Country Republic of Benin (Link to map of Benin)
Continent Africa
Capital Porto-Novo
Population 10,879,829 (July, 2015 est.)
Language French (indigenous languages Fon and Yoruba are common)
Religion Roman Catholic (27%), Islam (24%), Vodoun (17%), and Protestant (10%)
Terrain Mostly flat to undulating plain with some hills and low mountains
Sports Football (soccer), tennis, track and field
Animals The Benin wildlife is typical African: elephants, leopards, lions, antelope, monkeys, wild pig, crocodiles, buffalo, pythons, puff adder, guinea fowl, wild duck, etc.
Facts of Interest Benin was the site of Dahomey, a West African kingdom that achieved power around 1600 that lasted for 2.5 centuries, largely due to its slave trade.

Later became a French colony, French Dahomey, which finally achieved its independence in 1960 and changed its name to Republic of Benin in 1975

Natural resources include marble, timber, limestone, and some offshore oil deposits

The economy remains underdeveloped and dependent on subsistence agriculture, cotton production, and general trade.

Concerns Benin remains one of the poorest countries in Africa with one of the lowest literacy rates (35% overall; 23% for women) in all of Africa.

Rampant deforestation, desertification, inadequate supplies of potable water as well as poaching are concerning environmental issues.

As with other African countries, corruption and poor governance are major problems.

Mission Christian Aid supports indigenous missionaries who evangelize to the many tribes that still worship Vodoun (Vodoo). New Muslim converts directly challenge these Christian missionaries.