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Benin Geography

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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Benin is one of Africa's smallest countries, and displays little fluctuation in elevation.

The country transitions from a narrow and somewhat sandy coastal area to a marshy land with lagoons that rise into the La Terre de Barre Plateau.

The wooded savannah of the plateau continues on into the foot hills of the Atakora Mountains of the northwest, a branch of the Togo Mountains.

Benin's highest point is Mt. Sokbaro, which rises 2,158 ft. (658 m); the lowest point of the country is the Atlantic Ocean at 0 m.

From the mountainous northwest, the land slopes down into a broad plain and on to the Niger River valley of the far northeast.

The Niger and Oueme are the country's major rivers.

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 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 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 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 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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