Benin: Basic data

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Country Data and Maps
Institution
Economist Intelligence Unit
Abstract
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Topic
Summary, Basic Data, Economy, Background
Political Geography
Benin

Land area

112,622 sq km

Population

11.8m (UN, 2019)

Main towns

Population in '000 (2012 World Gazetteer estimates)

Cotonou: 789.7

Abomey-Calavi: 468.6

Porto Novo (capital): 271.1

Climate

Tropical, drier in the north

Weather in Cotonou (altitude 7 metres)

Hottest month, March, 26-28°C; coldest month, August, 23-25°C; driest month, December, 13 mm average rainfall; wettest month, June, 366 mm average rainfall

Languages

French, Fon, Yoruba and others

Measures

Metric system

Currency

CFA franc (CFAfr), the common currency of the Union économique et monétaire ouest­africaine (UEMOA); tied to the euro at a fixed exchange rate of CFAfr655.957:EUR1. In 2019 the currency averaged CFAfr586:US$1. UEMOA has postponed its plans of adopting a new currency-the eco, but no target launch date has been set. According to the regional heads of state, when adopted, the eco will remain pegged to the euro at the same level as the CFA franc

Time

1 hour ahead of GMT

Public holidays

Fixed: January 1st, January 10th (Vodoun Day), May 1st (Labour Day), August 1st (Independence Day), August 15th (Assumption), November 1st (All Saints' Day), December 25th (Christmas Day)

Variable (according to Christian and Muslim calendars): Eid al-Adha (Tabaski), Prophet's Birthday, Eid al-Fitr, Easter Monday, Ascension Day, Whit Monday


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