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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: 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)

  • 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%


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



  • Mon - Aug 2, 2021: HM the King Congratulates President of Benin On His Country's National Day - AllAfrica News: Benin
    [MAP] Rabat -- HM King Mohammed VI has sent a message of congratulations to the President of the Republic of Benin, H.E. Patrice Talon, on the occasion of his country's national day.
  • Mon - Aug 2, 2021: Benin National Day - AllAfrica News: Benin
    [State Department] On behalf of the United States and the American people, I send best wishes and congratulations to the government and people of Benin as you celebrate 61 years of independence.
  • Thu - Jul 29, 2021: Captured Nigerian Secessionist, Sunday Igboho, Faces Trial in Benin - AllAfrica News: Benin
    [East African] Nigerian secessionist leader Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, appeared in a Beninese court on Monday to answer to charges of being in the country illegally.
  • Wed - Jul 28, 2021: Could Kidnapping for Ransom Open the Door to Terrorism in Benin? - AllAfrica News: Benin
    [ISS] Fears are mounting that kidnapping for ransom could trigger terrorism in Benin. This is amid an already growing threat of violent extremism in the country. National authorities and local communities worry that kidnapping could exacerbate Benin's security challenges and provide an entry point for extremists operating nearby.
  • Tue - Jul 27, 2021: Court's Decision to Uphold Conviction Deals 'Unprecedented Setback' to Press Freedom in Benin - AllAfrica News: Benin
    [RSF] Reporters Without Borders (RSF) will support Beninese journalist Ignace Sossou's appeals to regional or international jurisdictions following the grave and unprecedented decision by Benin's supreme court to uphold the conviction that led to his being jailed arbitrarily for six months last year.