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Benin


    • Population:
      5,522,677 (July 1995 est.)

    • Age structure:

        0-14 years:
        48% (female 1,324,553; male 1,333,673)

        15-64 years:
        49% (female 1,431,630; male 1,299,180)

        65 years and over:
        3% (female 74,119; male 59,522) (July 1995 est.)

    • Population growth rate:
      3.33% (1995 est.)

    • Birth rate:
      47.25 births/1,000 population (1995 est.)

    • Death rate:
      13.93 deaths/1,000 population (1995 est.)

    • Net migration rate:
      0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1995 est.)

    • Infant mortality rate:
      107.6 deaths/1,000 live births (1995 est.)

    • Life expectancy at birth:

        total population:
        52.24 years

        male:
        50.34 years

        female:
        54.2 years (1995 est.)

    • Total fertility rate:
      6.72 children born/woman (1995 est.)

    • Nationality:

        noun:
        Beninese (singular and plural)

        adjective:
        Beninese

    • Ethnic divisions:
      African 99% (42 ethnic groups, most important being Fon, Adja, Yoruba, Bariba), Europeans 5,500

    • Religions:
      indigenous beliefs 70%, Muslim 15%, Christian 15%

    • Languages:
      French (official), Fon and Yoruba (most common vernaculars in south), tribal languages (at least six major ones in north)

    • Literacy:
      age 15 and over can read and write (1990 est.)

        total population:
        23%

        male:
        32%

        female:
        16%

    • Labor force:
      1.9 million (1987)

        by occupation:
        agriculture 60%, transport, commerce, and public services 38%, industry less than 2%






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