Flag of Benin

Flag of Benin

The current flag of Benin has been adopted for the first time in 1960, when the country achieved independence from France. The flag consists of three stripes - two horizontal ones in yellow and red colors and one vertical green on the left side of the flag. These colors are traditional Pan-African colors, where green represents hope, yellow symbolizes wealth and red stands for courage and the bloodshed during the struggles for independence. These colors emphasize the solidarity with the other African nations. In 1975, Marxist government came to power in Benin and the country was renamed to the Republic of Dahomey. In these times, a green flag with a red star in the upper left corner was used. After the fall of the regime in 1990, the previous flag has been readopted.

Neighbouring countries

Flag Country Capital Population Total area
Flag of Burkina Faso Burkina Faso Ouagadougou 17,322,796 274,000 km2
Flag of Niger Niger Niamey 17,129,076 1,267,000 km2
Flag of Nigeria Nigeria Abuja 173,615,000 923,768 km2
Flag of Togo Togo Lomé 6,191,155 56,785 km2

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Main information

Country
Benin
Capital city
Porto-Novo
Population
10,323,000 (2013)
Total area
112,622 km2
Formation
1. 8. 1960
Highest point
Mont Sokbaro (658 m)
GDP
$ 1,556 (IMF, 2012)
Currency
west african cfa franc (XOF)
Code
BJ (BEN)
Calling code
+229
Internet TLD
.bj

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By continents
Africa

Name of country in other languages

Czech
Benin (Porto Novo)
English
Benin (Porto-Novo)
German
Benin (Porto-Novo)
French
Bénin (Cotonou)
Italian
Benin (Porto-Novo)
Spanish
Benín (Porto-Novo)
Russian
Бенин (Порто-Ново)
Slovak
Benin (Cotonou)
Polish
Benin (Porto-Novo)
Portuguese
Benim (Porto-Novo)
Chinese
贝宁 (波多诺伏)
Japanese
ベナン (ポルトノボ)
Turkish
Benin (Porto- Novo)
Norwegian
Benin (Porto-Novo)
Swedish
Benin (Porto-Novo)
Hungarian
Benin (Porto Novo)
Dutch
Benin (Porto-Novo)
Danish
Benin (Porto-Novo)
Finnish
Benin (Porto-Novo)
Hebrew
בנין (פורטו נובו)

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