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West Bengal . India

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Capital - Kolkata

No. of Districts - 23

Population - 91,276,115

Area - 88,752 sqkm

Pop. Density - 1,029/km2 (2,670/sq mi)

GDP - 14.70 lakh crore (US$210 billion)

Literacy Rate - 76.3%

Gender Ratio - 953

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About - West Bengal

West Bengal is a state located in the eastern part of India. Here are some key facts about West Bengal:

  1. Capital: The capital of West Bengal is Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), which is also the largest city in the state.

  2. Population: With over 91 million people, West Bengal is the fourth most populous state in India as of the latest data.

  3. Geography: West Bengal is bordered by the countries of Bangladesh to the east, and Nepal and Bhutan to the north. To the west, it shares borders with the Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand, and to the south, it is bounded by the Bay of Bengal.

  4. Language: Bengali is the official language of West Bengal and is widely spoken by the majority of the population.

  5. Economy: The economy of West Bengal is diverse, with agriculture, manufacturing, and services sectors contributing significantly. Kolkata serves as a major hub for trade and commerce in eastern India.

  6. Culture: West Bengal has a rich cultural heritage, with contributions to literature, art, music, and cinema. It is the birthplace of renowned figures like Rabindranath Tagore, Satyajit Ray, and Amartya Sen.

  7. Politics: West Bengal has a vibrant political landscape. The state has seen dominance by the Left Front for several decades followed by the rise of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) led by Mamata Banerjee, who served as the Chief Minister since 2011 until the most recent data.

  8. Tourism: West Bengal is home to several tourist attractions, including the Sundarbans mangrove forest (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Darjeeling tea gardens, Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge, and numerous historical temples and monuments.

  9. Education: West Bengal has a relatively high literacy rate compared to the national average, with significant contributions to education and research from institutions like the University of Calcutta, Jadavpur University, and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta.

  10. Transportation: Kolkata, the capital city, is well-connected by air, rail, and road networks. It serves as a major transportation hub for the region, with the Kolkata Port being one of the oldest and busiest ports in India.

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