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Independence / Republic Days
Independence from France August 1, 1960

Capital
Porto-Novo

Current Time in Porto-Novo (Benin)

Calling code
229

Currency
West African CFA franc (XOF)

Geographic Coordinates
6°28'N 2°36'E

Official languages
French

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

Geographic coordinates
9 30 N, 2 15 E

Map references
Africa

Area
total: 112,622 sq km
country comparison to the world: 102
land: 110,622 sq km
water: 2,000 sq km

Area - comparative
slightly smaller than Pennsylvania

Coastline
121 km

Maritime claims
territorial sea: 200 nm

Elevation extremes
lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
highest point: Mont Sokbaro 658 m

Nationality
noun: Beninese (singular and plural)
adjective: Beninese

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

National symbol(s)
leopard

National anthem
name: "L'Aube Nouvelle" (The Dawn of a New Day)

National Anthem lyrics/music: Gilbert Jean DAGNON
note: adopted 1960

Budget
revenues: $1.712 billion
expenditures: $1.825 billion (2013 est.)

Taxes and other revenues
20.5% of GDP (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 161

Benin Flag Description
Two equal horizontal bands of yellow (top) and red (bottom) with a vertical green band on the hoist side; green symbolizes hope and revival, yellow wealth, and red courage

note: uses the popular Pan-African colors of Ethiopia

Benin National Anthem
Jadis à son appel, nos aïeux sans faiblesse
Ont su avec courage, ardeur, pleins d'allégresse
Livrer au prix du sang des combats éclatants.
Accourez vous aussi, bâtisseurs du présent,
Plus forts dans l'unité, chaqu'jour à la tâche,
Pour la postérité, construisez sans relâche.

Refrain :
Enfants du Bénin, debout !
La liberté d'un cri sonore
Chante aux premiers feux de l'aurore;
Enfants du Bénin, debout !
Quand partout souffle un vent de colère et de haine.
Béninois, sois fier, et d'une âme sereine,
Confiant dans l'avenir, regarde ton drapeau !
Dans le vert tu liras l'espor du renouveau,
De tes aïeux le rouge évoque le courage;
Des plus riches trésors le jaune est le présage.

Refrain
Tes monts ensoleillés, tes palmiers, ta verdure,
Cher Bénin, partout font ta vive parure.
Ton sol offre à chacun la richesse des fruits.
Bénin, désormais que tes fils tous unis
D'un fraternel élan partagent l'espérance
De te voir à jamais heureux dans l'abondance.
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Benin National Anthem
English Translation
Formerly, at her call, our ancestors
Knew how to engage in mighty battles
With strength, courage, ardour, and full of joy, but at the price of blood.
Builders of present, you too, join forces
Each day for the task stronger in unity.
Build without ceasing for posterity.

Children of Benin, arise!
The resounding cry of freedom
Is heard at the first light of dawn,
Children of Benin, arise!

When all around there blows a wind of anger and hate:
Citizen of Benin be proud, and in a calm spirit
Trusting in the future, behold your flag!
In the green you read hope of spring;
The red signifies the courage of your ancestors;
The yellow foretells the greatest treasures.

Beloved Benin, your sunny mountains, palm trees, and green pastures
Show everywhere your brightness;
Your soil offers everyone the richest fruits.
Benin, from henceforth your sons are united
With one brotherly spirit sharing the hope of seeing you
Enjoy abundance and happiness forever.
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