Thatch huts in Kobli, Benin http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kobli2.jpg Jacques Taberlet
Places in Benin on this website
Benin is a small country in West Africa. It covers 112,622 sq km and has a population of about 9 million people (2011 estimate). Benin is bordered by Togo to the west, Niger and Burkina Faso to the north, and Nigeria to the east. The capital is Porto-Novo while the biggest city is Cotonou.
Benin is a multiparty democracy with the president as head of state. The official language here is French, although indigenous languages such as Fon and Yoruba are also commonly spoken. The Roman Catholic faith is the predominant religion in Benin, followed by Islam, Vodun and Protestant.
Benin is one hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time. Traffic is on the right side of the road. Phone IDD code here is +229. The West African CFA franc (XOF) is the official currency. In 2009, Benin has a nominal GDP of $6.6 billion, equivalent to a per capita nominal GDP of $709. The per capita GDP at purchasing power parity is $1,440.
Benin was originally the Kingdom of Dahomey, a name in used in the colonial period until the country gained independence on 30 November, 1975. The new name was chosen to achive neutrality for the different ethnic groups, as the former Kingdom of Dahomey only covered the southern third of the present country.
Ruins of the Kingdom of Dahomey are today the major tourist attractions in Benin. The country is also the birthplace of Voodoo, known here as Vodun. It remains the official religion of the country.
A farm shed on stilts in Benin http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ganvie1.jpg Manu25
Mud huts with conical roofs in Koussoukoingou, Benin http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Koussoukoingou2.jpg Jacques Taberlet
Planning your visit to Benin
Visitors who do not need a visa to enter Benin include the citizens of Algeria, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Romania, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Taiwan, and Togo.
The Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport (COO) is the main gateway to Benin as well as the airport serving Cotonou, the biggest city of the country. There are regular flights from Paris and Brussels.
Benin ratified the World Heritage Convention on 14 June, 1982. It has one World Heritage Site, in the Cultural category, as of March 2010. Benin has also submitted a further six sites presently on the World Heritage Tentative List.
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