Khulna is the third largest city in Bangladesh. It is located on the banks of the Rupsha and Bhairab rivers in Khulna District. It is the divisional headquarters of Khulna Division and a major industrial and commercial center. It has a seaport named Mongla on its outskirts, 38 km from Khulna City.The wider Statistical Metropolitan Area had at the same time an estimated population of 1,435,422.
The city is 333 km southwest of Bangladesh's capital Dhaka, to which it is connected by air, road, train and water transportation. The steamer fleet for this route includes the ancient ships Tern (1912), Osrich and Lepcha.Khulna is located in south-western Bangladesh with a total area of 59.57 Square Kilometer,while the district itself is about 4394.46 Square Kilometer. It lies south of Jessore and Narail, East of Satkhira, West of Bagerhat and North of the Bay of Bengal. It is part of the largest delta in the World. In the southern part of the delta lies the Sundarban, the world's largest mangrove forest.