The Republic of Benin is located in West Africa. It is bordered to the North by Burkina Faso and Niger, to the west by Togo and to the east Nigeria. Its capital is Porto-Novo, but the government resides in Benin's largest city, Cotonou. The country covers an area of 110,000 square kilometers. The people of Benin are highly reliant on agriculture. The most employment and income in this area come from their ways of subsistence farming.
The President of Benin, in this presidential representative democratic republic, is both head of state and government. This came to be after the collapse of their previous government in 1990. The judicial system in Benin is separate from the government and legislature. They achieved full independence from France in 1960. Benin is home to approximately 9.05 million people. The official language there is French, but other dialects are known to be used in this region as well.
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