Full Name Republic of Benin
Capital Porto-Novo
Form of Government Multiparty Democracy
Date of Independence 1 August, 1960
Date of Entry into the UN
Total Area 112,622 km2 (101st)
43,483 sq mi
Total Population (2005 estimate) 8,439,0002 (89th)
Time Zone WAT (UTC+1)
Currency West African CFA Franc
GDP (nominal, 2007 estimate) $5.566 billion
GDP Per Capita $708
Human Development Index .437
Languages French
Etnic Groups
Religions 42.8% Christianity, 24.4% Islam,
17.3% Vodun
Principal Cities
TV stations LC2 International, ORTB TV

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