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République du Bénin
Republic of Benin
Flag of Benin Coat of arms of Benin
Flag Coat of arms
Motto: Fraternité, Justice, Travail
(French: "Fellowship, Justice, Labour")
Anthem: L'Aube Nouvelle
Location of Benin
Capital Porto Novo, Cotonou1
6°28′N 2°36′E
Largest city Cotonou
Official language(s) French
Government Multiparty dem. rule
- President Yayi Boni
Independence From France
- Date August 1, 1960
Area
- Total 112,620 km² (101st)
43,483 sq mi
- Water (%) 1.8
Population
- July 2005 est. 8,439,000 2 (89th)
- 2002 census 6,769,914
- Density 69.8/km² (102nd 3)
180.8/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2005 estimate
- Total $8.669 billion (146th)
- Per capita $1,100 (206th)
HDI (2003) 0.431 (162nd) – low
Currency CFA franc (XOF)
Time zone (UTC+ 1)
Internet TLD .bj
Calling code +229
1. Cotonou is the seat of government.
2. Note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected
3. Rank based on 2005 estimate.
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