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Interesting Facts about Benin

Benin Interesting Facts

Benin, officially the Republic of Benin, is a country in Afirca. Here are some interesting facts about Benin:

  • The Benin flag consists of three colors featuring green, red, and yellow. Red represents courage, green hope, and revival, while yellow represents wealth.
  • The capital city of Benin is Port Novo.
  • Benin used to be known as the Dahomey before 1975.
  • Snakes are worshiped in Benin.
  • People there believe that if you cross a snake, it will bring a good luck.
  • The practice of voodoo started in Benin.
  • In Benin, most people are young with an average age of 17, and almost 65% of the population is under 25 years old.
  • Benin was under French power for 60 years.
  • Benin has a large open-air market which is called Dantokpa.
  • The biggest surviving group of lions in West Africa can be found in Benin's Pendjari National Park.
  • The national dish in Benin is Kuli-Kuli.
  • Benin was the first African country that transformed from a dictatorship rule to a multi-political system.
  • Benin was once one of the richest regions in Africa.
  • One proud fact about Benin is that the country has Grammy-winning musician, Angelique Kidjo.
  • Beninese people are famous for their wood carving featuring sophisticated artworks.
  • Benin has one of the lowest crime rates in Africa.
  • Benin is characterized by unusually dry conditions.
  • The people of Benin are known as Beninese or Beninois.
  • The final boat that carried people who were forced to work as slaves sailed from Benin to Brazil in 1885.
  • Benin is home to about 11 million people.

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