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  • Area: 112,622 sq. km (43,484 sq. mi.)
  • Population: 10,741,458 (2016 est.)
  • Population growth rate: 2.75% (2016 est.)
  • Life expectancy: 61.9 years (2016)
  • Languages: French (official), Fon and Yoruba, tribal languages
  • Religions: Catholic 27.1%, Muslim 24.4%, Vodoun 17.3%, Protestant 10.4% (Celestial 5%, Methodist 3.2%, other Protestant 2.2%), other traditional religions 6%, other Christian 5.3%, other 1.9%, none 6.5%, unspecified 1.1%
  • Formal name: Republic of Benin
  • Alternate names: Bénin, Dahome, People’s Republic of Benin, Republic of Benin, Republic of Dahomey, République du Bénin, République du Dahomey, République Populaire du Bénin
  • Government type: presidential republic
  • Leaders: chief of state and head of government: President Patrice TALON
  • Capital: Porto-Novo (official capital); note: Cotonou is the seat of government
  • Administrative divisions: 12 departments
  • GDP per capita (PPP): $2,100 (2015 est.)
  • Exports: cotton, cashews, shea butter, textiles, palm products, seafood
  • Imports: foodstuffs, capital goods, petroleum products
  • Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF)

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