West Bengal

West Bengal is situated in eastern India and shares its borders with Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Sikkim and Assam. Location advantage makes the state a traditional market for eastern India, the Northeast, Nepal and Bhutan. It is also a strategic entry point for markets in South-East Asia. Major stretches of the golden quadrilateral project also pass through the northern districts of the state. At current prices, gross state domestic product (GSDP) of West Bengal is estimated at INR 10.21 trillion (USD 158.40 billion) in 2017-18. The average annual GSDP growth rate from 2011-12 to 2017-18 was about 11.88 percent. The state (including Sikkim and Andaman & Nicobar Islands) has attracted Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) equity inflows worth USD 5.38 billion during the period April 2000 to December 2018, according to data released by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).

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Capital: Kolkata
Geographical Area (sq km): 88, 752
Literacy rate: 77.1 Per cent
State Language: Bengali, Nepali Hindi, and English

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