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Republic of Benin

République du Bénin  (French)
Orilẹ-ede Benin  (Yoruba)
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
National languages
Ethnic groups
(2013 Census[1])
Religion
(2015)[2]
Demonym(s)
  • Beninese
GovernmentUnitarypresidentialrepublic
Patrice Talon
Louis Vlavonou[3]
LegislatureNational Assembly
Independence
• from France
1 August 1960
Area
• Total
114,763 km2 (44,310 sq mi)[4] (100th)
• Water (%)
0.4%
Population
• 2019 estimate
11,733,059 (78th)
• 2013 census
10,008,749[5]
• Density
94.8/km2 (245.5/sq mi) (120th)
GDP (PPP)2019 estimate
• Total
$29.918 billion[6] (137th)
• Per capita
$2,552[6] (163rd)
GDP (nominal)2019 estimate
• Total
$11.386 billion[6] (141st)
• Per capita
$971[6] (163rd)
Gini (2015)Negative increase 47.8[7]
high
HDI (2018)Increase 0.520[8]
low · 163rd
CurrencyWest African CFA franc (XOF)
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)
Driving sideright
Calling code+229
ISO 3166 codeBJ
Internet TLD.bj
  1. Cotonou is the seat of government.

Source: CIA World Factbook
This page was last updated on November 27, 2020


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