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Once known as Dahomey, Benin was renamed in 1975 as a way to provide its three areas of different ethnic and political systems a foundation of neutrality. For centuries before the Colonial period, the kings of this nation would sell captives and prisoners directly into slavery, shipping them to the New World.

That brought wealth and power to the nation, but it was fleeting. Nearly a century of political upheaval and colonial change brought state centralization to Benin’s business community. By 1979, almost all economic activity became state controlled. People fled and the money dried up. To stay afloat, the government of Benin took nuclear waste disposal contracts from the Soviet Union.

It wouldn’t be until 2006 when an election that was labeled as being “free” and “fair was held in Benin. The country has continued to stabilize since then, with constitutional reforms helping to shape future governments so it can become less centralized.

Visiting Benin means a rare opportunity to view ancient ruins from the kingdoms of Dahomey. It is also the birthplace of Vodun beliefs, which means the “voodoo” culture is quite strong in the country. The market in Contonou has almost anything one might ever need for any purpose.

The best way to visit Benin is to be with someone local whom you trust. Hired tourist guides can help show which areas are safe and which prices are fair. The country is generally peaceful, but more than the usual precautions should generally be taken.

With enough planning, Benin can be a profound experience.

Travel and vacation in Benin

Here you can find information about travel and holiday trips to Benin. You will find travel deals as well as general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts about Benin. You will also find updated current weather and forecasts.

Map and distances

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City Guides

Porto-Novo

#Porto-Novo Visit Porto-Novo The capital of Benin, sometimes called Ajashe or Hogbonu, has a beautiful coastal location. The atmosphere is somewhat laid-back compared to other cities...

Good to know

National Tourist Information Benin

Traveladvisor in Benin: There is no official Tourism Information in Benin A search leads to a private tourism office WEBSITE FACEBOOK TWITTER YOUTUBE FLICKR PINTEREST INSTAGRAM

Weather and forecast

Benin
clear sky
23.5 ° C
23.5 °
23.5 °
19 %
1.8kmh
9 %
Thu
38 °
Fri
38 °
Sat
38 °
Sun
39 °
Mon
22 °

Largest cities

See the list of the largest and most important cities in the country, and the size of the cities by population.

Important: the informations are from various external sources. If you are using the informations professional please seek official confirmation whether the figures are actual or not. Last update august 2017

RankCityPop
1Cotonou780.000
2Abomey-Calavi385.755
3Djougou 237.04
4Porto-Novo234.168
5Parakou163.753
6Bohicon125.092
7Kandi109.701
8Lokossa86.971
9Ouidah83.503
10Abomey82.154

Official National Holidays

Below you can see the list with official national holidays in the country.

DateEnglishRemarks
January 1New Year's DayFixed
January 10Traditional DayFixed
May 1Labor DayFixed
May 25AscensionFixed
June 5Whit MondayFixed
August 1Independence DayFixed
August 15AssumptionFixed
October 26Armed Forces DayFixed
November 1All Saints' DayFixed
November 30National DayFixed
December 25Christmas DayFixed
December 26Boxing DayFixed
Eid ul-AdhaEid ul-AdhaVariable
Prophet's BirthdayProphet's BirthdayVariable
EasterEasterVariable
Easter MondayEaster MondayVariable
Eid ul-FitrEid ul-FitrVariable

 

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Benin Covid-19 / Coronavirus

Benin
3,643
Total confirmed cases
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Benin
278
Total active cases
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Deaths
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2,397
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74,567
1,339
27,845
Algeria
106,097
2,871
30,890
Andorra
9,716
98
767
Angola
19,580
462
1,516
Anguilla
16
0
1
Antigua and Barbuda
215
6
35
Argentina
1,885,210
47,253
163,402
Armenia
166,427
3,056
7,318
Aruba
6,809
58
373
Australia
28,785
909
1,857
Austria
408,781
7,564
14,866
Azerbaijan
229,584
3,105
4,762
Bahamas
8,161
175
1,232
Bahrain
101,116
371
3,408
Bangladesh
533,444
8,072
47,437
Barbados
1,443
11
353
Belarus
241,133
1,678
12,387
Belgium
696,642
20,879
627,539
Belize
11,788
293
308
Benin
3,643
48
278
Bermuda
688
12
30
Bhutan
856
1
91
Bolivia
205,208
10,105
42,548
Bosnia
120,864
4,643
22,564
Botswana
20,658
124
3,740
Brazil
8,996,876
220,161
978,060
British Virgin Islands
114
1
18
Brunei
176
3
4
Bulgaria
216,416
8,916
26,505
Burkina Faso
10,157
118
1,567
Burundi
1,542
2
767
Cabo Verde
13,619
129
649
Cambodia
460
0
48
Cameroon
29,617
462
1,110
Canada
760,020
19,505
58,304
Caribbean Netherlands
360
3
113
Cayman Islands
384
2
26
Central African Republic
4,980
63
32
Chad
3,269
117
817
Channel Islands
3,525
79
219
Chile
709,888
18,040
25,049
China
89,272
4,636
1,862
Colombia
2,055,305
52,523
122,741
Comoros
2,492
81
915
Congo
7,887
117
1,924
Costa Rica
191,345
2,567
38,970
Croatia
230,359
4,913
3,050
Cuba
23,439
204
4,910
Curaçao
4,558
20
96
Cyprus
30,252
190
28,005
Czechia
956,155
15,791
98,846
Côte d'Ivoire
27,455
151
1,916
DRC
22,048
661
6,419
Denmark
196,540
2,050
10,843
Diamond Princess
712
13
0
Djibouti
5,923
62
20
Dominica
113
0
8
Dominican Republic
207,455
2,579
54,072
Ecuador
242,146
14,668
23,407
Egypt
163,129
9,067
26,629
El Salvador
53,989
1,589
4,757
Equatorial Guinea
5,492
86
138
Eritrea
2,085
7
529
Estonia
41,966
398
9,873
Ethiopia
135,045
2,083
11,368
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
41
0
7
Faroe Islands
654
1
8
Fiji
55
2
0
Finland
43,616
660
11,956
France
3,106,859
74,456
2,811,833
French Guiana
15,857
76
5,786
French Polynesia
17,961
131
12,988
Gabon
10,411
67
331
Gambia
4,012
128
131
Georgia
255,564
3,108
6,929
Germany
2,179,679
55,358
258,321
Ghana
62,751
377
3,813
Gibraltar
4,057
70
525
Greece
154,083
5,724
6,191
Greenland
30
0
0
Grenada
148
1
12
Guadeloupe
9,097
154
6,701
Guatemala
155,459
5,486
9,665
Guinea
14,417
82
466
Guinea-Bissau
2,532
45
66
Guyana
7,380
174
718
Haiti
11,331
243
2,078
Holy See (Vatican City State)
27
0
12
Honduras
142,880
3,486
78,797
Hong Kong
10,283
175
946
Hungary
361,881
12,198
103,087
Iceland
6,000
29
56
India
10,701,840
153,875
175,361
Indonesia
1,024,298
28,855
164,113
Iran
1,392,314
57,651
151,200
Iraq
616,259
13,018
16,914
Ireland
191,182
3,120
164,698
Isle of Man
432
25
30
Israel
621,590
4,605
74,640
Italy
2,501,147
86,889
477,969
Jamaica
15,241
342
2,957
Japan
371,680
5,252
58,264
Jordan
323,111
4,262
7,769
Kazakhstan
181,117
2,476
15,485
Kenya
100,323
1,751
14,881
Kuwait
162,862
957
6,166
Kyrgyzstan
84,175
1,405
2,440
Lao People's Democratic Republic
44
0
3
Latvia
63,027
1,138
10,766
Lebanon
289,660
2,553
117,040
Lesotho
8,047
146
5,503
Liberia
1,936
84
95
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
116,064
1,802
18,856
Liechtenstein
2,458
52
78
Lithuania
179,212
2,716
52,934
Luxembourg
50,089
571
2,216
MS Zaandam
9
2
0
Macao
47
0
1
Macedonia
91,555
2,821
8,726
Madagascar
18,743
279
534
Malawi
21,660
555
13,856
Malaysia
194,114
707
42,389
Maldives
15,390
51
1,373
Mali
8,006
327
1,948
Malta
17,192
258
2,682
Marshall Islands
4
0
0
Martinique
6,402
45
6,259
Mauritania
16,460
418
651
Mauritius
568
10
33
Mayotte
7,884
60
4,860
Mexico
1,788,905
152,016
288,229
Micronesia
1
0
1
Moldova
157,626
3,396
6,366
Monaco
1,413
10
223
Mongolia
1,667
2
429
Montenegro
59,825
783
7,655
Montserrat
13
1
0
Morocco
468,383
8,207
13,995
Mozambique
34,926
336
12,096
Myanmar
138,802
3,089
12,543
Namibia
33,265
332
1,723
Nepal
270,375
2,020
3,286
Netherlands
961,593
13,733
947,860
New Caledonia
44
0
1
New Zealand
2,295
25
69
Nicaragua
6,253
169
1,859
Niger
4,407
153
710
Nigeria
124,299
1,522
23,501
Norway
61,809
556
7,954
Oman
133,574
1,525
5,563
Pakistan
537,477
11,450
33,820
Palestine
156,996
1,808
8,254
Panama
313,834
5,137
45,202
Papua New Guinea
851
9
30
Paraguay
129,394
2,651
22,173
Peru
1,107,239
40,107
44,396
Philippines
518,407
10,481
32,384
Poland
1,489,512
36,054
207,191
Portugal
668,951
11,305
172,893
Qatar
149,933
248
4,434
Romania
718,612
18,015
38,197
Russia
3,774,672
71,076
501,113
Rwanda
14,166
183
4,941
Réunion
9,843
45
537
S. Korea
76,429
1,378
9,573
Saint Kitts and Nevis
37
0
2
Saint Lucia
969
13
463
Saint Martin
1,146
12
128
Saint Pierre Miquelon
23
0
7
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
798
2
631
Samoa
2
0
0
San Marino
2,915
65
190
Sao Tome and Principe
1,221
17
197
Saudi Arabia
367,023
6,363
2,115
Senegal
25,407
601
3,681
Serbia
389,045
3,944
353,565
Seychelles
1,116
3
359
Sierra Leone
3,236
77
922
Singapore
59,391
29
258
Sint Maarten
1,767
27
129
Slovakia
241,392
4,361
34,883
Slovenia
161,662
3,425
17,884
Solomon Islands
17
0
7
Somalia
4,754
130
958
South Africa
1,430,648
42,550
124,622
South Sudan
3,788
64
182
Spain
2,774,014
57,291
2,716,723
Sri Lanka
60,694
290
7,838
St. Barth
300
1
95
Sudan
26,671
1,760
3,975
Suriname
8,174
150
647
Swaziland
15,051
522
4,829
Sweden
560,472
11,425
549,047
Switzerland
517,705
9,259
190,846
Syrian Arab Republic
13,823
900
5,663
Taiwan
893
7
83
Tajikistan
13,308
90
0
Tanzania
509
21
305
Thailand
15,465
76
4,335
Timor-Leste
67
0
17
Togo
4,682
76
601
Trinidad and Tobago
7,509
134
298
Tunisia
202,323
6,446
44,663
Turkey
2,449,839
25,476
93,049
Turks and Caicos Islands
1,312
8
284
UAE
289,086
811
24,545
UK
3,715,054
101,887
1,939,231
USA
26,130,188
438,508
9,826,035
Uganda
39,314
318
24,882
Ukraine
1,200,883
22,202
198,596
Uruguay
38,680
401
7,418
Uzbekistan
78,510
621
892
Vanuatu
1
0
0
Venezuela
124,525
1,159
6,581
Vietnam
1,551
35
86
Wallis and Futuna
5
0
1
Western Sahara
10
1
1
Yemen
2,120
615
80
Zambia
48,911
688
6,941
Zimbabwe
32,304
1,122
7,495
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