, with 15.9 million students in secondary and 17.3 million in primary education. Bangladesh spent 1.9% of its GDP on education in 2019.

Bangladesh ranked 168th in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report (2020). In the 2019 report it finished 176th. In the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report (2019), Bangladesh finished 105th, after ranking 105th in 2018.

Public healthcare expenditure totalled $1.1bn and private healthcare expenditure equalled $5bn in 2018.

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