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Benin's Information

Flag of Benin
Land Area 110,622 km2
Water Area 2,000 km2
Total Area 112,622km2 (#100)
Population 10,741,458 (#85)
Population Density 97.10/km2
Government Type Presidential Republic
GDP (PPP) $24.31 Billion
GDP Per Capita $2,200
Currency Franc (XOF)
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  • 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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This page was last updated on July 10, 2020.

Benin Trivia

Where is Benin?

The Republic of Benin is a small West African country. It covers an area of 44,310 sqm and is home to about 11 million people.

Fun Facts About Benin

What are the major ethnic groups of Benin?

The largest ethnic group in Benin is Fon/Dahomey which constitutes 39% of the total population. Yoruba makes up more than 18% of the population.The Adja ethnic group makes up 15% of the general country population. Other ethnic groups include Bariba, Fula (Fulani), Ottamari, and Lukpa.

Major Ethnic Groups Of Benin

What Languages are Spoken in Benin?

French is Benin's official language, and about 50 indigenous languages are also spoken in the country.

What Languages are Spoken in Benin?

What is the Currency of Benin?

The official currency of Benin is the West African CFA franc.

What is the Currency of Benin?

What are the Ecological Regions of Benin?

Despite its small size, Benin's landscape varies greatly from dense forests to savanna grasslands. Although about 65% is blanketed by bushy vegetation, grasslands cover a significant 93.1% of the highlands.

Ecological Regions Of Benin

What is the Leading Cause of Death in Benin?

Lower respiratory infections (meningococcal meningitis) ranks highest as the leading cause of death in Benin at 12.8% of its population. These infections are caused by kitchen air pollution and poor nutrition.

Leading Causes Of Death In Benin

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