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 is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Togo to the west, by Nigeria to the east and by Burkina Faso and Niger to the north. A majority of the population live on its small southern coastline on the Bight of Benin. The capital of Benin is Porto-Novo, but the seat of government is in Cotonou, the country's largest city. Benin covers an area of approximately 110,000 square kilometers (42,000 sq mi), with a population of approximately 9.05 million. Benin is a tropical, sub-Saharan nation, highly dependent on agriculture, with substantial employment and income arising from subsistence farming. The official language of Benin is French, however, indigenous languages such as Fon and Yoruba are commonly spoken. The largest religious group in Benin is Roman Catholicism, followed closely by Islam, Vodun and Protestantism. Benin is a member of the United Nations, the African Union, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone, La Francophonie, the Community of Sahel-Saharan States, the African Petroleum Producers Association and the Niger Basin Authority. From the 17th to the 19th century, modern day Benin was ruled by the Kingdom of Dahomey. This region was referred to as the Slave Coast from as early as the 17th century due to the large number of slaves shipped to the New World during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. After slavery was abolished, France took over the country and renamed it French Dahomey. In 1960, Dahomey gained full independence from France, bringing in a democratic government for the next 12 years. A Marxist-Leninist dictatorship called the People's Republic of Benin existed between 1972 and 1990. This regime led to repression and the collapse of the economy. The Republic of Benin was formed in 1991 which brought in multiparty elections.

Capital Porto Novo
Currency Franco CFA
Country code 00229
Spoken languages ​​



Passport: needed. For any changes related to the survival of the Passport you should request to be informed beforehand at the Embassy or Consulate of the country present in Italy or at your travel agent.


Local health facilities are inadequate and has limited the availability of medicines. We recommend therefore to travelling with a stock of medicines for common ailments and for any special needs. The situation regarding health is in the regional media. There is still the risk of infection by HIV/AIDS. In addition, during the rainy season, there are malaria and cholera. For information about recommended immunizations and prophylaxis are suggested to contact their international vaccination centres of ASL.


In terms of climate, the country is divided into a strip next to oceanic coast characterized by a tropical climate and a Northern belt with a Sahel climate. Temperatures are high in the North throughout the year with maximum values of around 45 degrees and lows between 18 degrees with low humidity; to the South there are highs of 32 degrees and lows of 23 degrees with high humidity. It is much lower in the North. The dry season associated with the phenomenon of Saharan wind said harmattan, has a duration of two to three months (December to February), while in the North it starts sometimes in October and lasts until March-April.


Licence International (model 1949 Geneva Convention or Vienna 1968). Car insurance It's mandatory insurance for damage to third parties, to be paid on the spot, or according to the signs of their insurance company. Documents for vehicles imported temporarily The carnet is required by Customs passage for vehicles imported temporarily. Means of transport In general we do not recommend the use of public transport, but it is preferable to use rental cars with driver companies note the major travel companies. The roads are not always good, but relatively passable along the coast and on two North-South routes. The major routes of communication are the coastal road RNIE1, from the border with Togo to the border with Nigeria, and two North-South routes, from RNIE2 to Malanville and Cotonou, Porto Novo, RN3 in Ketou. Are frequent checkpoints of local police authorities and it is necessary therefore to travelling with all required documentation.

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