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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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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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33.8 ° C
33.8 °
33.8 °
32 %
2.4kmh
14 %
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33 °
Tue
34 °
Wed
34 °
Thu
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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
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
2,557
Total confirmed cases
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Benin
186
Total active cases
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Confirmed cases
Deaths
Active cases
Afghanistan
40,937
1,518
5,269
Albania
19,157
477
8,026
Algeria
56,143
1,914
15,134
Andorra
4,038
69
1,240
Angola
9,381
268
5,605
Anguilla
3
0
0
Antigua and Barbuda
124
3
13
Argentina
1,090,589
28,896
166,874
Armenia
78,810
1,196
26,452
Aruba
4,420
36
175
Australia
27,528
905
1,424
Austria
83,267
992
23,239
Azerbaijan
50,486
679
8,397
Bahamas
6,410
132
2,330
Bahrain
80,255
315
3,164
Bangladesh
400,251
5,818
77,833
Barbados
227
7
12
Belarus
93,707
961
8,998
Belgium
321,031
10,810
287,134
Belize
3,145
50
1,134
Benin
2,557
41
186
Bermuda
190
9
6
Bhutan
342
0
35
Bolivia
140,853
8,645
23,550
Bosnia
41,596
1,104
13,950
Botswana
5,923
21
4,975
Brazil
5,394,128
157,163
401,050
British Virgin Islands
71
1
0
Brunei
148
3
2
Bulgaria
37,889
1,094
18,441
Burkina Faso
2,451
65
367
Burundi
557
1
45
Cabo Verde
8,396
94
1,017
Cambodia
287
0
4
Cameroon
21,570
425
1,028
Canada
216,104
9,946
24,729
Caribbean Netherlands
150
3
26
Cayman Islands
239
1
23
Central African Republic
4,862
62
2,876
Chad
1,437
96
73
Channel Islands
795
48
76
Chile
502,063
13,944
9,867
China
85,810
4,634
265
Colombia
1,015,885
30,154
70,280
Comoros
517
7
16
Congo
5,253
92
1,274
Costa Rica
103,088
1,282
39,769
Croatia
37,208
452
10,919
Cuba
6,566
128
440
Curaçao
858
1
273
Cyprus
3,545
25
1,638
Czechia
258,097
2,201
158,515
Côte d'Ivoire
20,470
122
182
DRC
11,174
305
401
Denmark
40,356
702
7,669
Diamond Princess
712
13
40
Djibouti
5,536
61
73
Dominica
38
0
9
Dominican Republic
124,527
2,223
19,653
Ecuador
161,635
12,553
7,323
Egypt
106,540
6,199
1,438
El Salvador
32,925
953
3,390
Equatorial Guinea
5,079
83
34
Eritrea
461
0
56
Estonia
4,428
73
850
Ethiopia
93,343
1,426
44,374
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
13
0
0
Faroe Islands
490
0
12
Fiji
33
2
1
Finland
14,970
353
4,817
France
1,138,507
34,761
993,424
French Guiana
10,376
69
312
French Polynesia
5,859
20
2,154
Gabon
8,919
54
353
Gambia
3,660
119
881
Georgia
30,303
215
18,718
Germany
440,499
10,146
108,753
Ghana
47,690
316
487
Gibraltar
670
0
138
Greece
30,782
574
20,219
Greenland
17
0
1
Grenada
28
0
4
Guadeloupe
7,329
115
5,015
Guatemala
104,787
3,644
6,926
Guinea
11,635
71
1,090
Guinea-Bissau
2,403
41
544
Guyana
4,023
119
934
Haiti
9,026
232
1,421
Holy See (Vatican City State)
27
0
12
Honduras
93,214
2,623
52,595
Hong Kong
5,304
105
149
Hungary
61,563
1,472
43,600
Iceland
4,504
11
1,030
India
7,911,104
119,057
654,819
Indonesia
392,934
13,411
61,851
Iran
574,856
32,953
82,653
Iraq
455,398
10,671
60,134
Ireland
57,128
1,882
31,882
Isle of Man
348
24
3
Israel
310,254
2,404
14,004
Italy
525,782
37,338
222,241
Jamaica
8,714
188
4,244
Japan
96,534
1,711
5,541
Jordan
53,087
579
45,000
Kazakhstan
110,542
1,796
3,071
Kenya
49,721
902
14,610
Kuwait
122,317
749
8,177
Kyrgyzstan
56,170
1,134
7,193
Lao People's Democratic Republic
24
0
2
Latvia
4,757
60
3,340
Lebanon
71,390
565
36,022
Lesotho
1,940
43
927
Liberia
1,393
82
33
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
57,223
801
24,907
Liechtenstein
402
1
191
Lithuania
10,949
136
6,647
Luxembourg
14,204
145
4,974
MS Zaandam
9
2
7
Macao
46
0
0
Macedonia
26,954
919
7,408
Madagascar
16,968
244
423
Malawi
5,890
183
416
Malaysia
27,805
236
9,744
Maldives
11,505
37
944
Mali
3,490
132
697
Malta
5,578
53
1,895
Martinique
2,257
24
2,135
Mauritania
7,664
163
116
Mauritius
435
10
39
Mayotte
4,321
44
1,313
Mexico
891,160
88,924
151,881
Moldova
71,503
1,685
17,528
Monaco
306
2
60
Mongolia
339
0
27
Montenegro
16,797
266
3,756
Montserrat
13
1
0
Morocco
197,481
3,301
30,985
Mozambique
11,986
86
2,647
Myanmar
44,774
1,095
18,759
Namibia
12,660
133
1,748
Nepal
159,830
862
43,293
Netherlands
291,254
7,046
284,208
New Caledonia
27
0
0
New Zealand
1,940
25
74
Nicaragua
5,434
155
1,054
Niger
1,215
69
18
Nigeria
61,992
1,130
3,397
Norway
17,909
279
5,767
Oman
113,354
1,190
12,496
Pakistan
328,602
6,739
10,788
Palestine
50,952
454
6,443
Panama
129,200
2,633
21,336
Papua New Guinea
588
7
35
Paraguay
59,594
1,309
18,550
Peru
888,715
34,149
46,930
Philippines
371,630
7,039
36,333
Poland
263,929
4,483
144,144
Portugal
118,686
2,316
47,493
Qatar
131,432
230
2,859
Romania
212,492
6,470
54,211
Russia
1,531,224
26,269
358,859
Rwanda
5,066
34
202
Réunion
5,149
20
499
S. Korea
25,955
457
1,593
Saint Kitts and Nevis
19
0
0
Saint Lucia
54
0
27
Saint Martin
538
8
108
Saint Pierre Miquelon
16
0
4
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
73
0
7
San Marino
819
42
61
Sao Tome and Principe
940
15
23
Saudi Arabia
345,232
5,313
8,228
Senegal
15,565
322
927
Serbia
39,486
792
7,158
Seychelles
153
0
4
Sierra Leone
2,346
74
485
Singapore
57,973
28
87
Sint Maarten
784
22
57
Slovakia
45,155
165
34,860
Slovenia
24,080
251
15,247
Solomon Islands
4
0
1
Somalia
3,941
104
652
South Africa
715,868
18,968
50,730
South Sudan
2,883
56
1,537
Spain
1,110,372
34,752
1,075,620
Sri Lanka
7,872
16
3,923
St. Barth
77
0
11
Sudan
13,742
837
6,141
Suriname
5,170
109
29
Swaziland
5,854
116
236
Sweden
110,594
5,933
104,661
Switzerland
121,093
2,090
57,303
Syrian Arab Republic
5,408
269
3,386
Taiwan
550
7
46
Tajikistan
10,819
81
787
Tanzania
509
21
305
Thailand
3,743
59
141
Timor-Leste
29
0
1
Togo
2,200
52
548
Trinidad and Tobago
5,511
105
1,321
Tunisia
52,399
983
46,384
Turkey
361,801
9,799
37,612
Turks and Caicos Islands
701
6
6
UAE
126,234
480
5,004
UK
873,800
44,896
828,904
USA
8,889,577
230,510
2,886,350
Uganda
11,557
101
4,105
Ukraine
348,924
6,464
199,923
Uruguay
2,851
53
447
Uzbekistan
65,480
550
2,315
Venezuela
89,565
773
4,845
Vietnam
1,169
35
73
Wallis and Futuna
1
0
0
Western Sahara
10
1
1
Yemen
2,060
599
101
Zambia
16,200
348
407
Zimbabwe
8,276
237
242
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