République du Bénin (Republic of Benin)
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  • Capital: Porto-Novo

  • Population estimate, 2015: 10.88 m.

  • GNI per capita, 2014: (PPP$) 1,767

  • HDI/world rank, 2014: 0.480/166

  • Internet domain extension: .bj

Civil Aviation

The international airport is at Cotonou (Cadjehoun), which in 2012 handled 466,778 passengers (all on international flights) and 5,237 tonnes of freight. Westair Benin, the only operational airline based in the country, was founded in 2002. In 2010 there were direct flights to 17 destinations in Africa as well as Paris.


In coastal parts there is an equatorial climate, with a long rainy season from March to July and a short rainy season in Oct. and Nov. The dry season increases in length from the coast, with inland areas having rain only between May and Sept. Porto-Novo, Jan. 82 °F (27.8 °C), July 78 °F (25.6 °C). Annual rainfall 52″ (1,300 mm). Cotonou, Jan. 81 °F (27.2 °C), July 77 °F (25 °C). Annual rainfall 53″ (1,325 mm).

Constitution and Government

The Benin Party of Popular Revolution (PRPB) held...

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