Capital: Porto-Novo

Population: 11,273,107 (estimated in 2015)

Currency: West African CFA Franc (XOF)

Official Language: French

Unofficial Languages: Fon, Yoruba, and other tribal languages

Main Religions: Christianity, Islam, Vodoun

Ethnic Groups: Fon, Bariba, Ottamari, Adja, Yoruba, Fulani, Yoa-Lokpa, Dendi, and others

Largest Cities: Cotonou, Abomey-Calavi, Djougou, Porto-Novo, Parakou

Main Sport: Football, Tennis, Track and Field

Political System: Republic

National Holidays (2016):

New Year Day (January 1)

Vodoun Festival (January 10)

Easter Monday (March 28)

Labour Day (May 1)

Ascension Day (May 5)

Mother’s Day (May 8)

Whit Monday (May 16)

Father’s Day (June 19)

Korité (July 7)

Independence day (August 1)

Tabaski (September 13)

All Saints’ Day (November 1)

Mawlid (December 12)

Christmas Day (December 25)