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Republic of Benin
République du Bénin  (French)
FlagCoat of arms
Motto: 
  • "Fraternité, Justice, Travail" (French)
  • "Fraternity, Justice, Labour"
Anthem: 
Location of Benin within the African Union.
Location of  Benin  (dark blue)

– in Africa  (blue & dark grey)
– in the African Union  (blue)  –  [Legend]

CapitalPorto-Novoa
6°28′N2°36′E / 6.467°N 2.600°E / 6.467; 2.600
Largest cityCotonou
Official languagesFrench
Vernacular languages
Ethnic groups (2002)
Demonym
  • Beninese
  • Beninois
GovernmentPresidentialrepublic
 - PresidentYayi Boni
LegislatureNational Assembly
Independence
 - from FranceAugust 1, 1960 
Area
 - Total112,622 km2 (101st)
43,484 sq mi
 - Water (%)0.02%
Population
 - July 2013 estimate9,877,292 [1] (90th UNIQ5e0c49b78ec11f61-nowiki-00000004-QINU2UNIQ5e0c49b78ec11f61-nowiki-00000005-QINU)
 - 2002 census8,500,500
 - Density78.1/km2 (120th)
202.2/sq mi
GDP (PPP)2012 estimate
 - Total$15.586 billion[3]
 - Per capita$1,666[3]
GDP (nominal)2012 estimate
 - Total$7.429 billion[3]
 - Per capita$794[3]
Gini (2003)36.5[4]
medium
HDI (2011)Decrease 0.427
low ·167th
CurrencyWest African CFA franc (XOF)
Time zoneWAT(UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST)not observed (UTC+1)
Drives on theright
Calling code+229
ISO 3166 codeBJ
Internet TLD.bj
a.Cotonou is the seat of government.
Population estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected.

Source: CIA World Factbook
Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of July 26, 2012


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