Porto-Novo is officially the capital city for the Republic of Benin, a West African country formerly called Dahomey. But while Benin’s parliament is found in Porto-Novo, most government ministries are located in the country’s largest city Cotonou.
Benin is a tiny player in international trade, with total exports amounting to US$409.8 million in 2016. Benin’s highest-value exported products are cotton, cashew nuts and gold which together accounted for over half of the country’s export sales.
Capital Facts for Porto-Novo, Benin: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Porto-Novo Museum of Ethnography, King Toffa’s Palace museum, Jean Bayol Garden, Grand Mosque and the Governor’s Palace
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Porto-Novo, Benin:
- Safradine Traoré, soccer player/footballer (born May 31, 1986)
- Luc Gnacadja, politician & architect (born Oct. 19, 1958)
- Mathieu Gnanligo, Olympic sprinter (born Dec. 13, 1986)
- Angueran Edjekpan, soccer player/footballer (born Jan. 15, 1985)
- Gloria Koussihouede, Olympic swimmer (born Apr. 4, 1987)
- Romuald Hazoumè, artist (born Feb. 7, 1962)
- Stanislas Ogoudjobi, Olympic Taekwondo competitor (born Mar. 25, 1977)
- Aziz Balagoun, soccer player/footballer (born Apr. 8, 1981)
- Théodore Holo, judge & former foreign minister (born Apr. 15, 1948)
- Nouréini Tidjani-Serpos, author (born Jan. 15, 1946)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a resident of Benin: Beninese
Population: 500,000 (Porto-Novo built-up urban area)
Density: 12,821 people per square mile (4,950 per square kilometer)
Population: 10,741,458 (Benin)
Density: 251 people per square mile (97 per square kilometer)
GDP per person: $2,200
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Porto-Novo were unavailable.
Official currency used in Porto-Novo: West African CFA franc
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 15, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 15, 2017
Embassy of the United States, Cotonou: Benin. Accessed on January 15, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on August 1, 2017
The World Factbook, Africa: Benin, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 15, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 15, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Porto-Novo. Accessed on January 15, 2017
Wikipedia, Benin. Accessed on January 15, 2017
Wikipedia, Capital Districts and Territories. Accessed on January 15, 2017
World Population Review, Population of Cities in Benin (2016). Accessed on January 15, 2017
Including municipal city limits plus nearby communities, Porto-Novo’s built-up urban land area measures 39 square miles (101 square kilometers) with an estimated population of 500,000 in 2015. Strictly within city limits, Porto-Novo’s population count is 234,168 according to the World Population Review.
A narrow north–south strip of land, Benin covers a total 42,711 square miles (110,622 square kilometers). There were about 10.7 million Beninese as of July 2016.
Population density is higher within Porto-Novo’s built-up urban area with an average 12,800 inhabitants per square mile (5,000 per square kilometer).
At the country level, density drop dramatically to an average 250 people per square mile (100 per square kilometer) for Benin overall.
Benin won its independence from France on August 1, 1960. Each August 1 is celebrated as the public holiday called Benin’s National Day.