Ελληνικά English 中文 Tiếng Việt Català Italiano Euskara العربية Čeština Eesti Galego Español Русский Nederlands Português Norsk (Bokmål) Türkçe Lietuvių ไทย Română Polski Français Українська Hrvatski Deutsch Dansk فارسی हिन्दी Suomi Magyar 日本語 עברית తెలుగు Nynorsk Српски / Srpski 한국어 Svenska Slovenčina Bahasa Melayu Slovenščina
Benin (/bɛˈniːn/ (listen) beh-NEEN, /bɪˈniːn/ bih-NEEN; French: Bénin [benɛ̃]), officially the Republic of Benin (French: République du Bénin) and formerly Dahomey, is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east, and Burkina Faso and Niger to the north. The majority of its population lives on the small southern coastline of the Bight of Benin, part of the Gulf of Guinea in the northernmost tropical portion of the Atlantic Ocean. The capital of Benin is Porto-Novo, but the seat of government is in Cotonou, the country's largest city and economic capital. Benin covers an area of 114,763 square kilometres (44,310 sq mi) and its population in 2016 was estimated to be approximately 10.87 million. Benin is a tropical nation, highly dependent on agriculture, with substantial employment and income arising from subsistence farming.