Benin Country Code +229

Country calling code +229

Alpha-2 Code BJ

Alpha-3 Code BEN

About Benin

Benin (/bɛˈniːn/ (About this soundlisten) ben-EEN, /bɪˈniːn/ bin-EEN; French: Bénin [benɛ̃]), officially the Republic of Benin (French: République du Bénin) and formerly Dahomey (1960–1975), is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east, Burkina Faso to the north-west, and Niger to the north-east. 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 2018 was estimated to be approximately 11.49 million. Benin is a tropical nation, highly dependent on agriculture, and is a large exporter of cotton and palm oil. Substantial employment and income arise from subsistence farming...

Benin Statistics

  • LAT/LONG: 9°19'19"N / 2°18'47"E
  • CAPITAL: Porto-Novo
  • POPULATION: 12,025,749
  • AREA: 112,760 Km2
  • GDP: $9,246,696,924
  • TELEPHONES: 156,700
  • INTERNET USERS: 200,100

How to Call Benin from the US (or Canada)

Trying to call Benin from the U.S. (or Canada)? These simple dialing directions will help you:

  • First dial 011, the U.S. (or Canada) exit code.
  • Next dial 229, the country code for Benin.
  • Then dial the area code (1–3 digits — please see a sample calling code list below)
  • and finally the phone number (5–7 digits).

Travel in Benin

  • LANGUAGES: French (official), Fon and Yoruba (most common vernaculars in south), tribal languages (at least six major ones in north)
  • CURRENCY: Franc (XOF)

    Type E French 2-pin

    • Primarily used in France, Belgium, Poland, Slovakia & Czechia
    • 2 pins
    • Grounded
    • 16 A
    • 220 – 240 V
    • Socket compatible with plug types C, E & F

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