Benin Country Facts
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)
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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