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

  • Thu - Aug 2, 2018: The Launchpad and Home for African Migrants - AllAfrica News: Benin
    [IPS] Cotonou -Last year, Mohamed Keita returned home to Mali after living and working in Libya for six years. Eighteen months ago he was arrested by security forces in Libya as he and other migrants tried to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe via a makeshift boat.
  • Thu - Jul 26, 2018: Nigeria, Benin Republic to Constitute Joint Committee to Combat Smuggling - AllAfrica News: Benin
    [This Day] Abuja -President Muhammadu Buhari wednesday in Abuja received President Patrice Talon of the Republic of Benin during which the two leaders agreed to constitute a joint committee to combat smuggling.
  • Mon - Jul 23, 2018: Fashion Start-Up Walls of Benin Is Out - AllAfrica News: Benin
    [This is Africa] An ambitious fashion start-up business is producing high-quality sleepwear and loungewear in Africa and exporting it to Europe.