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Benin

Official English Name: Republic of Benin

Official Local Name(s): République du Bénin

Common English Name: Benin

Capital: Porto Novo

REGION
West Africa
NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES
Togo (West)
Burkina Faso (Northwest)
Niger (North)
Nigeria (East)
NEIGHBORING BODIES OF WATER
Atlantic Ocean (South)
TOTAL AREA
112,622 km2 (98.2% land, 1.8% water)
TOTAL LAND BOUNDARIES
2,123 km
TOTAL COASTLINE
121 km
CLIMATE
Tropical in the south
Semiarid in the north
TERRAIN
Mostly flat plains
Some hills and low mountains
HIGHEST POINT
Mont Sokbaro (1,230 m)
LOWEST POINT
Sea Level
NATURAL RESOURCES
Limestone
Marble
Timber
Oil
NATURAL DISASTERS
Hot, dry, dusty harmattan winds
DEMONYM
Beninese
LARGEST ETHNIC GROUPS
Fon (39.2%)
Adja (15.2%)
Yoruba (12.3%)
Bariba (9.2%)
Peulh (7%)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE(S)
French
OTHER MAJOR LANGUAGE(S)
Fon
Yoruba
LARGEST RELIGIOUS GROUPS
Catholic (27.1%)
Muslim (24.4%)
Vodoun (17.3%)
Protestant (10.4%)
POPULATION
10,741,458
LARGEST CITY
Cotonou (818,100)
OTHER MAJOR CITIES
Porto Novo (234,300)
Parakou (227,900)
Bohicon (164,700)
Kandi (149,900)
Abomey (126,800)
GOVERNMENT TYPE
Republic
HEAD OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT
President Patrice Talon
ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS
12 Departments
INDEPENDENCE GAINED
1 August 1960 (from France)
NATIONAL SYMBOL
Leopard
NATIONAL ANTHEM
L’Aube Nouvelle
GDP PER CAPITA
$2,100 (USD)
CURRENCY
CFA (West African CFA Franc)
EXCHANGE RATE
$1 (USD) = CFA602.07
INTERNET COUNTRY CODE
.bj
TELEPHONE COUNTRY CODE
+229

In rural areas, people believe that twins and deformed babies are the results of sorcery.

If somebody points their finger at you, they’re telling you to be careful.

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/be.html (Majority of information)

http://benin.opendataforafrica.org/data#region=BJ-KO (City population data)

Wolfram|Alpha (Currency exchange data)

Information accurate to best of ability as of 27 October 2016