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Geography Statistics of Benin

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)
More Information Benin
Largest Cities
  • Coastline: 75 miles (121 km)
  • Land Area:
    (land) 42,711 sq miles (110,622 sq km)
    (water) 772 sq miles (2,000 sq km)
    (TOTAL) 43,483 sq miles (112,622 sq km)

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  • Land Area: (all countries)
  • Land Divisions: There are 12 departments in Benin. They are Alibori, Atakora, Atlantique, Borgou, Collines, Kouffo, Donga, Littoral, Mono, Oueme, Plateau and Zou
  • Horizontal Width: 37.74 miles (60.73 km) from Quidah east to Porto-Novo
  • Vertical Length: 346.09 miles (556.98 km) from Kandi south to Porto-Novo

    Note: Lengths and widths are point-to-point, straight-line measurements from a Mercator map projection, and will vary some using other map projections
  • Bordering Countries: (4) Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Togo
  • Geographic Center: About 24.16 miles (38.88 km) northwest of Parakou
  • Highest Point: Mt. Sokbaro 2,158 ft. (658 m)
  • Lowest Point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
  • Latitude and Longitude
  • Relative Location
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

About the Author

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