Borgou Department

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Borgou
Department
Map highlighting the Borgou Department
Map highlighting the Borgou Department
Coordinates: 9°21′N 2°37′E / 9.350°N 2.617°E / 9.350; 2.617Coordinates: 9°21′N 2°37′E / 9.350°N 2.617°E / 9.350; 2.617
Country  Benin
Capital Parakou
Area[1]
 • Total 25,856 km2 (9,983 sq mi)
Population (2013 census)
 • Total 1,202,095
 • Density 46/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)
For the general region of both Benin and Nigeria, see Borgu.

Borgou is one of the twelve departments of Benin. Borgou borders the country of Nigeria and the departments of Alibori, Atakora, Collines and Donga. The capital of Borgou is Parakou.

Borgu is ethnically 38% Bariba, 29% Fulani, 9% Dendi, 8% Yoruba, 7% Fon, who are mostly transplanted migrants from the South. Other national communities make up the rest of the population.

The département of Borgou lost its northern territory in 1999 when it split off to become Alibori Department.

Administrative divisions[edit]

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

Communes of Borgou

References[edit]

  1. ^ Benin at geohive.com