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Learn more about Benin.
Flag of Benin Benin
Population: 7,250,033 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Porto-Novo
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An Introduction to Benin
Present day Benin was the site of Dahomey, a prominent West African kingdom that rose in the 15th century. The territory became a French Colony in 1872 and achieved independence on 1 August 1960, as the Republic of Benin. A succession of military governments ended in 1972 with the rise to power of Mathieu KEREKOU and the establishment of a government based on Marxist-Leninist principles. A move to representative government began in 1989. Two years later, free elections ushered in former Prime Minister Nicephore SOGLO as president, marking the first successful transfer of power in Africa from a dictatorship to a democracy. KEREKOU was returned to power by elections held in 1996 and 2001, though some irregularities were alleged.

Benin map

Map of Benin ( Location ) : 9 30 N, 2 15 E, Western Africa, bordering the Bight of Benin, between Nigeria and Togo. For additional reports and educational information specific to Benin, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Beninese Flag
Two equal horizontal bands of yellow (top) and red with a vertical green band on the hoist side.

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about Benin.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 2.89%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 50.25 yrs - Male
    • 51.39 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 66,500 (2003)

Televisions:
    • 60,000 (1997)

Radios:
    • 620,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .bj

Did you know ... People from Benin are called Beninese
 

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