where in the world is benin?

See the red circle around Cotonou, Benin’s capital.

More fun facts:

  • Though Benin looks like a tiny sliver of a country, it’s actually about the size of Pennsylvania.
Population-wise, Cotonou is comparable to Indianapolis.
  • Benin is one of the most politically stable countries in Africa.
  • The Route d’Esclaves was the last African soil seen by the many slaves bound for Brazil and the Caribbean.
Ganvie, a lake village on stilts, is the largest such community on the continent.
  • Many regional languages are spoken, but French in the language of business (and what I’ll be learning).
  • You can track lions, leopards, baboons, elephants and hippos at the Pendjari National Park.
Motorcycles are hugely popular (but also hugely dangerous).
  • Benin is the birthplace of voodoo. However, only 17% of the population currently practices it; 43% is Christian, 25% is Muslim, 8% belong to other religions and 7% claim no religious affiliation.
Cotonou is on the beach (but, sadly, the strong undertow makes the pool a much safer bet).
If our house doesn't have a pool, we'll be coming here.
  • There are indeed monkeys in Benin! Whether they’ll hang out in our backyard and pester Abbey, however, remains to be seen…
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2 Responses to where in the world is benin?

  1. Congratulations!!! That’s so exciting!

    And you’ll be there with Rich (Midlife Diplomatic Crisis) and the Anderson family (Andersons in Benin) and they all just sound like the absolute NICEST people in the world.

    So thrilled for you guys that you got a top pick! That’s wonderful!

  2. It’s Friday, and that means that the Weekly State Department Blog Roundup is up – and you’re on it!

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