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Official Name: Republic of Benin (formerly Dahomey)
Climate: Tropical
Population: 6,305,567 (1999)
Capital: Porto-Novo; Cotonou is the seat of government
Language(s): Principal indigenous languages: Yoruba and Fon
Major Religions: Indigenous beliefs 70%, Muslim 15%, Christian 15%
Exports: Cotton, crude oil, palm products, cocoa
Imports: Foodstuffs, beverages, tobacco, petroleum products, intermediate goods, capital goods, light consumer goods