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Benin

Benin
  • Capital

    Capital

    Porto-Novo

  • Local time

    Local time

    8:34

  • Population

    Population

    11 m

  • Driving side

    Driving side

    Right

  • Calling code

    Calling code

    +229

  • Currency

    Currency

    Fr XOF (franc)

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Benin

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  • Capital

    Capital

    Porto-Novo

  • Local time

    Local time

    8:34

  • Population

    Population

    11 m

  • Driving side

    Driving side

    Right

  • Calling code

    Calling code

    +229

  • Currency

    Currency

    Fr XOF (franc)

  • Petrol price

    Petrol price

    € 1.03 pl

  • Precipitation

    Precipitation

    1 039mm /year

Geography & travel

  • Country Area

    Country Area

    114 000 km2

  • Protected Area

    Protected Area

    28%

  • Forest Area

    Forest Area

    38%

  • Agricultural area

    Agricultural area

    33%

  • Railways

    Railways

    758km

  • Annual air passengers

    Annual air passengers

    899

Population

  • Ethnicity

    Ethnicity

    African

  • Religion

    Religion

    indigenous - 50 %
    Christian - 30 %
    Islam - 20 %

  • Literacy rates

    Literacy rates

    32.9%

  • Languages

    Languages

    French
    Fon and Yoruba
    tribal languages

  • Armed Forces

    Armed Forces

    9 750

  • Murders

    Murders

    6 per 100k

  • Alcohol consumption

    Alcohol consumption

    2.2 l/person

  • Smoking

    Smoking

    17.7%

  • Diabetes

    Diabetes

    0.8%

  • Malaria

    Malaria

    294%

  • Tuberculosis

    Tuberculosis

    60 per 100k

  • HIV

    HIV

    1%

Economy

  • Industries

    Industries

    textiles, food processing, construction materials, cement

  • Agriculture

    Agriculture

    cotton, corn, cassava (manioc), yams, beans, palm oil, peanuts, cashews, livestock

  • Natural Resources

    Natural Resources

    small offshore oil deposits, limestone, marble, timber

  • Energy Import

    Energy Import

    46%

  • Natural Resources

    Natural Resources

    small offshore oil deposits, limestone, marble, timber

  • Renewable Energy

    Renewable Energy

    48%

  • CO2 Emissions

    CO2 Emissions

    6 318kt

  • Ease of Business

    Ease of Business

    151 (Best=1, Worst=200)

  • ATMs per 100k people

    ATMs per 100k people

    4

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What not to do when visiting Benin

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Don't forget to shake hands on arrival and departure.

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Don't worry about direct communication style - it's common and there are not many taboos when speaking your mind.

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Don't refuse food and drink when offered - it's a key element of hospitality and refusing may be considered rude.

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Did you know

Did you know?

The shortest existing republic was Benin - in 1967, it existed for a whole 7 hours.

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Don't photograph government buildings and official sites without special permission.

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Don't use left hand when eating or offering something to another person. Many people eat in traditional style - using fingers of the right hand.

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Don't look away when meeting or discussing with people - direct eye contact is essential in communication.

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Don't let strangers navigate you through the crowded markets - it might be their plan for a crime. There‘s higher criminal activity in Cotonou like pick‘pocketing, purse-snatching, theft of valuables from vehicles, assaults, and residential burglaries.

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Don't drink any water available - boil all drinkable water or drink bottled one.

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Did you know

Did you know?

Benin was named after a historical region that was located in what is now Southern Nigeria.

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Don't expect classy public transport in Cotonou (capital). Many people rely on bicycles, mopeds and motorbikes for hire ("zemidjans"). Take care when driving those at night for being mugged or robbed.

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Don't necessarily buy smuggled gasoline from Nigeria - it may be of unreliable quality, containing water or other contaminants damaging the vehicle.

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Don't expect nice roads they're generally in poor condition and often impassable during the rainy season (mid-June to mid-September).

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Don't underestimate swimming conditions - Benin's coastline can be dangerous due to strong tides, waves and rip currents. Several people drown each year.

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