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Bangladesh: Difference between "division" and "district" and whether they are interchangeable

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 September 1998
Citation / Document Symbol BGD29985.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Bangladesh: Difference between "division" and "district" and whether they are interchangeable, 1 September 1998, BGD29985.E, available at: [accessed 21 January 2018]
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The Statistical Handbook of Bangladesh 1996 states that for administrative purposes, Bangladesh is divided into six Divisions, each of which is headed by a Divisional Commissioner. Under the 6 Divisions are 64 Districts, which are administered by Deputy Commissioners, aided by Additional Deputy Commissioners. Each District has a Zila Parishad headed by a Chairman. Each District is also subdivided into Thanas, which are headed by Thana Nirbahi Officers (Jan. 1997, 29).

The 1992 edition of Encyclopedia of the Third World states that at the local government level, the basic administrative units are as follows, in descending order: division, district, subdistrict, thana, union parishad and village (117).

Additional information on local government can be found in BGD21350.E of 6 October 1995.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. January 1997. Statistical Handbook of Bangladesh 1996. Dhaka: Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

Encyclopedia of the Third World. 1992. 4th ed. Vol. 1. Edited by George Thomas Kurian. New York: Facts on File.

Additional Sources Consulted

Baxter, Craig and Syedur Rahman. 1996. Historical Dictionary of Bangladesh.

The Europa World Year Book 1998. 1998. 39th ed. Vol. 1. London: Europa Publications.

Political Handbook of the World 1997. 1998.

Society for Environment and Human Development (SEHD). 1995. Handbook on election reporting: tips, background and relevant information to help cover the sixth parliamentary elections, Bangladesh = Reporter's guide.

     Electronic sources: IRB Databases.

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