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Living in Bangladesh

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 25, 2023

Summary: People describe life in Bangladesh as vibrant and full of culture. Expats love the friendly people, the delicious food, and the low cost of living. The average cost of living for an expat is around $500-$1000 per month, depending on lifestyle. The population of Bangladesh is approximately 166 million people, and the largest cities are Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi, and Sylhet. The cons of living in Bangladesh include the high levels of air pollution, the lack of reliable public transportation, and the lack of access to quality healthcare. Additionally, the country is prone to natural disasters such as floods and cyclones.

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What do I need to know about living in Bangladesh?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Bangladesh, they said:

"Before retiring in Bangladesh, expats should research the cost of living in the country and the availability of healthcare services. It is also important to familiarize oneself with the local culture and customs, as well as the language. Additionally, expats should consider the safety and security of the area they plan to retire in, and make sure to obtain the necessary visas and permits. Finally, expats should consider the climate of Bangladesh and the availability of recreational activities," said one expat in Bangladesh.

"Without basic Bengali language skills you will be lost, it's nothing like Dhaka. (it's better)," said one expat who made the move to Sylhet.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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