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Benin, a French-speaking West African nation, is a birthplace of the vodun (or “voodoo”) religion and home to the former Dahomey Kingdom from circa 1600–1900. In Abomey, Dahomey's former capital, the Historical Museum occupies two royal palaces with bas-reliefs recounting the kingdom’s past and a throne mounted on human skulls. To the north, Pendjari National Park offers safaris with elephants, hippos and lions.

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

Ethnic Groups: Fon and related 38.4%, Adja and related 15.1%, Yoruba and related 12%, Bariba and related 9.6%, Fulani and related 8.6%, Ottamari and related 6.1%, Yoa-Lokpa and related 4.3%, Dendi and related 2.9%, other 0.9%, foreigner 1.9% (2013 est.)

Belief Systems: Muslim 27.7%, 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.)

Demographics:

Population:9.87 million people (World Rank: 88th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density:231 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 119th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 2.72 %/yr (World Rank: 23rd) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 59.3 years (World Rank: 202nd) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 18.1 years (World Rank: 175th) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of Benin
University of Texas Library

World Factbook

United Nations Country Profile for Benin

Benin - Wikipedia Entry

Benin - General Information
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Benin

Culture and Tourism:

Tourism Benin
All about Benin as a travel destination

Voodoo Fetish Markets
Markets in Benin representative of Benin's official religion of voodoo

Recipes from Benin
from pinterest.com

Ganvié
City in Benin built in a lake supported by stilts

Parc National de la Pendjari
Wildlife park containing lions, leopards, elephants, baboons and hippos

French Language Resources:

Learn French
Online resource for learning French

Government Related:

Beninese Embassy
Located in Washington D.C.

Benin Government Websites
Directory of government websites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger


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