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Benin

Background

Benin

Present day Benin was the site of Dahomey, a prominent West African kingdom that rose in the 15th century. The territory became a French Colony in 1872 and achieved independence on 1 August 1960, as the Republic of Benin. A succession of military governments ended in 1972 with the rise to power of Mathieu KEREKOU and the establishment of a government based on Marxist-Leninist principles. A move to representative government began in 1989. Two years later, free elections ushered in former Prime Minister Nicephore SOGLO as president, marking the first successful transfer of power in Africa from a dictatorship to a democracy. KEREKOU was returned to power by elections held in 1996 and 2001, though some irregularities were alleged. KEREKOU stepped down at the end of his second term in 2006 and was succeeded by Thomas YAYI Boni, a political outsider and independent. YAYI has begun a high profile fight against corruption and has strongly promoted accelerating Benin's economic growth.

About

Benin is a country in West Africa. It borders Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east and Burkina Faso and Niger to the north.

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BeninAzalai Hotel De La Plage 

Quartier Ganhi
Cotonou
Benin

Price (US$): $226 - $297 / night

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Location. Azalai Hotel De La Plage is located near the beach in Cotonou and close to Cotonou Cathedral, Cotonou Central Mosque, and Artisanal Center. Additional area points of interest include Fidjrosse Beach. Hotel Features. Dining options at Azalai Hotel De La Plage include 2 restaurants. 2 bars/lounges are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. The property's full service health spa has beauty… more »

BeninMaison Rouge 

BP 0847
Cotonou 08 BP 0847
Benin

Price (US$): $177 - $323 / night

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Location. Located in Cotonou, Maison Rouge is near the airport and close to Fidjrosse Beach, Artisanal Center, and Cotonou Central Mosque. Additional area points of interest include Cotonou Cathedral. Hotel Features. Maison Rouge's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A poolside bar is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. The property has… more »

BeninIbis Cotonou 

Boulevard De La Marina
08 Bp 0929
Cotonou
Benin

Price (US$): $135 - $136 / night

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Location. Ibis Cotonou is located in Cotonou, close to Artisanal Center, Cotonou Central Mosque, and Cotonou Cathedral. Nearby points of interest also include Fidjrosse Beach. Hotel Features. Those traveling on business have access to a business center at this hotel. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. Additional property amenities include currency exchange, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. Guestrooms. All guestrooms at… more »

BeninHotel Acropole 

BP 01-5051
Cotonou
Benin

Price (US$): $107 - $154 / night

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Location. Hotel Acropole is located in Cotonou, close to Cotonou Cathedral, Cotonou Central Mosque, and Artisanal Center. Additional area points of interest include Fidjrosse Beach. Hotel Features. Hotel Acropole features a restaurant. Room service is available. Additional property amenities include tour/ticket assistance. Guestrooms. All guestrooms at Hotel Acropole feature minibars. Guestrooms offer phones. Cable television is provided.  more »

BeninHotel Du Port 

Avenue de la Marina
08 BP 1133
Cotonou
Benin

Price (US$): $132 - $197 / night

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Location. Hotel Du Port is located in Cotonou, close to Artisanal Center, Cotonou Central Mosque, and Cotonou Cathedral. Additional area points of interest include Fidjrosse Beach. Hotel Features. Dining options at Hotel Du Port include a restaurant and a snack bar/deli. A poolside bar is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a children's pool. Spa amenities include spa services, massage/treatment rooms, facials,… more »

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Benin

Full name
Republic of Benin
Capital
Porto-Novo
Location

Western Africa, bordering the Bight of Benin, between Nigeria and Togo

Geographic coordinates

9 30 N, 2 15 E

Area comparative

slightly smaller than Pennsylvania

Border countries

Burkina Faso 306 km, Niger 266 km, Nigeria 773 km, Togo 644 km

Coastline

121 km

Climate

tropical; hot, humid in south; semiarid in north

Terrain

mostly flat to undulating plain; some hills and low mountains

Lowest point

Atlantic Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Mont Sokbaro 658 m

Natural resources

small offshore oil deposits, limestone, marble, timber

Population

9,056,010

Ethnic groups

Fon and related 39.2%, Adja and related 15.2%, Yoruba and related 12.3%, Bariba and related 9.2%, Peulh and related 7%, Ottamari and related 6.1%, Yoa-Lokpa and related 4%, Dendi and related 2.5%, other 1.6% (includes Europeans), unspecified 2.9% (2002 census)

Religions

Christian 42.8% (Catholic 27.1%, Celestial 5%, Methodist 3.2%, other Protestant 2.2%, other 5.3%), Muslim 24.4%, Vodoun 17.3%, other 15.5% (2002 census)

Languages

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

Government type

republic

Independence

1 August 1960 (from France)

National holiday

National Day, 1 August (1960)

Chief of state

President Thomas YAYI Boni (since 6 April 2006); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government

Head of government

President Thomas YAYI Boni (since 6 April 2006)

Internet country code

.bj

Internet users

200,100 (2009)

Airports

5 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Cotonou

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