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West Bengal

West Bengal
পশ্চিমবঙ্গ
State
Official seal of West Bengal
Seal
Location of West Bengal in India
Location of West Bengal in India
Country India
Established 26 January 1950
Capital Kolkata
Largest city /
Largest metro
Kolkata
Districts 20
Government
 • Body Government of West Bengal
 • Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi
 • Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (TMC)
 • Legislature West Bengal Legislative Assembly (295 seats)
 • High Court Calcutta High Court
Area
 • Total 88,752 km2 (34,267 sq mi)
Area rank 14th
Population (2011)
 • Total 91,347,736
 • Rank 4th
 • Density 1,000/km2 (2,700/sq mi)
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)
ISO 3166 code IN-WB
HDI Increase 0.509 (medium)
HDI rank 9th (2011)
Literacy 77.08%
Official language Bengali and English
Website wb.gov.in
^* 294 elected, 1 nominated

West Bengal (/wɛst bɛŋˈɡɔːl/; Bengali: পশ্চিমবঙ্গ, Pôshcimbônggô, /pɔʃtʃimbɔŋɡɔ/) is an Indian state, located in East India on the Bay of Bengal. It is India's fourth-most populous state, with over 91 million inhabitants. It has a total area of 34,267 sq mi (88,750 km2), making it similar in size to Serbia. A part of the ethno-linguistic Bengal region, it borders Bangladesh in the east and Nepal and Bhutan in the north. It also has borders with five Indian states, including Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Sikkim and Assam.

The state capital is Kolkata (Calcutta), the third-largest city in India. The geography of West Bengal includes the Darjeeling Himalayan hill region in its extreme north, the Ganges delta, the Rarh region and the coastal Sundarbans. The main ethnic group are the Bengali people, with Bengali Hindus forming the demographic majority.


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