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WAB-Bangladesh Country Strategy 2006-2011

Bangladesh has a population of 144 million living in an area of 147,570 square kilometres. The rate of population growth fell from 2.5 to1.6% in the 1997-01 period, although that of the urban population has increased from 6% to 21% between 1961 and 2001. An estimate puts the total population at 181 million by 2025 with 41% living in the urban areas - nearly half of them poor and without services. .


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