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Spread of the Bengali language

This smaller map removes the countries where Bengali is dominant. This map therefore only shows 0.3% of all speakers of Bengali. The territories omitted are India and Bangladesh.

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The name Bengali (or Bangla) is derived from the area of Bengal, which is made up of what is now Bangladesh, and also West Bengal in India. It is believed to have evolved from the Sanskrit, Pali, and Prakrit languages, becoming a distinct language around 1000 CE. There are around 208 million speakers, in at least 11 territories.

Territory size shows the proportion of all people who speak Bengali as a first language that live in that territory.

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