Benin

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INFORMATION

Capital: Porto-Novo

Government: Presidential Representative Democratic Republic

Current President: Patrice Talon

Economy:

  • Underdeveloped. Dependent on subsistence agriculture, cotton production, and regional trade.

Population: 11,038,805 (2017)

Land Size: 112,622 sq km (43,484 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Fon and related: 39.2%
  • Adja and related: 15.2%
  • Yoruba and related: 17.3%
  • Bariba and related: 9.2%
  • Peulh and related: 7%
  • Ottamari and related: 6.1%
  • Yoa-Lokpa and related: 4%
  • Dendi and related: 2.5%
  • Other: 1.6% (includes Europeans)
  • Unspecified: 2.9%
Religions:

  • Catholic: 27.1%
  • Muslim: 24.4%
  • Vodoun: 17.3%
  • Protestant: 10.4% (Celestial: 5%, Methodist: 3.2%, other Protestant: 2.2%)
  • Other Christian: 5.3%
  • Other: 15.5%

Language(s):

  • French (official)
  • Fon and Yoruba (most common vernaculars in south)

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RECENT NEWS

  • Tue - Jun 12, 2018: Isocel to Launch First Ftth Service in Benin, First in Capital Cotonou and Then More Widely - AllAfrica News: Benin
    [Balancing Act] London -FTTH roll-outs have slowly been made in a range of African countries but the recent news that Isocel will roll-out an FTTH service in Benin is a clear sign that even in smaller markets users will not miss out. Russell Southwood spoke to Robert Aouad, Founder and CEO, Isocel Telecom about his plans.
  • Fri - Jun 1, 2018: 'We Are the Enemies of Our Leaders' - West Africa Leaks Journalists - AllAfrica News: Benin
    [International Consortium of Investigative Journalists] The 13 journalists who worked on the West Africa Leaks face everything from threats, law suits and intimidation.
  • Fri - Jun 1, 2018: Wanted - Honorary Consuls For 'Cash-Strapped' African Nations - AllAfrica News: Benin
    [International Consortium of Investigative Journalists] Honorary consuls occupy a little-known niche in the global elite. Many work to rigorous standards, but for others their avowed love for their adopted country is not always reflected in their tax filings.
  • Fri - May 25, 2018: Gambia U-20s Shocked By Benin in Cotonou - AllAfrica News: Benin
    [Foroyaa] Gambia U-20s made a bullish exit from the African Youth Championship qualifiers yesterday evening after losing to Benin in the return-leg.