Where is Benin?

Benin is located in the Northern Africa region at latitude 9.30769 and longitude 2.315834 and is part of the African continent.

The DMS coordinates for the center of the country are:

  • 9° 18' 27.68'' N
  • 2° 18' 57.00'' E

You can see the location of Benin on the world map below:

Benin Neighboring Countries

The neighboring countries of Benin (BJ) are:

  1. Burkina Faso (BF)
  2. Niger (NE)
  3. Nigeria (NG)
  4. Togo (TG)

Maritime Borders

Benin bordres with the Gulf of Guinea.

Benin pointed out on the map by a flag pin.

Benin Related Content

Benin Key Facts

CountryBenin
CoordinatesLatitude: 9.30769
Longitude: 2.315834
Country CodesAlpha 2: BJ
Alpha 3: BEN
Country Flag Emoji🇧🇯
Int. Phone Prefix+229
Capital cityPorto Novo
Continent
Subcontinent
Africa
Northern Africa
Country Area112,622 sq km
Population 202112,451,031
World Rank: 76
Median Age17.5
Life expectancy59.8
Major languagesFrench (official), Fon and Yoruba (most common vernaculars in south), tribal languages (at least six major ones in north)
UTC/GMT TimeNumber of time zones: 1
  • UTC+01:00
Internet TLD.bj
Biggest AirportCotonou Cadjehoun Airport (COO)
Average temperature27.55 °C
81.59 °F
Administrative Divisions12 departments
Political systemPresidential representative democratic republic

Benin Economy Facts

World Bank Income GroupLower middle income
World Bank RegionSub-Saharan Africa
CurrencyCFA Franc (XOF)
GDP in 2020$15.7 (billions of USD)
World Rank: 122
GDP per capita in 2020$1,291
World Rank: 161
Major Industries / Economic SectorsAgriculture, manufacturing, energy, services
Top 5 Import CountriesChina, Netherlands, United States, France, India
Top 5 Export CountriesChina, Netherlands, France, India, United States

Biggest Cities in Benin

Here are the largest cities in Benin based on 2021 population data:

City Population
Cotonou 762,000
Porto-Novo 300,000
Djougou 202,810
Parakou 188,853
Kandi 109,701
Lokossa 86,971
Ouidah 83,503
Abomey 82,154
Natitingou 80,892
Save 31,444

Map of Benin with the Largest Cities

Other Countries in the Northern Africa Region