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Population numbers: 10.3 million
How many square miles: 44,310 square miles
Geography fast facts (uniqueness):
The languages spoken in Benin are French, Fon and Yoruba.
Benin gained its independence from France on August 1, 1960.
The flag of Benin was first officially raised on their independence day to replace the French flag.
Benin official currency is the CFA Franc.
Benin is known as the Republic of Benin (formerly known as Dahomey)
The most popular national sport in Benin is soccer.
The colors of the flag are green, red and yellow. Green smybolizes for hope for renewal, the red denotes the ancestors’ courage, and the yellow represents the country’s richest treasures.
Benin’s largest city is the city of Cotonou.
Benin has a tropical climate with a humid and hot weather throughout the year.
Capital City: Porto-Novo is the capital of Benin, and was the capital of French Dahomey. The commune covers an area of 110 square kilometres and as of 2002 had a population of 223,552 people.
Religion: According to the 2002 census, the population of Benin is 27.1% Catholic, 24.4% Muslim, 17.3% Vodoun, 10.4% Protestant (which includes Celestial 5%, Methodist 3.2%, and other Protestant 2.2%), 5.3% of other Christian denominations, and 15.5% of other religions.