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Ganvie is located in Benin
Location in Benin
Coordinates: 6°28′N 2°25′E / 6.467°N 2.417°E / 6.467; 2.417
Country  Benin
Department Atlantique Department
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)

Ganvie is a lake village in Benin, lying in Lake Nokoué, near Cotonou. With a population of around 20,000 people, it is probably the largest lake village in Africa and as such is very popular with tourists.

The village was established in the sixteenth or seventeenth centuries by the Tofinu people, established on the lake for the Tofinu to avoid to large ships of European slave raiders, making the islands in the lagoon a safe territory for other tribes.

Originally based on farming, the village's main industries other than tourism are now fishing and fish farming.

World Heritage Status[edit]

The village was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on October 31, 1996 in the Cultural category.[1]

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Coordinates: 6°28′N 2°25′E / 6.467°N 2.417°E / 6.467; 2.417