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Where is Benin?

map showing the location of Benin

Located in the continent of Africa, Benin covers 110,622 square kilometers of land and 2,000 square kilometers of water, making it the 102nd largest nation in the world with a total area of 112,622 square kilometers.

Benin became an independent state in 1960, after gaining its sovereignty from France. The population of Benin is 9,598,787 (2012) and the nation has a density of 87 people per square kilometer.

The currency of Benin is the CFA Franc BCEAO (XOF). As well, the people of Benin are refered to as Beninese.

The dialing code for the country is 229 and the top level internet domain for Beninese sites is .bj.

Benin shares land borders with 4 countries: Burkina Faso, Niger, Togo, Nigeria.

To learn more, visit our detailed Benin section.

Quick facts

Population 9,598,787
Density 86.8 / km2 ( 224.7 / mi2 )
Language French
Independence Year 1960
Capital Porto-Novo (Queme)
Currency CFA Franc BCEAO
GDP 8,746,992,733 (2014 data)
GDP per Capita 911 (2014 data)
Land Area 110,622 km2 (42,711 mi2)
Water Area 2,000 km2 (772 mi2)
Neighbouring Countries Nigeria, The Niger, Burkina Faso, Togo
Minimum Longitude 0.770
Maximum Longitude 3.850
Mininum Latitude 6.230
Maximum Latitude 12.420

What is the capital of Benin?

map showing the location of Benin
Location of Porto-Novo on a map.

Porto-Novo is the capital city of Benin. It has a population of 234,168, and is located on a latitue of 6.5 and longitude of 2.6.

Porto-Novo is also the political center of Benin, which is considered a Republic, and home to its Executive head of state.

Quick Facts About Porto-Novo, the Capital Of Benin

City Porto-Novo
Country Benin
Population 234,168
Longitude 2.60359000
Latitude 6.49646000
Elevation 20 meters over sea level

Most popular cities in Benin

Rank City Population
#1Cotonou780,000
#2Abomey-Calavi385,755
#3Djougou237,040
#4Porto-Novo234,168
#5Parakou163,753
#6Bohicon125,092
#7Kandi109,701
#8Lokossa86,971
#9Ouidah83,503
#10Abomey82,154
#11Natitingou80,892
#12Save75,970
#13Nikki54,009

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This page was last modified on October 2, 2015.