Benin Country Facts

Benin Country Facts
Official Name: Republic of Benin

Alternate Names: Benin

Former Names: Dahomey

Capital City: Porto-Novo

Flag: Two equal horizontal bands of yellow (top) and red with a vertical green band on the hoist side

Date of Independence: August 1, 1960 from France

National Anthem: L'Aube Nouvelle (The Dawn of a New Day)

Population: 7,250,033

Size/Area: 112,620 sq km, slightly smaller than Pennsylvania

Land Locked: No

Coastline: 121 km

Bordering Countries: Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Togo

Administrative Divisions: 12 departments; Alibori, Atakora, Atlantique, Borgou, Collines, Kouffo, Donga, Littoral, Mono, Oueme, Plateau, Zou

Major Cities: Bohicon, Cotonou, Djougou, Kandi, Parakou, Porto Novo

Languages: French, Fon and Yoruba

Religions: Indigenous beliefs 50%, Christian 30%, Muslim 20%

Major Holidays: New Year's Day, Martyrs' Day, Id al-Fitr, Youth Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Workers', Ascension Day, Whit Monday, Id al-Adha, Assumption, Armed Forces Day, All Saints' Day, National Day, Christmas, Harvest Day.

Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine franc

Currency Code: XOF

Highest Point: Mont Sokbaro 658 m

Lowest Point: Atlantic Ocean

Bordering Bodies of Water: Niger River, Atlantic Ocean

Bodies of Water: Niger River, Atlantic Ocean

Climate: The south is tropical, hot, and humid. The north is semiarid.

Major Industries: textiles, food processing, chemical production, construction materials

Major Agricultural Products: cotton, corn, cassava (tapioca), yams, beans, palm oil, peanuts, livestock

Natural Resources: small offshore oil deposits, limestone, marble, timber

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