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Benin

Benin
Standards
Road Traffic:right side
Electricity:
Voltage:220V
Frequency:50 Hz
Plug types:E,
Geography

Location:
Western Africa, bordering the Bight of Benin, between Nigeria and Togo
Area:
total: 112,620 sq km
land: 110,620 sq km
water: 2,000 sq km
Climate:
tropical; hot, humid in south; semiarid in north
Terrain:
mostly flat to undulating plain; some hills and low mountains
Economy
GDP: $8.553 billion (2005 est.)
GDP growth rate: 3.5% (2005 est.)
GDP per capita: $1,100 (2005 est.)
Inflation rate: 3.5% (2005 est.)
Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (XOF); note - responsible authority is the Central Bank of the West African States
Exchange rates:
Communaute Financiere Africaine francs (XOF) per US dollar - 527.47 (2005), 528.29 (2004), 581.2 (2003), 696.99 (2002), 733.04 (2001)
People
Population:
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 (July 2006 est.)
Growth rate: 2.73% (2006 est.)
Religions:
indigenous beliefs 50%, Christian 30%, Muslim 20%
Languages:
French (official), Fon and Yoruba (most common vernaculars in south), tribal languages (at least six major ones in north)
Government
Capital:
name: Porto-Novo (official capital)
time difference: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
note: Cotonou (seat of government)
Independence:
1 August 1960 (from France)


Note: Information on Benin was mainly sourced from CIA's World Factbook and may represent an American point of view. To learn more about Benin, please visit one of the links below.


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