The word "Bangla" in Bengali script
|Native to||Bangladesh, India (mainly in West Bengal); significant communities in United Kingdom, United States, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Burma, Canada|
|Native speakers||205 million (2010)|
|Writing system||Bengali alphabet (Brahmic)
|Official language in|| Bangladesh,
India (West Bengal, Tripura and Barak Valley) (comprising districts of south Assam- Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi)
|Regulated by||Bangla Academy (Bangladesh)
Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi (West Bengal)
Bengali is the most eastern Indo-Iranian language from South Asia, coming from Pali. It is spoken in both Bangladesh and in the Republic of India. Almost all of the people in Bangladesh speak Bengali, but in India it is spoken in the state of West Bengal, Tripura, East part of Jharkhand and Assam as well as the provincial region.
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