Atlas of Benin

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Français Bénin - République du Bénin

La République du Bénin, pays d'Afrique occidentale compte 7 513 946 habitants en 2006, et couvre une superficie de 112 622 km² en s'étendant sur 670 km, du fleuve Niger (au nord) à la côte atlantique (au sud). Le pays a comme voisin, le Togo à l'ouest, le Nigéria à l'est et Le Niger et le Burkina Faso au nord.

English Benin - Republic of Benin

The Republic of Benin, previously known as Dahomey, is a country in Western Africa, formerly known as Dahomey (until 1975) or Dahomania. It borders ► Togo to the west, ► Nigeria to the east and ► Burkina Faso and ► Niger to the north; its short coastline to the south leads to the Bight of Benin. Its capital is Porto Novo, but the seat of government is Cotonou.

Short name  Benin
Official name Republic of Benin
Status Independent country since 1960
Location West Africa
Capital Porto Novo
Population 11,884,127 inhabitants
Area 112,620 square kilometres (43,480 sq mi)
Major languages French (official), Fon, Yoruba, Haussa and other minority languages
Major religions Indigenous beliefs, Islam, Roman Catholicism
More information Benin, Geography of Benin, History of Benin and Politics of Benin
More images Benin - Benin (Category).

General maps

Map of Benin
Same map in French
Map of Benin

Maps of divisions

This section holds maps of the administrative divisions.

Departments of Benin
Communes of Benin

History maps

This section holds a short summary of the history of the area of present-day Benin, illustrated with maps, including historical maps of former countries and empires that included present-day Benin.

Songhai Empire 15th-16th century
1900-1958: French West Africa - colonizing empire ► France

French West Africa

Other maps

Gbe languages

Satellite maps

Satellite map
Satellite map

Notes and references

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