Benin: Statistics

People 
HIV/AIDS - Adult Prevalence Rate 1.2% (2009 est.)
Infant mortality rate 60.03 deaths per 1,000 live births (2012 est.)
Population 9,598,787 (2012 est.)
Note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, higher death rates, lower population growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected
Population Below Poverty Line 37.4% (2007 est.)
Population growth rate 2.877% (2012 est.)
Total fertility rate 5.22 children per woman (2012 est.)
Ethnic Groups:
Fon and related 39.2%, Adja and related 15.2%, Yoruba and related 12.3%, Bariba and related 9.2%, Peulh and related 7%, Ottamari and related 6.1%, Yoa-Lokpa and related 4%, Dendi and related 2.5%, other 1.6% (includes Europeans), unspecified 2.9% (2002 census)
Nationality:
noun: Beninese (singular and plural) adjective: Beninese
Religions:
Christian 42.8% (Catholic 27.1%, Celestial 5%, Methodist 3.2%, other Protestant 2.2%, other 5.3%), Muslim 24.4%, Vodoun 17.3%, other 15.5% (2002 census)
Languages:
French (official), Fon and Yoruba (most common vernaculars in south), tribal languages (at least six major ones in north)
Energy 
Electricity Consumption 778 million kWh (2009 est.)
Electricity Exports 0 kWh (2010 est.)
Electricity Imports 866 million kWh (2009 est.)
Electricity Production 120 million kWh (2009 est.)
Natural Gas Consumption 0 cu m (2010 est.)
Natural Gas Proved Reserves 1.133 billion cu m (2011 est.)
Oil Consumption 29.17 thousand bbl/day (2011 est.)
Oil Exports 10.84 thousand bbl/day (2009 est.)
Oil Imports 33.41 thousand bbl/day (2009 est.)
Oil Production 0 bbl/day (2010 est.)
Oil Proved Reserves 8 million bbl (2011 est.)
Technology 
Airports 5 (2012 )
Cellular Telephones 7,765,000 (2011 )
Highways 16,000 (2006 )
Internet Hosts 491 (2012 )
Internet Users 200,100 (2009 )
Railways 438 (2010 )
Telephones 152,700 (2011 )
Geography 
Location:
Western Africa, bordering the Bight of Benin, between Nigeria and Togo
Area
Total:112,622 sq. km
Land:110,622 sq. km
Water:2,000 sq. km
Coastline: 121 km
Climate:
tropical; hot, humid in south; semiarid in north
Terrain:
mostly flat to undulating plain; some hills and low mountains
Elevation Extremes
Lowest Point:Atlantic Ocean 0 m
Highest Point: Mont Sokbaro 658 m
Environment - International Agreements:
party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands, Whaling signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
International Organization Participation:
ACCT, ACP, AfDB, AU, ECOWAS, Entente, FAO, FZ, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO (correspondent), ITSO, ITU, ITUC, MIGA, MONUC, NAM, OAS (observer), OIC, OIF, OPCW, PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNMIL, UNMIS, UNOCI, UNWTO, UPU, WADB (regional), WAEMU, WCL, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO

Sources:

CIA World Factbook

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