Benin was once called Dahomey. It first acquired the name “Benin” in 1975 which derives from the Bight of Benin – a bay lying off Africa’s west coast within the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean.

In Benin, it’s considered respectful to shake everyone’s hand when entering or leaving a room. However, eating or greeting people with the left hand is inhibited. 

Benin is in Western Africa, with a population of 11.73 million people. Its capital is Porto-Novo, and the currency is XOF. The language spoken in Benin is French.

They celebrate many holidays including: 

It has 2 world heritage sites:

  1. Royal Palaces of Abomey
  2. W-Arly-Pendjari Complex

It also has 2 national parks:

  1. Pendjari National Park
  2. W National Park

Want to learn more? Check out Benin’s tourism website

Also check out the Benin City National Museum and the Ouidah Museum of History (Portuguese Fort).

fun activities to do

To download the flag and map:

  1. Click on the image
  2. Right-click and select Save Image As…
Also try making a postcard and it’s stamp! Try filling in your suitcase for the trip!