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Capital:Porto Novo
Area:112,620 km²
Population:7,862,944 (2006 estimate)
Language(s):French (official), Fon and Yoruba (most common vernaculars in south), tribal languages (at least six major ones in north).
Religion(s):Indigenous beliefs - 50%, Christian - 30%, Muslim - 20%.
Ethnic Group(s):African (including 42 ethnic groups, mainly from the Fon, Adja, Yoruba and Bariba groups) - 99%, European - 1%.