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The word "Bangla" in Bengali script
|Native to||Bangladesh, India (mainly in West Bengal); significant communities in United Kingdom, United States, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Burma, Canada|
|Native speakers||205 million (2010)|
Bengali alphabet (Brahmic)|
|Official language in||
India (West Bengal, Tripura and Barak Valley) (comprising districts of south Assam- Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi)
Bangla Academy (Bangladesh)|
Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi (West Bengal)
Almost all of the people in Bangladesh speak Bengali, and many famous books and poems are written in Bengali.Rabindranath Tagore was a famous poet who wrote in Bengali. Tagore won the Nobel Prize in Literature. The national anthems of both India and Bangladesh were written in this language.
- Nationalencyklopedin "Världens 100 största språk 2010" The World's 100 Largest Languages in 2010
- "Statistical Summaries". Ethnologue. 2012. http://www.ethnologue.com/ethno_docs/distribution.asp?by=size. Retrieved 2012-05-23.
- "Statement by Hon'ble Foreign Minister on Second Bangladesh-India Track II dialogue at BRAC Centre on 07 August, 2005". Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Bangladesh. http://www.mofa.gov.bd/statements/fm39.htm. Retrieved 2008-05-27.