Kolkata is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. It is the prime business, commercial, and financial hub of eastern India and the main port of communication for the North-East Indian states, as well as having the third-largest urban economy of India.
The Port of Kolkata is India's oldest operating port and its sole major river port. Kolkata is known as the "cultural capital of India" for the city's historical and architectural significance.
Kolkata is rated Gamma + by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. Gamma level cities are cities that link smaller economic regions into the world economy.
Kolkata has a population of over 4,486,679 people. Kolkata also forms part of the wider Kolkata metropolitan area which has a population of over 14,850,000 people.
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