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Porto-Novo, Bénin
Porto-Novo, Bénin

Porto-Novo

Porto-Novo is a port city and the capital of Benin, in West Africa. It’s known for colonial buildings like the Brazilian-style Great Mosque, formerly a church.
Photo by Yanick Folly

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BENIN

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    Capital:Porto-Novo (constitutional capital); Cotonou (seat of government)

    Location:Western Africa, bordering the Bight of Benin, between Nigeria and Togo

    Currency:Communaute Financiere Africaine francs (XOF)

    Area:112,622 sq km

    Population:13,301,694 (July 2021 est.)

    Languages:French (official), Fon and Yoruba (most common vernaculars in south), tribal languages (at least six major ones in north)

    Religion:Muslim 27.7%, Roman Catholic 25.5%, Protestant 13.5% (Celestial 6.7%, Methodist 3.4%, other Protestant 3.4%), Vodoun 11.6%, other Christian 9.5%, other traditional religions 2.6%, other 2.6%, none 5.8% (2013 est.)

    TimeZone:UTC+1

    Tel Code:+229

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