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Benin (formerly Dahomey), Population

Bariba, Parakou, Somba, Porto-Novo, Cotonou

Beninís population (2002 estimate) is 6,787,625, and is growing at a rate of 2.9 percent per year. Overall density is 60 persons per sq km (156 per sq mi), but is much higher in the south, where two-thirds of the inhabitants live. Some 42 percent live in urban areas. The main cities are Cotonou (population, 1994 estimate, 750,000); Porto-Novo (200,000), the capital; and Parakou (120,000). Some 42 ethnic groups are represented in Benin. The Fon, or Dahomeans, and the closely related Adja, who together account for about three-fifths of the population, are the main ethnic groups in the south; the Bariba and Somba (together about one-sixth of the population) are the largest in the north; and the Yoruba (one-tenth of the population) predominate in the southeast.

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