It is also a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Developing 8 Countries, the OIC, the Non Aligned Movement, the Group of 77 and the World Trade Organization.Bangladesh is one of the largest contributors to United Nations peacekeeping forces.Bangladesh forms the largest and easternmost part of the Bengal region.The politically dominant Bengali Muslims make the nation the world's third largest Muslim-majority country.Nepal, Bhutan and China are located near Bangladesh but do not share a border with it.
It shares land borders with India and Myanmar (Burma).
The etymology of Bangladesh (Country of Bengal) can be traced to the early 20th century, when Bengali patriotic songs, such as Namo Namo Namo Bangladesh Momo by Kazi Nazrul Islam and Aaji Bangladesher Hridoy by Rabindranath Tagore, used the term.
The term Bangladesh was often written as two words, Bangla Desh, in the past.
Starting in the 1950s, Bengali nationalists used the term in political rallies in East Pakistan.
The term Bangla is a major name for both the Bengal region and the Bengali language.
Archaeological research has unearthed several ancient cities in Bangladesh, which enjoyed international trade links for millennia.