Benin

Capital Porto-Novo

Population 10,653,654

Area 112,622 km2

Key facts

Benin is a country located in Western Africa. There are 4 countries (Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Togo) that Benin shares its borders with. The official language of Benin is French.

The national currency in Benin is West African CFA franc (XOF). The franc is subdivided into 100 centime.

With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 652.19 XOF and 1 USD is worth 607.5 XOF.

Beninese
Banknotes

50010002000500010000

Beninese
Coins

1251025100500

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Benin is 22.3 Mbps and mobile is 29.31 Mbs.The global average is 150.61 Mbps and 97.08 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density It may be difficult to locate an ATM in Benin.4.48 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Benin, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Benin. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.

Type C 220 V, 50 Hz  Type E 220 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2023, Benin will celebrate 14 national public holidays.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2022 New Year’s DayNew Year’s Day
January 10, 2022 Traditional DayTraditional Day
April 17, 2022Moving holiday Easter SundayEaster Sunday
April 18, 2022Moving holiday Easter MondayEaster Monday
May 1, 2022 Labour DayLabour Day
May 26, 2022Moving holiday Ascension DayAscension Day
June 6, 2022Moving holiday Whit MondayWhit Monday
August 1, 2022 Independence DayIndependence Day
August 15, 2022 Assumption DayAssumption Day
October 26, 2022 Armed Forces DayArmed Forces Day
November 1, 2022 All Saints’ DayAll Saints’ Day
November 30, 2022 National DayNational Day
December 25, 2022 Christmas DayChristmas Day
December 26, 2022 St. Stephen’s DayBoxing Day

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Benin?

There are no Mariott hotels in Benin.

There are no Hilton hotels in Benin.

There are no IHG hotels in Benin.

There are no Best Western hotels in Benin.

There are no Radisson hotels in Benin.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Benin.

What fast food chains are present in Benin?

The McDonald’s chain does not operate in Benin.

The KFC chain does not operate in Benin.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Benin.

The Subway chain does not operate in Benin.

The Domino’s Pizza chain does not operate in Benin.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Benin.

Weather

What is the weather like in Porto-Novo?

Today the sun in Porto-Novo, rises at 7:05 AM and sets at 7:01 PM. The climate of Porto-Novo may be categorized as a equatorial savanna (Aw), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayFeb 9OvercastLow: 27.1°C (80.78°F)High: 33.3°C (91.94°F)
FridayFeb 10Partly cloudlyLow: 27.6°C (81.68°F)High: 34°C (93.2°F)
SaturdayFeb 11OvercastLow: 27.6°C (81.68°F)High: 33.3°C (91.94°F)
SundayFeb 12OvercastLow: 27.7°C (81.86°F)High: 32.9°C (91.22°F)
MondayFeb 13OvercastLow: 27.3°C (81.14°F)High: 33.1°C (91.58°F)
TuesdayFeb 14OvercastLow: 26.9°C (80.42°F)High: 35.1°C (95.18°F)

Weather data for Porto-Novo (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in Benin.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Benin.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 5.5, Benin is placed 48th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Benin traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  No data available.

Road Traffic Casualties 26.80 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 2: Exercise increased caution. 

Emergency phones in Benin

117 Police
118 Ambulance
118 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is prohibited in all public areas excluding entertainment and restaurants.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

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