Description flag of Benin
two equal horizontal bands of yellow (top) and red (bottom) with a vertical green band on the hoist side
Republique du Benin (long)
Beninese (singular and plural) (noun) Benin (adjective)
French (official), Fon and Yoruba (most common vernaculars in south), tribal languages (at least six major ones in north)
Porto-Novo (official capital)
8,532,547 ranked 93, (data 2008)
sandbanks create difficult access to a coast with no natural harbors, river mouths, or islands. The lowest point is Atlantic Ocean 0 m.
1,989km, Burkina Faso 306 km, Niger 266 km, Nigeria 773 km, Togo 644 km.
12 departments; Alibori, Atakora, Atlantique, Borgou, Collines, Kouffo, Donga, Littoral, Mono, Oueme, Plateau, Zou
1 August 1960 (from France)