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Full nameSylhet
সিলেট (Silēţ)
Official nameSylhet City Corporation
Native name langBengali
Settlement typeMetropolis
DivisionSylhet Division
DistrictSylhet District
Metropolitan city status31 March 2009
Sylhet City Corporation9 April 2001
Municipal Board1867
MayorBadar Uddin Ahmed Kamran
Total Area10.2 sq mi (26.50 km2)
Total Population463198 (2008)
Density (pop.)17479/km2 (45270.6/sq mi)
Ethnicity99% Bengali
1% Manipuri, Khasi and others
LanguagesSylheti, Bengali, English
Literacy rate70%
Other information
Time zoneBST (UTC+6)
Post code3100

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Sylhet (Sylheti: সিলট Silôţ, Bengali: সিলেট Sileţ), is a major city in north-eastern Bangladesh. It is the main city of Sylhet Division and Sylhet District, and was granted metropolitan city status in March 2009. Sylhet is located on the banks of the Surma River and is surrounded by the Jaintia, Khasi and Tripura hills. The city is approaching a population of 500,000 people while also having a high population density. It is one of the largest cities in Bangladesh. The Sylhet region is well known for its tea gardens and tropical forests, the city however is currently known for its business boom being one of the richest cities in Bangladesh, with new investments of hotels, shopping malls and luxury housing estates, brought mainly by expatriates living in the United Kingdom.

Sylhet has a history of conquests and heritage from different types of cultures. The city is described as a City of Saints, with the mausoleum of the great saint Hazrat Shah Jalal, who brought Islam to Bengal during the 14th century, being located here. During the next few centuries it was part of the state of Assam during the rule of British India, after independence between India and Pakistan, Sylhet was then part of East Pakistan based on a referendum, and is part of Bangladesh as of today, which also played a major role in the Bangladesh Liberation War during the 1970s.

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