Translated from Portuguese to mean “New Port” in English, Porto-Novo is a port on the Gulf of Guinea that originally was a hub for the slave trade led by the Portuguese Empire. Porto-Novo is sometimes called Hogbonou or Adjacé.
One of the most compelling tourist attractions in Porto-Novo is its Grand Mosque, a Muslim mosque embellished with Baroque architecture and ornamentation.
Other popular sites in Porto-Novo are the Governor’s Palace (home of the national legislature), Porto-Novo Museum of Ethnography (large collection of ethnic Yoruba masks) and King Toffa’s palace (now an African royalty museum).
Research website numbeo lacks sufficient data to rank Porto-Novo on its comprehensive global quality of life rating which benchmarks 250 cities worldwide. Numbeo does evaluate its country Benin on several individual factors. For instance, Benin’s traffic commute time ranks among the 8% fastest while its safety score places the West African county in the top 40%. Benin rates relatively poorly for health care (bottom 2%) and pollution (worst).
According to Global Finance magazine, Benin is the world’s 33rd poorest country in 2020.
From an international trade perspective, Benin exported an estimated US$850.6 million worth of goods around the globe in 2019. Its most valuable exports include uncombed cotton (53% of Benin’s global total), cashew nuts (9%), miscellaneous oil seeds and oleaginous fruits (6.6%), refined petroleum oils (2.9%), cement (also 2.9%), poultry meat (2.3%), cotton-seed oil (2%), gold (1.7%), oilcake and other solid residues (1.6%), and sawn or chipped wood (1.3%) according to the International Trade Centre).
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: 234,168 (Porto-Novo) at August 19, 2020
Density: 5,854 people per square mile (2,260 per square kilometer)
Population: 12,168,325 (Benin) at August 19, 2020
Density: 278 people per square mile (108 per square kilometer)
Median age for all Benin: 18.8 years old
Official language in Benin: French
GDP: US$40.717 billion in 2019 (Benin)
GDP per person: $3,446
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
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Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
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Benin won its independence from France on August 1, 1960. Each August 1 is celebrated as the public holiday called Benin’s National Day.
Porto-Novo’s land area measures 40 square miles (103.6 square kilometers) with an estimated population of 234,168 dwellers at August 19, 2020.
At the country level, Benin’s land area covers 43,537 square miles (112,760 square kilometers) and is home to 12.2 million residents.
Population density is more concentrated within Porto-Novo, averaging 5,854 inhabitants per square mile (2,260 per square kilometer).
Zooming out to Benin’s overall land boundaries, population density dilutes to an average 278 people per square mile (108 per square kilometer).