• Officially: The Republic of Benin
  • Capital: Porto-Novo


  • Population: 11 million
  • Major languages: French (official) Fon, Ge, Bariba, Yoruba, Dendi
  • Major religions: Indigenous beliefs, Christianity, Islam
  • Life expectancy: 59 years (men), 62 years (women)
  • Currency: 1 CFA (Communaute Financiere Africaine) franc


  • Area: 112,622 sq km (43,484 sq miles)


  • Formerly known as Dahomey, Benin is one of Africa’s most stable democracies
  • Benin is severely underdeveloped, and corruption is rife
  • It ranks among the world’s poorest countries
  • One of Africa’s largest cotton producers

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This page was last updated on 2021.03.18 by Robert Vinet