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Khulna District (khulna division) area 4395 sq km, located in between 21°41′ and 23°00′ north latitudes and in between 89°14′ and 89°45′ east longitudes. It is bounded by jessore and narail districts on the north, bay of bengal on the south, bagerhat district on the east, satkhira district on the west.

Population Total 2378971; male 1244226, female 1134745; Muslim 1821119, Hindu 540693, Buddhist 15818, Christian 289 and others 1052.

Water bodies Main rivers: rupsa (Bhairab), Arpangachhia, shibsa, pasur, Koyra.

Administration Khulna district was established in 1882. Khulna Paurasabha was declared on 12 December 1884 and it was up graded into a Municipal Corporation on 12 December 1984. Khulna City Corporation was declared on 6 August 1990

District
Area (sq km) Upazila Municipality Union Mouza Village Population Density (per sq km) Literacy rate (%)
Urban Rural
4395 9 2 74 759 1119 1284208 1094763 541 57.81
City Corporation
City corporation Metropolitan thana Ward Mahalla
1 5 31 181
Khulna Metropolitan Thana
Name of Metropolitan thana and GO code Area
(sq km)
Ward and union Mahalla
and Mouza
Population Density
(per sq km)
Literacy rate (%)
Kotwali 51 9.45 9 63 250651 26524 72.86
Khan Jahan Ali 48 28.95 2 4 108317 3742 71.30
Khalishpur 45 11.47 10 41 235018 20490 73.72
Daulatpur 21 11.81 6 34 118380 10024 66.85
Sonadanga 85 8.42 7 42 172079 20437 68.91
Others Information of District
Name of Upazila Area
(sq km)
Municipality Union Mouza Village Population Density
(per sq km)
Literacy rate (%)
Koyra 1775.41 7 72 131 192534 108 44.46
Dumuria 454.23 14 203 237 279862 616 48.66
Terokhada 189.48 6 31 96 110628 584 45.06
Dacope 991.57 10 26 107 157489 159 49.34
Dighalia 77.71 1 4 30 42 120782 1565 55.15
Paikgachha 411.20 1 10 171 212 248112 603 45.84
Phultala 56.83 4 18 29 76941 1654 57.97
Batiaghata 248.32 7 132 169 140574 566 52.97
Rupsa 120.15 5 64 78 167604 1395 54.68

Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

Historical events About 600 years ago Pir (saint) Khan Jahan Ali came to this district to preach Islam. He, for the first time, established settlements in the Sundarnbans area and established his control over the region having his seat in Bagerhat. Mahatma Gandhi visited Khalishpur of the district to invigorate Swadeshi Movement.

Marks of the War of Liberation Mass killing site 3; memorial monument 5, memorial sculpture 1 (Bir Bangali).

Literacy rate and educational institutions Average literacy 57.81%; male 63.26%, female 51.83% Educational institutions: university 6, medical college 1, homeopathic college 1, college 27, art college 1, polytechnic institute 6, secondary school 50. Noted educational institutions: khulna university of engineering and technology (1969), university of khulna (1991), Khulna Medical College (1992), Khulna Homeopathic Medical College, Darul Ihsan University (1989), Asian University of Bangladesh (1996), Azam Khan Commerce College, Brajalal College, Government Pioneer Mahila College, Government Sundarban Adarsha College (1969), Kopotakkho College (1984), Zobeda Khanam Mahila Degree College (1996), Hazi Mohammad Mohsin College, Khulna City Corporation Collegiate School, Khulna Zila School (1885), St. Joseph’s High School, Coronation Government Secondary School, Tutpara Model Government Primary School (1896), Koyra Madinabad High School, Sundarban Secondary School, Victoria Infant Primary School, Khulna Alia Madrasa.

Newspapers and periodicals Daily: Tribiun, Janmobhumi, Purbanchal, Probaho, Anirban, Janabarta, Tatthya, Rajpather Dabi, Satya Khabar, Hizbullah, Pathaker Kagoz, Juger Sathi, Kalantor, Viswabarta and Mail (present); Periodicals: Purushottomadyuti, Shikar and literary periodical Padatik (present); Weekly: Khulna, Janoveri, Padoddhoni, Rupsa, Chhayapath, Ganobani; Periodicals: Agami, Ityadi and Deshkal (defunct).

Main sources of income Agriculture 34.90%, non-agricultural labourer 6.22%, industry 3.51%, commerce 19.60%, transport and communication 5.17%, service 18.27%, construction 1.99%, religious service 0.21%, rent and remittance 0.78% and others 9.35%.

Folk culture Folk songs including Jari, Sari, Kirtan, Gazir Gan, Halui Gan, Manasha Bhasan, Bhati Pujargan etc are notable. Folk games and sports still prevalent in the district include Kabadi or Ha-du-du,Gollachhut, horse race, Kanamachhi, Lathikhela (playing with sticks), wrestling, Danguti, Boat race, Baghbandhi, Jor Bijor, etc. Dramas are also performed by various theatre groupsS.

Important installations or tourist spots the sundarbans, Khulna Shipyard, Khulna Stadium, Khulna Circuit House, Khulna District Court, Khulna Hadis Park, Central Jail, Khan Jahan Ali Bridge (Rupsa Bridge), Khulna Hardboard Mill, Khulna Paper Mill, Khalishpur Wonderland Shishu Park, Jahanabad Cantonment Zoo, etc.

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