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Capital: Porto-Novo

Government: Presidential Representative Democratic Republic

Current President: Patrice Talon


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

Population: 10,879,829 (2015)

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

Major Ethic 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%

  • 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%


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



  • Thu - Nov 16, 2017: Republic of Benin to Seek Mauritian Expertise in the Tourism Sector - AllAfrica News: Benin
    [Government of Mauritius] The Ambassador designate of the Republic of Benin, Mr Eric Franck Saizonou, with residence in Pretoria conveyed a keen interest to seek Mauritian expertise in the tourism sector owing to the country's vast experience in this field.
  • Tue - Nov 14, 2017: Mentoring Platform Aims to Help African Start-Ups Beat Skills Gap - AllAfrica News: Benin
    [Innovation in Africa] Many African start-up founders are just out of higher education and often lack the knowledge and understanding required to make a success of their business. Mentorat Club co-founder Hadjara Idriss launched its online mentor network to bridge this gap.
  • Mon - Nov 13, 2017: Stars Set for Benin Test - AllAfrica News: Benin
    [Daily News] Confident Taifa Stars face hosts Benin today in a FIFA date friendly match at Stade de I'Amitie' in Cotonou. The game which falls on the FIFA calendar will see the country's envoys play without two key strikers; Mbwana Samatta who plays for KRC Genk and Tenerife FC player, Farid Mussa, both still nursing injuries.
  • Mon - Nov 13, 2017: Stars - We'll Avert Benin Revenge - AllAfrica News: Benin
    [Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Taifa Stars today face Benin in an international friendly match at the Stade de l'Amitiein in Cotonou.
  • Mon - Nov 13, 2017: Stars Upbeat Despite Injury Woes - AllAfrica News: Benin
    [Daily News] Farid Mussa will miss the Sunday match against Benin after he was pronounced unfit for the action. Mussa joins Mbwana Samatta as the latest victim of injury -hit squad of Taifa Stars which left early yesterday for Benin.