The Facts About Benin

History:

The kingdom of Benin Started from the 900s when the Edo people settled at the rainforests of West Africa. From the 1400s they’d established a wealthy kingdom using a strong ruler, referred to as the Oba. The Obas dwelt in lovely palaces adorned with shining brass. Gradually, the Obas won more property and built an empire.

Information of Benin:

Full Name:

République du Bénin

National Language:

The National Language is French. Other Languages is Dendi, Mina, Yoruba, and Bariba

Capital:

Porto-Novo is the Capital of Benin. It is a very beautiful city & heart of political & economic activities.

 Top Religion:

Christianity is an official religion.

Total Population:

The population is 11.49 million.

Currency Name & Value:

The Currency of Benin is called West African CFA franc & one American Dollar is equal to 558.541 Benin  Rupees.

Area:

The Total area is 114,763 km².

States:

  • Cotonou.
  •  Porto-Novo.
  • Parakou.
  • Djougou.
  •  Bohicon.
  •  Kandi.
  •  Abomey.
  •  Natitingou.
  •  Lokossa.
  •  Ouidah.

Cities:

  • Cotonou
  • Porto-Novo
  • Parakou
  • Djougou
  • Bohicon
  • Kandi
  • Abomey
  • Natitingou
  • Lokossa
  • Ouidah

Famous Food:

Benin is a food rich country. There are many famous foods .but these are the Most famous foods

  • Massa.
  • Benin’s Vegetarian Jollof Rice.
  • Garri.
  • Aloko.
  • Yovo Doko.

Historical Places:

  • Cotonou.
  •  Ouidah.
  • Porto Novo.
  • Abomey.
  • Grand-Popo.
  • Natitingou.
  • Bohicon.
  • Tanguieta.
  • Parakou.
  • Lake Nokoue.

Tourism Places:

  • Ouidah.
  • Porto Novo.
  • Grand -Popo.
  • Bohicon.
  •  Parakou.
  •  Lake Nokoue.
  • Nikki.
  • Pehunco.
  •  Cotonou.

Things to do:

It is a culture rich country & you can do a lot of things here like

  • The Dantokpa Market
  • Notre Dame des Apotres Cathedral.
  • The Artisanal Center.
  •  See L’étoile Rouge.
  • Go to the Foundation Zinsou.
  • Go visit the floating village of Ganvie.
  • Most importantly, go and meet some amazing people!
  • meeting locals in Benin.

Interesting things:

  • Winter Issue.
  • Voodoo Cradle.
  • Photography Issue.
  • Petrol station!.
  • Expressing Amazement.
  • To be or not to be… French?.
  • Cotton is gold!
  • ‘Yovo’ = White man

The Economy:

The economy of Benin remains underdeveloped and dependent on subsistence agriculture and cotton. Cotton accounts for 40% of Benin’s GDP and roughly 80% of official export receipts. There is also the production of textiles, palm products, and cocoa beans. Maize (corn), beans, rice, peanuts, cashews, pineapples, cassava, yams, and other various tubers are grown for local subsistence. Benin began producing a modest quantity of offshore oil in October 1982. Production ceased in recent years but an exploration of new sites is ongoing.

 Armed Forces:

The Armed Forces of Benin is a small force relative to the size of the population. The Active force is  7,250.

Top Professions:

  • Surgeons / Doctors
  • Judges
  • Lawyers
  • Bank Managers
  • Chief Financial Officers
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