The flag of Benin is a tricolor flag with horizontal bands of yellow, red, and green. The flag was officially adopted on August 1, 1960, following Benin's independence from France.
The colors of the flag are traditional Pan-African colors, with green representing hope, yellow symbolizing wealth, and red representing courage and the bloodshed during the struggles for independence. These colors emphasize the solidarity of Benin with other African nations.
The current flag of Benin was first adopted in 1960, but it has undergone a number of changes over the years. In 1975, a Marxist government came to power in Benin and the country was renamed the Republic of Dahomey. During this time, a green flag with a red star in the upper left corner was used. After the fall of the regime in 1990, the previous flag was readopted.
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Benin is a country located in West Africa, bordered by Togo to the west, Burkina Faso and Niger to the north, Nigeria to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. It has a total land area of about 43,000 square miles, and is home to a diverse population with a variety of different ethnic and cultural groups. Benin has a rich history and culture, with a unique blend of African, French, and other Western influences.
The history of Benin dates back to ancient times, and the country has been inhabited by a variety of different cultures over the centuries. In the 19th century, Benin became a French colony, and gained its independence in 1960. Today, Benin is a presidential republic with a president and prime minister.
Benin is known for its stunning natural beauty, with a varied landscape ranging from the Atakora Mountains in the north to the coastal plain in the south. The country is home to a number of protected areas, including the Pendjari National Park, which is home to a variety of plant and animal species, and the W National Park, which is home to a number of historic ruins and landmarks.
The culture of Benin is a blend of African, French, and other Western influences, with the official language of the country being French. The majority of the population is Christian, with the largest denomination being Roman Catholicism, but there are also significant Muslim, Vodou, and other traditional indigenous religions. Benin is known for its rich cultural heritage, including its music, dance, literature, and art.
|Country codes||BJ, BEN (ISO 3166-1)|
|Official name||Republic of Benin|
|Religion||48.5% Christianity, 27.7% Islam, 11.6% Vodun, 12.2% Others / No religion|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (WAT)|
|Member of||United Nations|
|Organisation of Islamic Cooperation|
|Population density||108 per Km2 (278 people per mi2)|
|Urban Population||48.4 % of the population is urban (5,869,303 people in 2020)|
|Median age||18.8 years|
|Total area||The total land area is 112,760 Km2 (43,537 sq. miles)|
|Highest point||Mont Sokbaro (658 m, 2 159 ft)|
|Lowest point||Bight of Benin|
|GDP per capita||$ 1,319 (World Bank, 2021)|
|Currency||West African CFA franc (Fr, XOF)|
|Internet TLD||.bj (click here to find and register domain name)|
|Country Wikipedia Page||Benin Wikipedia Page|
Main Cities by Population in Benin