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Continent – Africa

Region – Western Africa

Size – 112,620 km²

Geography – Mostly flat with some hills

Language – French, Fon, Yoruba, other tribal languages

Religion – 42.8%  Christian, 24.4% Islam, 17.3% Vodoun, 15.5% other

Monetary Unit – CFA Franc

Natural Resources – cotton, corn, cassava (tapioca), yams, beans, palm oil, peanuts, cashews; livestock

Agriculture – bananas, cacao, citrus, sugar; fish, cultured shrimp; lumber; garments

Industry – textiles, food processing, construction materials, cement

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Neighbouring Countries – Niger, Nigeria, Togo, Burkina Faso

Population – 10,160,556 (2014)

Population Growth Rate – 2.67%

Average Life Expectancy – 53.4

Capital City – Porto Novo (population 267,191)

Most Populated City – Cotonou (population 779,314)

Highest Mountain – No mountains – highest point (Mont 658 m)

Longest River – Oueme (500 km )

Climate – Constant hot temperatures all year 21°C to 35°C humid south, arid north

Yearly Rainfall – 120 cm approx


Plant Life – palm, coconut, kapok, mahogany, ebony, grass,

Animal Life – elephants, leopards, lions, antelope, monkeys, wild pigs, crocodiles, buffalo, snakes

Bird Life – guinea fowl, wild duck, partridge, tropical birds






Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2015). Beniin. Available: Last accessed Monday, July 18, 2016

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