10 Facts About West Bengal

1. In 2005 West Bengal had 505 published newspapers, of which 389 were in Bengali.

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2. As of 2011, West Bengal had a population density of 1,029 inhabitants per square kilometre making it the second-most densely populated state in India, after Bihar.

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3. Economy of West Bengal has witnessed many twists and turns.

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4. As of 2017, West Bengal is divided into 23 districts.

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5. Prior to this, West Bengal was ruled by the Left Front for 34 years, making it the world's longest-running democratically elected communist government.

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6. Some areas of West Bengal were invaded by Rajendra Chola I of the Chola dynasty between 1021 and 1023.

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7. The first recorded independent king of West Bengal was Shashanka, who reigned in the early 7thcentury.

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8. One of the earliest foreign references to West Bengal is a mention by the Ancient Greeks around 100BCE of a land named Gangaridai, which was located at the mouths of the Ganges.

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9. In 2011 the Government of West Bengal proposed a change in the official name of the state to PaschimBanga.

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10. Economy of West Bengal is the sixth-largest state economy in India with 10.49 lakh crore in gross domestic product and a per capita GDP of 108,000 (US$1,500).

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