|State of India|
|Nickname(s): বাংলা, বঙ্গ|
A map showing us where the location of West Bengal is in India
Map of West Bengal
|Established||1 November 1956|
| • Governor||Kesari Nath Tripathi|
| • Chief Minister||Mamata Banerjee|
| • Legislature||* seats)|
| • Total||88,752 km2 (34,267 sq mi)|
| • Total||91,347,736|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+05:30)|
|Official languages||Bengali · Nepali · only for Darjeeling district,English|
|^* 294 elected, 1 nominated|
West Bengal (Bengali: পশ্চিমবঙ্গ is a state in India. It is in the eastern part of the country. West Bengal is the fourth most populous state in India. It is also the seventh most populous sub-national entity in the world. West Bengal is the sixth largest contributor to India's GDP.
Both West Bengal and Bangladesh are parts of historical and geographic region of Bengal. Kolkata is the capital city of West Bengal. In 2001, 80,221,171 people lived in West Bengal. With an area of 34,267 mi² (88,752 km²), it is bigger than Serbia but smaller than Jordan. In traditional Indian geography it falls under the East Indian zone.
West Bengal has a tropical climate, so it is very hot and humid in summer and cool in winter. The people who live here are called Bengalis. Bengalis also live in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a country to the east of West Bengal