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Republic of Benin

Repúblique du Benin

Origin of Name named after the ancient Nigerian kingdom of Benin

Location west Africa
Bordered By
Togo, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria

location of Benin

Area 43,484 sq mi (112,622 sq km)
Greatest Distance E-W 202 mi (325 km)
Greatest Distance N-S 415 mi (668 km)
Highest Point
Mont Sokbaro; 2,159 ft (659 m)
Lowest Point sea level
Natural Resources limestone, marble, timber

map of Benin

Nationality Beninese
Population (2016)
10,741.458
Largest Cities Porto-Novo
Ethnic Groups Fon, Adja, Yoruba, Bariba, Peulh, Ottamari, Yoa-Lokpa, Dendi
Religions
Catholic, Muslim, Vodoun, Protestant
Languages French (official), Fon, Yoruba, tribal

Capital Porto-Novo
Form of Government republic
Present Constitution Adopted December 2, 1990
Chief of State and Head of Government
President
Patrice Talon (since April 6, 2016)
Cabinet
Council of Ministers
Legislature
unicameral National Assembly (Assemblee Nationale)
Judiciary
Constitutional Court (Cour Constitutionnelle), Supreme Court (Cour Supreme), High Court of Justice
Local Administration
12 departments

Currency Cooperation Financiere en Afrique Centrale Franc (XAF)
Per Capita Income
$2,100
Industries
textiles, food processing, construction materials, cement
Agriculture
cotton, corn, cassava (manioc), yams, beans, palm oil, peanuts, cashews; livestock
Export Commodities
cotton, cashews, shea butter, textiles, palm products, seafood
Import Commodities
foodstuffs, capital goods, petroleum products

Independence From France Achieved August 1, 1960
National Holiday National Day, August 1
Flag
green symbolizes hope and revival, yellow wealth, and red courage

flag of Benin

SEE ALSO
Togo
Burkina Faso
Niger
Nigeria
France

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