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Society, Culture & Lifestyle
Apart from the obvious religious differences, Bangladesh does not differ markedly from the culture found in the Indian state of Bangal (West Bengal). Centuries of isolation, even when foreign powers ruled, have produced people, customs and values that are typically Bengali in nature. At the heart of things, Bangladeshis are warm, hospitable and exceedingly helpful. If you find yourself in a jam don't be surprised by the Bangladeshis who will go out of their way to help you; as one traveller commented, you are not just a tourist but an honoured guest. Many people see it as a duty to assist a visitor to their country.
More than 80% people of the population live in rural villages. Even for the city dwellers, there is a strong connection to home village. Most earn their living from the land, either by farming their own, which is becoming less common as the population increase, or by working for someone else. Rural lives are bounded by dependency; on the elders of the family, on the employer of village patron, or on some other authority figure.