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Capital:
Porto-Novo
Government:
Presidential Representative Democratic Republic
Current Head of Government:
Patrice Talon
Economy:
  • Underdeveloped. Dependent on subsistence agriculture, cotton production, and regional trade.
Population:
12,864,634 (2020) (74th)
Land Size:
112,622 sq km (43,484 sq miles)
Major Ethnic Groups:
  • Fon and related: 38.4%
  • Adia and related: 15.1%
  • Yoruba and related: 12.0%
  • Bariba and related: 9.6%
  • Fulani and related: 8.6%
  • Peulh and related: 7.0%
  • Ottamari and related: 6.1%
  • Yoa-Lokpa and related: 4.3%
  • Dendi and related: 2.9%
  • Other (including Europeans): 0.9%
  • Unspecified: 1.9%
Religions:
  • Catholicism: 27.7%
  • Islam: 25.5%
  • Vodounism: 11.6%
  • Protestantism: 13.5% (Celestial: 6.7%, Methodist: 3.4%, other Protestant: 3.4%)
  • Other Christianity: 9.5%
  • Other: 11.2%
Languages(s):
  • French (official)
  • Fon and Yoruba (most common vernaculars in south)