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Benin is located in Sub-Saharan Africa part of Africa. It's total area is 113K km² and 27.4% of it is forest area. As of 2022 it has a total population of 13M. 49.5% lives in cities whereas 50.5% lives in rural areas.
Benin ( (listen) ben-EEN, bin-EEN; French: Bénin [benɛ̃], Fon: Benɛ, Fula: Benen), officially the Republic of Benin (French: République du Bénin), and formerly Dahomey, is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east, Burkina Faso to the north-west, and Niger to the north-east. The majority of its population lives on the southern coastline of the Bight of Benin, part of the Gulf of Guinea in the northernmost tropical portion of the Atlantic Ocean. The capital is Porto-Novo, and the seat of government is in Cotonou, the most populous city and economic capital. Benin covers an area of 114,763 square kilometres (44,310 sq mi) and its population in 2021 was estimated to be approximately 13 million. It is a tropical nation, dependent on agriculture, and is an exporter of palm oil and cotton. Some employment and income arise from subsistence farming.The official language of Benin is French, with indigenous languages such as Fon, Bariba, Yoruba and Dendi also spoken. The largest religious group in Benin is Sunni Islam (27.7%), followed by Roman Catholicism (25.5%), Vodun (11.6%), and Protestantism. Benin is a member of the United Nations, the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone, Francophonie, the Community of Sahel–Saharan States, the African Petroleum Producers Association and the Niger Basin Authority.

From the 17th to the 19th century, political entities in the area included the Kingdom of Dahomey, the city-state of Porto-Novo, and other states to the north. This region was referred to as the Slave Coast from the early 17th century due to the high number of people who were sold and trafficked during the Atlantic slave trade to the New World. France took over the territory in 1894, incorporating it into French West Africa as French Dahomey. In 1960, Dahomey gained full independence from France. As a sovereign state, Benin has had democratic governments, military coups, and military governments. A self-described Marxist–Leninist state called the People's Republic of Benin existed between 1975 and 1990. In 1991, it was replaced by the multi-party Republic of Benin.

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💬 Languages

French is the official language.

💵 Currencies

The official currency is West African CFA franc [1 USD = 605.118 XOF].

🏧 Cash / Credit card usage

As credit cards are not widely used in Benin, we suggest you to carry cash during your travels [2017: %6.135640293]. Approximately there are a total of 🏧 607 ATM's in Benin.

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Tourism

In 2019, 337K tourists arrived to Benin. In 2018, tourism has contributed to Benin economy with a total of 175M $ income (%4.5).

📱 Bandwidth

Broadband is 🐢average with 24.05 Mbps.

Broadband (0.85 / 10)

☀️ Climate

Averag yearly temperature is 🔥 28 °C and very hot. Current 3 months (May, June and July) average is 🔥 27 °C and very hot. Current season (spring) is 🔥 30 °C and very hot.
Yearly average28 °C 🔥
3 month average27 °C 🔥
Spring average30 °C 🔥
Summer average26 °C 🔥
Fall average27 °C 🔥
Winter average27 °C 🔥
About seasons: Remember that seasons in Southern Hemisphere are opposite of the Northern one. This means that in Argentina and Australia, winter begins in June. Currently season averages are rendered according Northern Hemisphere.

📈 Economics

In 2022, gross national income (GNI) was 19B $ and with %3.1 increase GNI per capita was 1.4K $. In 2022, consumer inflation was calculated as %1.4.
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