Khulna (Bengali: খুলনা ) is the headquarters of Khulna District and the principal city of Khulna Division. It is located in the southernwest area of Bangladesh and situated on the banks of the Rupsha and Bhairab River. The River port of Khulna is one of the oldest River port in Bangladesh.
Khulna is the 3rd largest city in Bangladesh after Dhaka and Chittagong. Often referred to as Industrial City (Bengali: শিল্প নগরী ), it is one of the important industrial and commercial areas of the country. It has a Sea port named Mongla on its outskirts, 48 km south from Khulna city which is the 2nd seaport (after Chittagong seaport ) in Bangladesh. Khulna is also the gateway of Sundarban (home of Royal Bengal Tiger). Sundarban is referred to as the largest tidal forest in the whole world.
The population of the city (under the jurisdiction of the City Corporation) was 1,000,000 in 2007 estimation. The wider Statistical Metropolitan Area had at the same time an estimated population of 1,435,422.