Benin | Republic of Benin | République du Bénin (French)

Capital: Porto-Novo

Largest city: Cotonou (779,314)

Official language: French

Other languages: Indigenous minority languages

Ethnic groups: 39.2% Fon, 15.2% Adja, 12.3% Yoruba, 9.2% Bariba, 7.0% Fula, 6.1% Ottamari, 4.0 % Yoa/Lokpa, 2.5% Dendi, 4.5% others

Religions: Catholic Christianity (31.9%), Protestant Christianity (27.1%), African traditional religion (22.3%), Moorish Christianity (9.4%), Others (2.8%), Non-religious (6.5%)

Demonym: Beninese

Government: Republic | Unitary presidential

President: Thomas Yayi Boni

Prime Minister: Pascal Koupaki

Legislature: National Assembly

Independence (from France): 1 August 1960

Area: 114,763 sq km

Population (2013): 10,323,000

Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF)

Internet TLD: .bj

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