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Coat of Arms

 Fraternité, Justice, Travail

"Brotherhood, Justice, Work"

Tourism Sites

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  • beach

    Grand Popo beach

  • dance

    Traditional Dance

  • Ouidah

    Ouidah

  • Fulani

    Fulani, the unique tribe of Benin

About Benin

  • National name: Republique du Benin.
  • President: Patrice Talon (2016) Nationality:Noun and adjective - Beninese (singular and plural).
  • Population (2008 est.): 8,294,941 (growth rate: 2.6%); birth rate: 37.3/1000; infant mortality rate: 76.1/1000; life expectancy: 53.8; density per sq km: 75
  • Annual growth rate (2001 est.): 2.97%.
  • Ethnic groups: African 99% (42 ethnic groups, most important being Fon, Adja, Yoruba, and Bariba), Europeans 5,500.
  • Religions: Indigenous beliefs (voodoo) 50%, Christian 30%, Muslim 20%.
  • Languages: French (official), Fon and Yoruba in the south; Nagot, Bariba and Dendi in the north.
  • Education: Literacy--Total population 37.5%; men 52.2%, women 23.6%.
  • Health (2001 est.): Infant mortality rate--89.68/1,000.
  • Life expectancy--49.94 yrs.

 

WORK FORCE

The labor market is characterized by an increased reliance on informal employment, family helpers, and the use of apprentices. Training and job opportunities are not well matched.

Benin is situated in West Africa and is bounded to the east by Nigeria, to the north by Niger and Burkina Faso, and to the west by Togo. Benin stretches 700km (435 miles) from the Bight of Benin to the Niger River. The coastal strip is sandy with coconut palms.

Beyond the lagoons of Porto Novo, Nokoue, Ouidah and Grand Popo is a plateau rising gradually to the heights of the Atakora Mountains. From the highlands run two tributaries of the Niger, while southwards the Oue­© flows down to Nokoue lagoon. Mono River flows into the sea at Grand Popo and forms a frontier with Togo.

Benin is once again making a name for itself as it embraces democracy with characteristic fervor and is catapulted onto the African stage as a model of reform. Benin is the birthplace of voodoo (voodoo museums of Ouidah). Voodoo ceremonies can be colorful events, involving feverish drumming and highly charged dancing by costumed fetish priests. The pirogue is the name of a traditional boat.

An advantage of travelling Benin is its size: it has to offer a lot within relatively short distances. For this reason this country offers great possibilities for short tours or for combined tours, covering various countries. The South of Benin has several beautiful beaches and lagoons with pile villages. What characterizes this area besides its beautiful landscape, are its voodoo practices and the interesting, often gruesome history of glorious kingdoms, slavery and colonialism.