Benin

Benin Overview

Benin is a country on the west coast of Africa. Long and narrow, Benin extends 415 miles inland from the Gulf of Guinea.

Benin was formerly a territory in French West Africa. It became independent in 1960. The nation was called Dahomey until 1975. Benin City is a pretty city and an important centre for traditional art.

CLIMATE

Southern Benin has a hot, humid climate. Rainy seasons occur in the south from April to July and from September to November. Northern Benin has less humidity and greater changes in daily temperatures. In the north, the rainy season lasts from April to October.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Porto-Novo
POPULATION: 8.2 million
LANGUAGE: French
CURRENCY: CFA Franc BCEAO
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +229
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +1