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About Country

Porto-Novo (official capital) and Cotonou (economic capital)
Approximately 13.5 million (2021 estimate)
Population Density
102 people per square kilometer
$12.8 billion (2020 estimate)
French is the official language, but there are many other languages spoken, including Fon, Yoruba, and Bariba
West African CFA franc (XOF)
National Dish
One of the national dishes is called "riz sauce d'arachide," which is a dish of rice cooked with peanut sauce and often served with chicken or fish
Christianity and Islam are the two main religions in Benin, although many people also practice traditional African religions
Benin has a tropical climate, with a rainy season from April to October and a dry season from November to March
Main Industries
Agriculture is the main industry in Benin, with cotton, maize, and cassava being important crops. Other industries include mining, manufacturing, and tourism
Level of Development
Benin is considered a developing country with a human development index (HDI) ranking of 165 out of 189 countries (2020)
Approximately 114,000 square kilometers

Experience the magic of Benin 🇧🇯, a West African gem that boasts a diverse cultural heritage 🗿, stunning natural beauty 🏞️, and lively markets 🛍️. From the ancient city of Abomey to the beaches of Grand Popo, immerse yourself in this captivating country!


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  • Cotonou, Cotonou, Bénin
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  • Portonovo, Bénin
  • Porto-Novo, Bénin

Main Attractions

Some of the main tourist attractions in Benin include:

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    The Royal Palaces of Abomey, a UNESCO World Heritage site that was once the capital of the Kingdom of Dahomey.

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    The Pendjari National Park, a wildlife reserve that is home to elephants, lions, and other animals.

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    The Ouidah Museum of History, which explores the history of the slave trade in West Africa.

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    The Ganvie stilt village, a unique community built on stilts over a lagoon.

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    The Dantokpa Market in Cotonou, one of the largest markets in West Africa and a hub for trade and commerce.

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    The Somba people's Tata Somba houses, a type of fortress-like home built by the Somba people in northern Benin.

These are just a few examples of the many attractions that Benin has to offer. Visitors to the country can also enjoy its rich culture and traditions, including music, dance, and cuisine. Some popular dishes in Benin include "akpan" (a type of cornmeal cake), "fufu" (a starchy side dish), and "gari" (a type of cassava flour).


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