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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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1900s continued

  • (1992) President Soglo's wife formed Parti de la Renaissance du Benin
  • (1995) Following legislative elections, Parti de la Renaissance du Benin formed new government
  • (1996) President Soglo's government formally recognized voodoo as a religion, in effort to "correct an injustice"
  • (1996) After intervention by constitutional court, Mathieu Kerekou won presidential election
  • (1997) Labor unions criticized government's liberalization of the economy
  • (1997) January 10 legalized as voodoo holiday
  • (1999) New government formed with representatives of 10 parties in legislative elections
2000s
  • (2001) President Kerekou reelected in presidential elections
  • (2002) Benin joined Community of Sahel-Saharan States
  • (2002) First local elections held in over 10 years
  • (2003) Parties in support of President Kerekou won majority of elective seats in legislative elections
  • (2003) Lebanese charter plane crashed after take-off from Cotonou, over 140 killed; French investigators discovered plane was overloaded
  • (2004) Benin, Nigeria agreed to redraw border
  • (2005) U.S. telecommunications firm fined for bribery for funneling millions of dollars into President Kerekou's election campaign in 2001
  • (2005) River islands along disputed Benin, Niger border were awarded to Niger by International Court of Justice
  • (2006) Independent and Former West African Development Bank Director, Yogi Boni, won run-off vote in presidential elections; President Kerekou was barred from election under constitutional age limits
  • (2006) World Bank, African Development Bank approved debt relief for several countries, including Benin
  • (2007) In elections, President Yayi's coalition won control of parliament
  • (2007) China's foreign minister, Li Zhaoxing, signed accords in Benin as Beijing bolstered economic ties on the African continent
  • (2007) Benin, Nigeria, Togo formed Co-Prosperity Alliance Zone (COPAZ) to fast-track integration of their economies
  • (2008) In local elections, parties allied with President Yayi won majority of local council seats
  • (2009) Oil was discovered offshore near Seme on the Nigeria-Benin border
  • (2009) European Union (EU) banned all of Benin's air carriers from flying to EU in safety blacklist
  • (2010) Benin celebrated 50 years of independence
  • (2010) Investment Consultancy and Computering Service forced to close, more than a dozen employees arrested; more than 100,000 people lost life savings in Ponzi scheme run by the company, which appeared to be endorsed by President Yayi
2000s continued
  • (2010) Flooding killed 43, left over 100,000 homeless
  • (2010) Flooding killed 43, left over 100,000 homeless
  • (2011) President Yayi faced 12 opposition candidates in bid for second term
  • (2011) President Yayi won reelection
  • (2011) President Yayi's main challenger, Adrien Houngbedji, alleged widespread fraud during elections
  • (2011) President Yayi's party and allies regained control of parliament in elections
  • (2011) Pirates robbed chemical tanker and 17 Filipino crewmen in port of Cotonou
  • (2011) Pirates seized Italian tanker, 23 crew members off Benin's coast in Gulf of Guinea
  • (2011) London's marine insurance market added Benin to area of high risk due to escalation of pirate attacks
  • (2011) Death penalty was abolished
  • (2011) Pirates raided Cyprus-flagged vessel transferring crude oil to Norwegian-registered ship, 23 sailor kidnapped
  • (2011) China gave Benin $34 million in loans and grants, some to use for funding of anti-piracy patrols off the coast
  • (2011) Pope Benedict visited Benin
  • (2011) Justice Minister denounced country's judiciary as one of the most corrupt sectors in country
  • (2012) U.S. citizen kidnapped in Benin
  • (2012) President Yayi elected chairman of African Union for one year
  • (2012) Three people, including the president's niece, his personal physician and an ex-minister, were arrested over alleged plot to poison President Yayi

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 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 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

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