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Republic of Benin
République du Bénin  (French)
Motto: 
  • "Fraternité, Justice, Travail" (French)
  • "Fraternity, Justice, Labour"
Anthem: 
Location of  Benin  (dark blue)– in Africa  (light blue & dark grey)– in the African Union  (light blue)
Location of  Benin  (dark blue)

– in Africa  (light blue & dark grey)
– in the African Union  (light blue)

CapitalPorto-Novoa
Largest cityCotonou
Official languagesFrench
Vernacular languages
Ethnic groups(2006)
Demonym
  • Beninese
GovernmentPresidentialrepublic
Patrice Talon
Adrien Houngbédji
LegislatureNational Assembly
Independence
• from France
1 August 1960
Area
• Total
114,763 km2 (44,310 sq mi)[1] (100th)
• Water (%)
0.4%
Population
• July 2015 estimate
10,879,829[2] (82nd)
• 2013 census
10,008,749[3]
• Density
94.8/km2 (245.5/sq mi) (120th)
GDP (PPP)2016 estimate
• Total
$24.312 billion[4]
• Per capita
$2,184[4]
GDP (nominal)2016 estimate
• Total
$8.930 billion[4]
• Per capita
$802[4]
Gini (2003)36.5[5]
medium
HDI (2015)Increase 0.485[6]
low · 167th
CurrencyWest African CFA franc (XOF)
Time zoneWAT(UTC+1)
Drives on theright
Calling code+229
ISO 3166 codeBJ
Internet TLD.bj
  1. Cotonou is the seat of government.

Source: CIA World Factbook
Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of July 9, 2017


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