Republic of Benin


“Fraternité, Justice, Travail” (french)
“Fraternity, Justice, Work”


 “L’Aube Nouvelle” (french)
“The Dawn of a New Day”


Capital: Porto-Novo
Largest City: Cotonou
Total area: 112,622 sq km
Climate: Hot, humid, semiarid
Natural resources: Oil deposits, limestone, marble, timber
Border countries: Togo, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Niger

People and Society

Population: 10,448,647
Demonym: Beninese
Languages: French (official), Fon and Yoruba (native languages)
Ethnic groups: Fon, Adja, Yoruba, Bariba, Peulh, Ottamari, Yoa-Lopka, Dendi
Religions: Catholic, Muslim, Vodoun, Protestant, Christian


Independence: 1 August 1960 (from France)
Government type: Republic
Chief of state: Thomas YAYI Boni (since 2006)


Currency: West African CFA franc
Exports: Cotton, cashews, shea butter, textiles, palm products, seafoods
Industries: Textiles, food processing, construction materials, cement

Tourism and Attraction

W Park
Ganvié, fishermen village
Ouidah, cultural capital of South-Benin: History Museum,
La Porte du Non retour (Door of No Return), Temple of Pythons, Kpasse’s Sacred Forest
Pendjari National Park
The Royal Palaces of Abomey
Save, city with rocky hills

Benin official website

The World Factbook
Great photography of Benin by Eric Lafforgue