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Atakora mountains, North Benin, close to Batia, Pendjari Nationalpark

Benin (official name: the Republic of Benin) is a country located in the western part of Africa. Until 1975, it was as Dahomey or Dahomania. It covers an area of 112,622 km² and its population is 8,439,000 (2005). Benin has many ethnic groups, and the present population is a mixture of many such groups. The people of Benin have developed a distinct martial culture which is rarely found in other parts of Africa.


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  • Currency: CFA franc (XOF)
  • Time zone: WAT (UTC+1)
  • Official language(s): French

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