Area 112,620 Km2
Population 10.592 Millions
HDI Rank 166 (over 186 countries)
Capital City Porto-Novo (population 267,000), is the official capital, nearby Cotonou is the country's largest city.
Demographic distribution Fon and Adja Yoruba and 40 other ethnic groups
Spoken languages French (official), Fon, Yoruba, and other African languages are spoken
Religious beliefs Indigenous beliefs, Christian and Muslim
Political regime Parti Sociale Democrate (PSD), Renaissance du Benin (RB), Parti du Renouveau democratique (PRD), Mouvement africain pour la democratie et le progres (MADEP), Force Cauris for an Emerging Benin (FCBE)
Head of State Yayi Boni (President), Lionel Zinsou (Prime Minister)
Associations with International Organisations United Nations (UN), African Union (AU), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Union Economique et Monetaire ouest - africaine (UEMOA), Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC)
Investment Promotion Agency Centre de Promotion des Investissements
Sources: Foreign & Commonwealth Office, The World Factbook