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: 12,864,634 (2020)

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

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Fon and related: 38.4%
  • Adja and related: 15.1%
  • Yoruba and related: 12%
  • Bariba and related: 9.6%
  • Fulani and related: 8.6%
  • Ottamari and related: 6.1%
  • Yoa-Lokpa and related: 4.3%
  • Dendi and related: 2.9%
  • Other: 1.8% (includes Europeans)
Religions:

  • Catholic: 25.5%
  • Muslim: 27.7%
  • Vodoun: 11.6%
  • Protestant: 13.5% (Celestial: 6.7%, Methodist: 3.4%, other Protestant: 3.4%)
  • Other Christian: 9.5%
  • Other: 11%

Language(s):

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

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RECENT NEWS

  • Mon - Oct 11, 2021: A Castle Full of Stolen Goods - AllAfrica News: Benin
    [JusticeInfo.net] Germany is the first country in Europe to announce the return of its share of Benin Bronzes to Nigeria by 2022. Thousands of these art pieces were looted by the British in the late 19th century. But while negotiations about the procedure are ongoing in Germany, historians and curators from Europe and Africa demand a more comprehensive move towards restitution of stolen colonial artefacts.
  • Thu - Sep 30, 2021: The Jailed Candidate - What Madougou's Case Tells Us About Benin - AllAfrica News: Benin
    [African Arguments] It's time to wake up and realise that Benin is no longer the model democracy it once was. Political, legal and social rights have all been eroded.
  • Tue - Sep 28, 2021: Poulsen Names 25-Man Squad to Take On Benin - AllAfrica News: Benin
    [Daily News] National Football Team ' Taifa Stars' Head Coach, Kim Poulsen has named Jonas Mkude among the 25-men squad that will be facing Benin in the World Cup qualifiers next month.
  • Tue - Sep 21, 2021: Startup Builds Computers Out of Jerrycans, Distributes Them At Low Cost - AllAfrica News: Benin
    [VOA] Cotonou -- BloLab, a startup in Benin is turning plastic jerricans into computers using recycled components and distributing them to the public at a low cost.