(WIPO code: BJ) (latest review September 2021)
112,620 sq. km
13,301,694 (estimated July 2021).
Main agricultural and natural products
Cotton, manioc, Indian potatoes, cocoa, palm products, grain, groundnuts, forestry.
Main Mineral Products
Petroleum, gold, phosphate, marble, iron.
Cotton, petroleum, cocoa.
Lake of “Ganvié”; natural reserves.
(per capita): U.S.$ 1,280 (estimated 2020).
A former French colony, part of French West Africa, Benin obtained its internal administrative autonomy and became a member of the French Community in 1958 and later achieved its complete independence on August 1, 1960.
The country’s economy is mainly based on agriculture (approximately 60%).