General information

Capital: Porto-Novo

Currency unit: CFA franc

Official language: French

Area: 112,760 km²

Population in million: 11,485,000.0 

GDP per capita (current US dollars): 902 

GDP per capita, PPP (current international $): 2,425 


Labor force participation rate (% of total population ages 15+): 71.2 

Annual growth rate of the population: 2.7 %

Mortality rate, infant (per 1,000 live births): 60.5 %

Life expectancy at birth: 61.2 ans

Youth literacy rate Literacy rate, youth total (% of people ages 15-24): 42 %


Gross domestic product (GDP) in billions of US dollars: 10,354,300,000.00 

Agriculture value added of GDP: 22.6 

Industry value added of GDP: 21.5 

Services value added of GDP: 6.8 


Total exports in billions of US dollars: 629,814.00 

Total imports in billions of US dollars: 4,341,830.00 

Major manufactured products (as % of total exports) :
Bars and rods of iron or steel (1.63 %)
Other bars and rods of iron or steel (1.08 %)
Woven fabrics of cotton (0.93 %)
Bars and rods of iron or steel, forged, hot-rolled, hot-drawn (0.57 %)
Hydraulic cements (0.33 %)

Weight of major primary products excluding minerals and oil (as % of total exports) :
Cotton, not carded or combed (14.97 %)
Coconuts, Brazil nuts and cashew nuts (12.43 %)
Wood in the rough (4.99 %)
Meat and edible offal of the poultry (3.14 %)
Rice (2.80 %)

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              Global Sustainable Competitiveness Indicator

              The indicator highlights the scores of each of the three pillars of the sustainable competitiveness. A larger area means a higher score (0-100) and therefore a more favorable economic situation.

              Price competitiveness

              Benin: 51
              Breakdown by component
              Price competitiveness51
              Macroeconomic competitiveness
              Benin: 40
              Products competitiveness
              Benin: 65

              Durability and resistance to vulnerabilities

              Revealed competitivenes and economic performances

              Benin: -
              Breakdown by component
              Revealed competitivenes and economic performances-
              Weighted market shares index of the 5 major exported primary products (except oil and ores)
              Benin: 253
              Weighted market shares index of the 5 major exported manufactured products
              Benin: 261