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Once known as Dahomey, Benin was renamed in 1975 as a way to provide its three areas of different ethnic and political systems a foundation of neutrality.

For centuries before the Colonial period, the kings of this nation would sell captives and prisoners directly into slavery, shipping them to the New World.

That brought wealth and power to the nation, but it was fleeting. Nearly a century of political upheaval and colonial change brought state centralization to Benin’s business community. By 1979, almost all economic activity became state controlled. People fled and the money dried up. To stay afloat, the government of Benin took nuclear waste disposal contracts from the Soviet Union.

It wouldn’t be until 2006 when an election that was labeled as being “free” and “fair was held in Benin. The country has continued to stabilize since then, with constitutional reforms helping to shape future governments so it can become less centralized.

Visiting Benin means a rare opportunity to view ancient ruins from the kingdoms of Dahomey. It is also the birthplace of Vodun beliefs, which means the “voodoo” culture is quite strong in the country. The market in Contonou has almost anything one might ever need for any purpose.

The best way to visit Benin is to be with someone local whom you trust. Hired tourist guides can help show which areas are safe and which prices are fair. The country is generally peaceful, but more than the usual precautions should generally be taken.

With enough planning, Benin can be a profound experience.

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Porto-Novo, capital of Benin

The capital of Benin, sometimes called Ajashe or Hogbonu, has a beautiful coastal location. The atmosphere is somewhat laid-back compared to other cities in the country and lies just 20 minutes away from some fabulous beaches. Founded by the Portuguese in the 16th century, many of those original influences have fused with the local culture to create a one-of-a-kind experience for the visitor. While visiting Porto-Novo, the Ethnographic Museum needs at least one afternoon reserved for it. The museum offers exhibits...

Travel resources for Benin

How is the weather in Benin?

Porto-Novo
few clouds
25 ° C
25 °
25 °
94 %
5.1kmh
20 %
Tue
28 °
Wed
29 °
Thu
25 °
Fri
27 °
Sat
24 °

Official holidays in Benin

Below you can see a list of the official holidays

DateEnglishRemarks
January 1New Year's DayFixed
January 10Traditional DayFixed
May 1Labor DayFixed
May 25AscensionFixed
June 5Whit MondayFixed
August 1Independence DayFixed
August 15AssumptionFixed
October 26Armed Forces DayFixed
November 1All Saints' DayFixed
November 30National DayFixed
December 25Christmas DayFixed
December 26Boxing DayFixed
Eid ul-AdhaEid ul-AdhaVariable
Prophet's BirthdayProphet's BirthdayVariable
EasterEasterVariable
Easter MondayEaster MondayVariable
Eid ul-FitrEid ul-FitrVariable
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What is the capital of Benin

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Porto-Novo, capital of Benin

The capital of Benin, sometimes called Ajashe or Hogbonu, has a beautiful coastal location. The atmosphere is somewhat laid-back compared to other cities in the country and lies just 20 minutes away from some fabulous beaches. Founded by the Portuguese in the 16th century, many of those original influences have fused with the local culture to create a one-of-a-kind experience for the visitor. While visiting Porto-Novo, the Ethnographic Museum needs at least one afternoon reserved for it. The museum offers exhibits...