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Bangladesh

Bangladesh has the same area as the former German Democratic Republic but ten times the population.

date of entry 29/11/2005
mileage 512,485

capital Dhaka

area 147.570 km²

population 161.000.000

GDP 113,0 Bill. US-Dollar

official language Bengalese

Otto covered around 1,000 kilometres in Bangladesh, and spent much of the time crawling through gridlocked traffic. Bangladesh is a very crowded place, Gunther says. This is particularly true of the capital, Dhaka: "The word full simply doesn’t do it justice." He and Christine saw at first hand what overpopulation means: individuals struggle to survive, and even children have to work hard for a living.
  • This cow dung, plastered on a tree to dry, will be used as fuel for cooking.
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  • This sign pointing to the capital, Dhaka, is written in Latin, Bengali and Hindu scripts
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  • Bangladesh is one of the world’s most densely populated countries. "It’s about the same area as the former East Germany," Gunther says, "but the population is ten times bigger."
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  • Rickshaws have always been the way best way of getting around in the crowded streets.
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  • Friday prayer in Dhaka: ninety percent of Bangladeshis are Muslims.
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  • The morning rush hour. Gunther says the ferries shuttling across Bangladesh’s rivers were always overloaded …
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  • … and so were the trucks in the streets. He was full of admiration for Bangladeshi people’s ingenuity when it came to loading vehicles.
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  • Child labour was a common sight …
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  • ... this brick factory on the outskirts of Dhaka being one example.
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  • Breaking stones for use on the roads.
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  • Coal imported from India. The trucks are loaded and unloaded entirely by hand.
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  • Video: Bangladesh - a land of extremes

Otto was here before ...

India

date of entry 06 December 2005
mileage 513,734

Pakistan

date of entry 29 January 2006
mileage 524,883

United Arab Emirates

date of entry 04 March 2006
mileage 529,850

Saudi Arabia

date of entry 23 April 2006
mileage 530,545

Bahrain / Qatar

date of entry 23 April 2006
mileage 530,705

Saudi Arabia

date of entry 27 April 2006
mileage 531,656

Jordan

date of entry 29 April 2006
mileage 533,292

Syria

date of entry 30 April 2006
mileage 533,572

Turkey

date of entry 03 May 2006
mileage 534,522