Overview of Benin

  • 1940

Officially name: The Republic of Benin

Capital: Porto-Novo

Largest city: Cotonou

Official language: French

Government: Multiparty democracy

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Benin is a country in West Africa. It borders Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east and Burkina Faso and Niger to the north.


Total 112,622 km2 (101st)
Water (%) 0.02%


2009 estimate 8,791,832 (89th)
Density 78.1/km2 (120th)
202.2/sq mi

Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF)

Time zone

Summer (DST) not observed (UTC+1)

Drives on the right

Internet TLD: .bj

Calling code: 229