The capital of Benin is Porto-Novo, but the seat of government is in Cotonou, the country's largest city and economic capital.

The largest religious group in Benin is Roman Catholicism, followed closely by Islam, Vodun and Protestantism.

In 1960, Dahomey gained full independence from France, and had a tumultuous period with many different democratic governments, many military coups and military governments.

A Marxist–Leninist state called the People's Republic of Benin existed between 1975 and 1990. In 1991, it was replaced by the current multi-party Republic of Benin.

  • Benin has largest boundary with Nigeria which is approximately 773 km.
  • Benin has shortest boundary with Niger which is approximately 266 km.
  • The largest river in Benin is Niger River which is 4180 km.
  • The largest export partner of Benin is China.
  • The largest import partner of Benin is China.

Tourist Attraction#

Fish and chicken are on offer at the colorful Dantokpa market in Cotonou.


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