Benin Facts

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Flag of Benin
National Flag of Benin

Interesting facts about Benin

  • Official Name: The Republic of Benin
  • Form of Government: Presidential republic
  • GDP: 10.35 billion USD (2018)
  • Capital: Porto Novo
  • Population: 11.49 million (2018)
  • Official Languages: French
  • Currency: West African CFA franc
  • Timezone: GMT+1
  • Area: 114,763 km²
  • Dialing Code: +229
  • Major Mountain Ranges: Gbessa,Boto,Touloua Toundi,Guéné Zéno
  • Major Rivers: Mono,Niger,Ouémé,Kara River,Agbado River
  • Continent: Africa
  • Border Countries: East of Togo and west of Nigeria, it is bordered to the north by Burkina Faso and Niger, in south by the the Bight of Benin, in the Gulf of Guinea, that part of the North Atlantic Ocean which is roughly south of West Africa.

Map of Benin

National Symbols of Benin

  • National Bird: Laughing gull
  • National Animal: leopards
  • National Tree: palm tree
  • National Fruit: ackee