The small nation of Benin, in West Africa, has an exciting character despite its small size. It is best-known as the birthplace of voodoo practices and for being one of the world's top producers of palm oil. Benin is a member of the Francophonie and has existed in its current form, the Republic of Benin, since 1991. Around ten million people live in the country. In recent years, the tourism industry has seen substantial growth.