Republic of Benin is located in the West of the African Continent with a population of 9,598,787, making it the 89th largest
national population. Its capital is
Porto Novo and its largest city is Cotonou with a total population of 761,137. The country
encompasses 110,620 square kilometers making it the 101st largest country in total area. It shares boundaries with Niger,
Nigeria, Bight of Benin, Togo and Burkina Faso.

President Thomas Yayi Boni is recognized as the
the Chief of State and, along with Prime Minister Pascal Koupaki, is also
Head of Government. The President achieves that status through popular vote and holds that position for up to two five-
year terms.
The Prime Minister is appointed by the President. Its form of government is a republic and they celebrate the
creation of their constitution on December 1990.

The languages commonly or official spoken are French, Fon and Yoruba and Tribal languages. It counts among its major
religions indigenous beliefs, Christian and Muslim. As sources of mass communication it has 2 AM, 9 FM, 4 Short Wave
and 1 Television stations.

Major geographical features are Mont Sokburo as its highest point with has an elevation of 658 meters and Atlantic Ocean
as its lowest point which has an elevation of o Meters. Its principal waterway is River Niger, which measures 150

Major industries providing for the bulk of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are textiles, food processing, construction
materials and cement. Its official currency is Communaute Financiere Africaine franc .

Here’s something you may not know about Benin. Benin has a population that is 99% African with 42 ethnic groups of
which half maintain indigenous beliefs.
Floating village of Lake
Cargo boat on  Lake
A man with his camel in
northern Benin near
Niger and Burkina Faso
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Adult Prevalence Rate:

People Living with HIV/AIDS:

HIV/AIDS Deaths:
1.2% (2009 est.)


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Trois-Rivieres in
Cotonou- Benin's
largest city
Elephant in Pendjari
National Park
Village of Natitingou
below Mont Sokboro-
Benin's highest point
Porto Novo Fort on the
Atlantic Ocean-
Benin's capital and
lowest point
Aneho- Benin's
southernmost point on
the border with Togo
Azove- Benin's
westernmost point on
the border with Togo
Benin dancer in
cultural dress
Karimama- Benin's
northernmost area on
the Niger border
Lamb in Peanut
Sauce- a favorite dish
of Benin
Segbana- the
easternmost point of
Benin on the border
with Nigeria
Porga on Benin's
border with Burkina
Malanville- a trading
center on the border
with the Niger city of