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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

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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
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25.1 ° C
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25.1 °
76 %
2.8kmh
74 %
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36 °
Thu
36 °
Fri
34 °
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37 °
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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
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Prophet's BirthdayProphet's BirthdayVariable
EasterEasterVariable
Easter MondayEaster MondayVariable
Eid ul-FitrEid ul-FitrVariable

 

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Benin Covid-19 / Coronavirus

Benin
26,952
Total confirmed cases
Updated on
Benin
1,283
Total active cases
Updated on
Country/Region
Confirmed cases
Deaths
Active cases
Afghanistan
179,716
7,698
9,277
Albania
275,939
3,497
260
Algeria
265,855
6,875
80,594
Andorra
42,572
153
662
Angola
99,194
1,900
145
Anguilla
3,203
9
52
Antigua and Barbuda
7,982
138
193
Argentina
9,178,795
128,825
153,971
Armenia
422,939
8,624
2,075
Aruba
36,316
213
295
Australia
7,025,763
8,178
409,195
Austria
4,237,360
18,607
41,173
Azerbaijan
792,714
9,710
47
Bahamas
34,303
810
866
Bahrain
582,287
1,484
4,158
Bangladesh
1,953,298
29,130
22,783
Barbados
79,049
440
3,837
Belarus
982,867
6,978
975,889
Belgium
4,143,408
31,710
109,905
Belize
58,617
677
968
Benin
26,952
163
1,283
Bermuda
14,442
137
360
Bhutan
59,614
21
29
Bolivia
907,465
21,945
18,957
Bosnia
377,769
15,786
361,983
Botswana
306,614
2,692
303
Brazil
30,836,815
665,905
318,993
British Virgin Islands
6,690
62
6,628
Brunei
147,021
222
1,633
Bulgaria
1,163,706
37,106
82,245
Burkina Faso
20,853
382
32
Burundi
41,850
38
41,812
Cabo Verde
56,172
401
102
Cambodia
136,262
3,056
5
Cameroon
119,780
1,927
62
Canada
3,851,302
40,706
290,182
Caribbean Netherlands
10,044
35
50
Cayman Islands
24,477
28
15,896
Central African Republic
14,649
113
7,677
Chad
7,417
193
2,350
Channel Islands
75,767
176
612
Chile
3,651,076
57,813
104,580
China
223,488
5,224
3,956
Colombia
6,099,111
139,833
28,733
Comoros
8,100
160
7
Congo
24,079
385
3,516
Cook Islands
5,543
1
109
Costa Rica
877,533
8,472
21,026
Croatia
1,134,541
15,970
2,479
Cuba
1,105,047
8,529
300
Curaçao
43,522
276
624
Cyprus
477,711
1,032
352,309
Czechia
3,918,537
40,270
1,563
Côte d'Ivoire
82,070
799
36
DRC
87,633
1,338
35,365
Denmark
2,981,571
6,335
7,915
Diamond Princess
712
13
0
Djibouti
15,631
189
15
Dominica
13,752
63
501
Dominican Republic
581,647
4,377
801
Ecuador
874,719
35,617
839,102
Egypt
515,645
24,613
48,850
El Salvador
162,089
4,131
7,296
Equatorial Guinea
15,910
183
23
Eritrea
9,755
103
8
Estonia
576,047
2,561
55,298
Ethiopia
471,527
7,512
8,196
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
1,512
0
1,512
Faroe Islands
34,658
28
34,630
Fiji
64,898
862
1,026
Finland
1,081,225
4,406
1,076,819
France
29,391,365
148,005
585,587
French Guiana
82,313
397
70,662
French Polynesia
72,876
649
72,227
Gabon
47,622
304
15
Gambia
11,999
365
43
Georgia
1,655,221
16,811
1,117
Germany
26,151,347
138,860
1,180,187
Ghana
161,351
1,445
41
Gibraltar
18,273
102
1,592
Greece
3,427,857
29,725
47,249
Greenland
11,971
21
9,189
Grenada
17,234
223
1,042
Guadeloupe
140,130
854
137,026
Guatemala
856,576
17,969
2,573
Guinea
36,597
442
42
Guinea-Bissau
8,246
171
46
Guyana
64,297
1,231
551
Haiti
30,746
835
260
Holy See (Vatican City State)
29
0
0
Honduras
424,859
10,896
281,562
Hong Kong
1,210,836
9,370
1,201,466
Hungary
1,914,697
46,446
37,448
Iceland
187,664
153
187,511
India
43,140,068
524,490
14,841
Indonesia
6,053,109
156,548
2,933
Iran
7,230,589
141,288
51,765
Iraq
2,327,486
25,218
1,086
Ireland
1,551,835
7,244
18,416
Isle of Man
28,416
105
1,517
Israel
4,127,026
10,833
17,331
Italy
17,288,287
166,127
811,720
Jamaica
134,660
3,032
45,583
Japan
8,641,599
30,337
332,850
Jordan
1,694,216
14,048
1,227
Kazakhstan
1,305,701
13,661
155
Kenya
324,349
5,651
338
Kiribati
3,098
13
483
Kuwait
632,781
2,555
531
Kyrgyzstan
200,993
2,991
1,596
Lao People's Democratic Republic
209,823
754
209,069
Latvia
827,437
5,817
2,486
Lebanon
1,098,710
10,420
2,305
Lesotho
32,910
697
8,058
Liberia
7,455
294
1,414
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
501,904
6,430
4,501
Liechtenstein
17,417
84
37
Lithuania
1,061,779
9,137
17,217
Luxembourg
244,182
1,073
7,170
MS Zaandam
9
2
0
Macao
82
0
0
Macedonia
311,350
9,297
508
Madagascar
64,314
1,393
3,551
Malawi
85,943
2,639
455
Malaysia
4,494,782
35,647
24,940
Maldives
179,662
298
15,677
Mali
31,058
734
161
Malta
94,205
719
2,088
Marshall Islands
17
0
3
Martinique
164,411
931
163,376
Mauritania
59,068
982
280
Mauritius
37,998
996
670
Mayotte
37,523
187
34,372
Mexico
5,759,773
324,768
380,196
Micronesia
30
0
0
Moldova
518,793
11,521
3,130
Monaco
12,124
57
58
Mongolia
469,885
2,179
154,450
Montenegro
236,762
2,719
639
Montserrat
915
4
162
Morocco
1,166,716
16,075
985
Mozambique
225,600
2,203
78
Myanmar
613,238
19,434
1,583
N. Korea
2,948,900
68
400,242
Namibia
164,953
4,033
2,967
Nauru
8
0
0
Nepal
979,087
11,952
133
Netherlands
8,078,973
22,309
39,754
New Caledonia
61,514
312
582
New Zealand
1,113,828
1,031
53,083
Nicaragua
18,491
225
14,041
Niger
9,031
310
93
Nigeria
255,937
3,143
2,798
Niue
9
0
0
Norway
1,431,697
3,094
1,428,603
Oman
389,473
4,260
544
Pakistan
1,529,896
30,379
3,394
Palau
4,967
6
721
Palestine
582,363
5,356
128
Panama
832,045
8,229
26,614
Papua New Guinea
44,403
651
19
Paraguay
650,283
18,885
6,725
Peru
3,576,042
213,106
3,362,936
Philippines
3,689,281
60,455
2,235
Poland
6,006,015
116,284
554,450
Portugal
4,066,674
22,583
4,044,091
Qatar
367,436
677
1,100
Romania
2,906,776
65,663
2,841,113
Russia
18,301,393
378,516
222,505
Rwanda
129,999
1,459
83,018
Réunion
411,363
770
6,798
S. Korea
17,993,985
24,006
529,184
Saint Helena
2
0
0
Saint Kitts and Nevis
5,671
43
58
Saint Lucia
25,132
370
716
Saint Martin
10,668
63
9,206
Saint Pierre Miquelon
2,748
1
298
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
6,848
106
101
Samoa
12,382
25
10,752
San Marino
17,021
115
183
Sao Tome and Principe
5,982
73
9
Saudi Arabia
764,249
9,134
6,544
Senegal
86,087
1,966
24
Serbia
2,015,711
16,070
6,966
Seychelles
43,729
167
522
Sierra Leone
7,682
125
7,557
Singapore
1,278,113
1,378
79,651
Sint Maarten
10,189
86
35
Slovakia
1,788,686
20,083
3,149
Slovenia
1,023,191
6,631
6,122
Solomon Islands
18,174
146
1,671
Somalia
26,521
1,350
11,989
South Africa
3,935,761
101,002
54,600
South Sudan
17,573
138
3,921
Spain
12,238,073
105,947
511,851
Sri Lanka
663,779
16,513
325
St. Barth
4,630
6
4,624
Sudan
62,229
4,939
57,290
Suriname
80,240
1,339
29,435
Swaziland
72,202
1,404
415
Sweden
2,506,607
18,908
7,003
Switzerland
3,650,661
13,948
51,956
Syrian Arab Republic
55,880
3,150
120
Taiwan
1,469,019
1,478
1,266,681
Tajikistan
17,388
124
0
Tanzania
35,354
840
34,514
Thailand
4,419,737
29,814
47,876
Timor-Leste
22,890
131
11
Togo
37,049
273
26
Tonga
11,500
11
614
Trinidad and Tobago
158,668
3,895
9,311
Tunisia
1,041,789
28,628
1,013,161
Turkey
15,064,507
98,935
3,377
Turks and Caicos Islands
6,097
36
35
Tuvalu
3
0
3
UAE
905,468
2,302
13,904
UK
22,238,715
177,977
209,869
USA
85,145,035
1,029,269
2,380,002
Uganda
164,069
3,596
60,268
Ukraine
5,011,433
108,538
4,902,895
Uruguay
902,540
7,213
2,893
Uzbekistan
238,945
1,637
140
Vanuatu
8,735
14
202
Venezuela
523,377
5,716
1,105
Vietnam
10,711,389
43,076
1,255,910
Wallis and Futuna
454
7
9
Western Sahara
10
1
0
Yemen
11,819
2,149
628
Zambia
321,195
3,985
582
Zimbabwe
250,702
5,495
2,114
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