Subdivisions of Benin

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Benin is divided into 12 departments (French: départements), and subdivided into 77 communes.

On the third level are the arrondissements of Benin.

Departments[edit]

Alibori Atakora Atlantique Borgou Collines Donga Couffo Littoral Mono Ouémé Plateau Zou
Departments of Benin
Main article: Departments of Benin

In 1999, the previous six departments were each split into two halves, forming the current 12. The six new departments were assigned official capitals in 2008.

Department Capital Population (2013) Area (km2) [1]
Alibori Kandi 868,046 26,242
Atakira Natitingou 769,337 20,499
Atlantique Ouidah 1,396,548 3,233
Borgou Parakou 1,202,095 25,856
Collines Savalou 716,558 13,931
Kuoffo Dogbo-Tota 741,895 2,404
Donga Djougou 542,605 11,126
Littoral Cotonou 678,874 79
Mono Lokossa 495,307 1,605
Ouémé Porto-Novo 1,096,850 1,281
Plateau Sakete 624,146 3,264
Zou Abomey 851,623 5,243

Communes[edit]

Main article: Communes of Benin

References[edit]