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Location of Khulna in Bangladesh
|• Total||4,389.11 km2 (1,694.64 sq mi)|
|Population (2011 census)|
|• Density||530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||BST (UTC+6)|
Khulna District (Bengali: খুলনা জেলা, Khulna Jela also Khulna Zila) is a district of Bangladesh. It is located in the Khulna Division. It is bordered on the north by the Jessore District and the Narail District, on the south by the Bay of Bengal, on the east by the Bagerhat District, and on the west by the Satkhira District.
Khulna is named after a goddess of the Hindu religion, Khulleshwari. In 1947, the district of Khulna had a slight Hindu majority of 52% but was included in Pakistan rather than India (see Radcliffe Line). Now the district's total population is about 80% Muslim. Now it is the third largest district in Bangladesh.
Khulna District has a total area of 4,389.11 square kilometres (1,694.64 sq mi). It borders Jessore District to the north, Narail District to the northeast, Bagerhat District to the east, the Bay of Bengal to the south, and Satkhira District to the west.
Khulna District (Zila) is divided into 9 upazilas and 8 metropolitan thanas (the latter forming the Khulna city area).
Khulna is a port city. It is the most rapidly increasing city in the south. Mongla is the major sea port of the country. In Daulatpur there are several jute mills. By road, railway and riverway it is connected to other parts of the country. This infrastructure plays a vital role in the city's economy, which also depends upon fishing and salt industries. Khulna has a newsprint mill that will about reopen in the near future. The Khulna shipyard receives limited support from the Bangladesh Navy by building small, ocean-going ships. The Khulna textile and hardboard mills will reopen soon under private ownership.
Khulna is under the jurisdiction of the Jessore Education Board. This board varies the SSC and HSC standard.
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