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Benin (pronounced /bɨˈnɪn/), officially the Republic of Benin, is a country in Western Africa. It borders Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east and Burkina Faso and Niger to the north; its short coastline to the south leads to the Bight of Benin. Its size is just over 110000 km2 with a population of almost 8500000. Its capital is the Yoruba founded city of Porto Novo, but the seat of government is the Fon city of Cotonou. About half the population live below the international poverty line of US$1.25 per day.
Religion in Benin
According to the 2002 census, 42.85 of the people of Benin are Christians. The most popular Christian denomination is the Roman Catholicism, practiced by 27.18% of the population. The Celestial Church of Christ is followed by 5% of the population and 3."5 of the people are Methodists. Islam is the religion of 17.35 of Benin's people.
Although Christians, Muslims and followers of traditional African religions are found throughout the country Christians are largely concentrated in the south and Muslims in the north and southeast. It is not unusual to find different members of one family who practice Christianity, Islam and indigenous African religions or a combination of the three.
Less than 0.1% of the people of Benin are Buddhists.
- The Complete Book of Buddha's Lists -- Explained. David N. Snyder, Ph.D., 2006.
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