Where is Benin?

Located in Western Africa, Benin has a 2,123.00 km border with Burkina Faso (386 km), Niger (277 km), Nigeria (809 km) and Togo (651 km).Talks continue between Benin and Togo on funding the Adjrala hydroelectric dam on the Mona River.

Benin is an African country covering 112,622.00 km2 of which 1.78% is water and 110,622.00 km2 is land. This makes it the 103rd largest country in the world and slightly smaller than Pennsylvania. Its geographic coordinates are 9 30 N, 2 15 E and Porto-Novo is the capital city.

The country is named for the Bight of Benin, the body of water upon which the country lies.

Its ISO code is BJ.


Benin has a mean elevation of 273 m above sea level. Its lowest elevation is Atlantic Ocean. Its highest elevation is Mont Sokbaro which is 658m above tall.

It has a tropical climate which is hot and muggy in the south and semiarid in the north. Its terrain is mostly flat with some hills and low mountains.


Benin has a population of 10,741,458 making it the 85th largest in the world.

French is the official language; Fon and Yoruba are also widely spoken. The major ethnic groups are Fon, Adja, and Yoruba. The country is mostly made up of Muslims, Catholics, and Protestants.

The dialing code for the country is 229.


Benin is an independent country. It gained independence from France in 1960. Its constitution was last ratified in 1990.


Factoring in Purchasing Power Parity, Benin's GDP is $24,310,000,000.00 (USD) with $2,200.00 (USD) per capita. This makes it the 140th largest economy and its citizens the 194th richest in the world. The currency of Benin is the Franc (XOF).

Its major export partners are India, Gabon, and China. Its main exports are cotton, cashews, and shea butter. Its major import partners are China, the United States, and India. Its major imports include foodstuffs, capital goods, and petroleum products.

This page was last modified on September 6th, 2017