Atlantique Department

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Atlantique
Department
Map highlighting the Atlantique Department
Map highlighting the Atlantique Department
Coordinates: 6°40′N 2°15′E / 6.667°N 2.250°E / 6.667; 2.250Coordinates: 6°40′N 2°15′E / 6.667°N 2.250°E / 6.667; 2.250
Country  Benin
Capital Ouidah
Area[1]
 • Total 3,233 km2 (1,248 sq mi)
Population (2013 census)
 • Total 1,396,548
 • Density 430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)

Atlantique is one of the twelve departments in Benin.

This department is located in south central Benin along the Atlantic coast, between the Mono and Couffo in the west, Zou in the north, and Oueme in the east. Ethnically, the Fon at 61% constitute the majority of the population. They are followed by the Yoruba at 10%, Aja at 7%. Other groups make up the remaining 22%.

Important towns in the department include Allada, Ouidah, Abomey-Calavi and Godomey.

The département of Atlantique lost some territory in 1999 when it split off to become a Littoral Department.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Atlantique is subdivided into eight communes, each centered at one of the principal towns:

Communes of Atlantique

References[edit]

  1. ^ Benin at geohive.com