Name:Benin (Republic of Benin)
Local name (French):Bénin (République du Bénin)
Former name:Dahomey - until 1975
Bordering countries:Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Togo
Status:sovereign state
Surface:112.6 ths. sq. km
Population (2003):7 041 ths.
Capital:official - Porto-Novo,
real - Cotonou
Official language:French

Current national symbols

Historical symbols:
Kingdom of Dahomey (until 1894)
Republic of Dahomey (1958-1975)
People's Republic of Benin (1975-1991)

African Union

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