Imports$2.213 billion (2011 est.)
Exports$1.849 billion (2011 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)2.7% (2011 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$1,500 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate3% (2010 est.)
Internet users200,100 (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular7.075 million (2010)
Population growth rate2.877% (2012 est.)
Population9,598,787 (July 2012 est.)
About this country
Present day Benin was the site of Dahomey, a prominent West African kingdom that rose in the 15th century.
The territory became a French Colony in 1872 and achieved independence on 1 August 1960, as the Republic of Benin.
A succession of military governments ended in 1972 with the rise to power of Mathieu KEREKOU and the establishment of a government based on Marxist-Leninist principles....
The economy of Benin remains underdeveloped and dependent on subsistence agriculture, cotton production, and regional trade.
Growth in real output had averaged about 4% before the global recession, but fell to 2.
5% in 2009 and 3% in 2010....
The Economist Intelligence Unit
Outlook for 2014-15 Although we expect the president, Boni Yayi, to remain in power until the 2016 polls, he will find it increasingly challenging to implement his political and economic reform programme ...
Country Watch Inc.
Benin Country Review is a concise and meaningful source of country-specific information, containing fundamental demographic, social, political, economic, investment and environmental information in a consistent ...
GDP growth is estimated to have remained above 3% in 2011 and 2012, after being badly hit by flooding in 2010. We expect it to rise further to 4% this year, following a marked increase in cotton production ...
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