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Benin is a country in West Africa, formerly known as Dahomey (until 1975) or Dahomania. It borders Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east, and Niger and Burkina Faso to the north. Its short coastline to the south leads to Beninbukta. Its capital is Porto-Novo, but the government is located in Cotonou.

French is the official language.

It's tropical climate in the north and drier in the south. The terrain is mostly flat plains with some hills and low mountains. The country's highest point is Mont Sokbaro of 658 m.

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