Where is Benin in the World?

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Benin is a West African country along the coast of the Gulf of Guinea. Officially called the Republic of Benin and formerly known as Dahomey, Benin shares borders with Burkina Faso, Niger, Togo, and Nigeria.

Latitudinal and Longitudinal Points of Benin

When it comes to GPS coordinates, there are always two points involved. The first point, called the latitude, refers to the position of a place in relation to the equator. The second point, known as the longitude, reflects which half of the globe a place is located in, whether that be the eastern hemisphere or the western hemisphere.

Benin’s latitude is 9.3077° N and the country’s longitude is 2.3158° E. The GPS coordinates of Benin show that the country is located in both the northern and the eastern hemisphere. The fact that Benin is in the northern hemisphere means that it is situated above the equator as well.

Benin’s Most Extreme Points

The most extreme of northern Benin is located along the Atakora River. Situated on the border that Benin shares with Niger, this point has a latitudinal coordinate of 12°25' N. To the south, the country of Benin has an extreme point in the department of Mono. With a latitude of 06°14' N, Benin’s southernmost point is located in the town of Grand-Popo.

The easternmost point of Benin has a longitude of 03°50' E. The most extreme point in the east is located along the border between Nigeria and Benin. To the west, Benin extends as far as a longitudinal coordinate of 0°50' E. The westernmost point of the country lies along the border between Togo and Benin.

Area and Population of Benin

The current population of Benin is approximately 11,655,095 people in total. Even though a population of over eleven thousand people sounds massive, this number is only 0.15% of the world’s total population. Based on population alone, Benin is the 78th most populated country on Earth.

The country’s total area measures at a grand total of 43,483 square miles of which 42,711 square miles are land and 772 square miles are water-based. Benin is a country that spans a width of 37.74 miles and a length of 346.09 miles.

Official Name
Republic of Benin
Common Name
112,622 km²
Bordering Countries
Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Togo
Calling Code
9.5, 2.25
Western Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa

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