The Republic of Benin is an independent state in West Africa. It is bordered on the north by Burkina Faso and Niger, on the east by Nigeria, on the south by the Gulf of Guinea and on the west by Togo. An Associate Member of the EU and a member of the Union Douance et Economique d’Afrique Occidentale (UDEAO).


Capital: Porto Novo

Principal Ports

Cotonou and Porto Novo


11.4 million

International Country Code




Weights and Measures

Metric system

Electricity Supply

220V, 50Hz

International Direct Dialling Code

00 229


1 hour behind GMT.

Public Holidays

DateHoliday NameObservance
01 Jan 2019New Year's Day
10 Jan 2019Vaudoun Day (Traditional Religions Day)
22 Apr 2019Easter MondayEaster
01 May 2019Labour Day
30 May 2019Ascension DayEaster
04 Jun 2019Korité (End of Ramadan)Muslim
10 Jun 2019Whit MondayEaster
01 Aug 2019Independence Day (National Day)
11 Aug 2019Tabaski (Feast of Sacrifice)Muslim
15 Aug 2019Assumption Day
01 Nov 2019All Saints' Day
09 Nov 2019The Prophet's Birthday (Maouloud)Muslim
25 Dec 2019Christmas Day


Bills of Lading

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