Introduction about Benin

Benin, formally known as Bahomey is a Francophone country in Western Africa,bordering the north Atlantic Ocean and few African countries, Togo(South), Nigeria(East), Burkinafaso(West) and Niger(north).

Benin has its capital in Porto-Novo but the seat of Government in Cotonou which is ranked as the country’s most populated area, said to be housing 50 percent of the country’s entire population of 10,879,829(2015) with mixed economic system. It covers an area of total 114,763 square kilometers by size.


Benin is a tropical, sub-saharan nation, highly dependent on agriculture with substantial employment and income mainly from subsistence farming.

French is the official language of Benin. However, Fon and Yoruba are the two indigenous languages spoken too here commonly.  The largest religious group in Benin is Roman Catholicism, followed closely by Islam.
This country is a member of the United Nations, the African Union, the organisation of Islamic cooperation, the south Atlantic, La Francophone, the Producers Association African Petroleum and ECOWAS.

Colonised by the French and was declared independent on August 1st, 1960. The country has experienced series of coup after its independent but became the first African country to transit from dictatorship to pluralistic political system of government.
It practices Republican System of  Government with multi-party system, allowing the President to serve for only two terms of five years each.

Patrice Talon is the President of Benin. He was sworn in on the 6th of April 2016.

This country experiences hot climate with a high level of humidity, two seasons of rainy and dry. With annual rainfall estimated at the average of 1,360m.


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