There is a friendship link with the Sylhet region of Bangladesh rather than full town twinning. A friendship link is less formal and is community led. The link was established in 1988 when the District Council supported a housing project in Sylhet as part of the International Year of Shelter for the Homeless. Sylhet was chosen because it is the area of origin for the largest ethnic minority group in St Albans.
Sylhet is located in the north east of Bangladesh and is the second largest economically prosperous area in the country. There are famous tea gardens connected with Asam and Darjeeling tea. The Mausoleum of Shah Jalal and Shaheed Minar are of historical significance.