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Benin Facts

  • Name: Benin
    (long form) Republic of Benin
  • Capital City: Porto-Novo (223,552 pop.)
  • Benin Population: 9,877,292 (2013 est.)
  • World Populations (all countries)
  • Currency: West African CFA franc
    (conversion rates)

    West African CFA franc
    5000 West African CFA francs
  • Ethnicity: Fon and related 39.2%, Adja and related 15.2%, Yoruba and related 12.3%, Bariba and related 9.2%, Peulh and related 7%, Ottamari and related 6.1%, Yoa-Lokpa and related 4%, Dendi and related 2.5%, other 1.6% (includes Europeans), unspecified 2.9%
  • GDP total: $15.51 billion (2012 est.)
  • GDP per capita: $1,700 (2012 est.)
  • Land Sizes
  • Language: French (official), Fon and Yoruba (most common vernaculars in south), tribal languages (at least six major ones in north)
  • Largest Cities: (by population) Cotonou, Abomey-Calavi, Porto-Novo, Djougou, Parakou
  • Name: Named for the body of water on which the country lies, the Blight of Benin.
  • National Day: August 1
  • Religion: Christian 42.8% (Catholic 27.1%, Celestial 5%, Methodist 3.2%, other Protestant 2.2%, other 5.3%), Muslim 24.4%, Vodoun 17.3%, other 15.5%
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