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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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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 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 are the religious beliefs in Benin?

Culturally diverse, Benin's people follow a diverse mix of Christian, Muslim, and West African traditional beliefs. 27% of the population identify with Roman Catholic Christianity, 24% with Islam, 17% with West African Vodun, and 16% with Protestantism and Other Forms of Non-Catholic Christianity.

Religious Beliefs In Benin

What is the Biggest City in Benin?

Cotonou is the biggest city and seat of government of Benin while Porto-Novo is the second biggest city and capital of the country.

The Major Cities Of 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 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

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