Flag of Benin

Benin Flag Description. Two equal horizontal bands of yellow (top) and red (bottom) with a vertical green band on the hoist side.

Map of Benin
Meaning of Country’s nameBenin was named after the ‘Bight of Benin’ in 1975 based on the body of water on which it lies on.
CapitalPorto Novo
Largest CitiesCotonou, Porto Novo
Country Code229
Internet Country
Area42,985 mi² (112,622 km²)
Area-ComparativeSlightly smaller than Pennsylvania
Bordering CountriesNigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Togo
Date of Founding Current StateAugust 1, 1960
Type of GovernmentDemocratic Republic
Languages SpokenFrench, Fon, Bariba, Pulaar
Religions PracticedChristian, Islam, Vudan, and traditional beliefs
GDP per Capita$1,600 (est. 2013)
Latest GDP Growth Rate5% (est. 2013)
Top ExportsCotton, Mineral Fuels, Oils
National HolidaysNew Year’s Jan. 1, Traditional Day Jan. 10, Labor Day May 1, Ascension May 25, Whit Monday June 5, Independence Day Aug. 1, Assumption Aug. 15, Armed Forces Day Oct. 26, All Saints’ Day Nov. 30, and Christmas Day Dec. 25
Money CurrencyCFA Franc BCEAO
National Sport TeamsNational Football Team and Davis Cup Team
Random FactThere are no natural harbors in Benin.

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