Place:Porto-Novo, Ouémé, Benin


Coordinates6.467°N 2.6°E
Located inOuémé, Benin     (1500 - )
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Porto-Novo (also known as Hogbonou or Hogbonu by the Aja people, and Adjacé or Adjase or Adjatchê by the Yorubas) is the official capital of the West African nation of Benin, and was the capital of French Dahomey. The commune covers an area of and as of 2002 had a population of 223,552 people.

Porto-Novo is a port on an inlet of the Gulf of Guinea, in the southeastern portion of the country. It is Benin's second-largest city, and although Porto-Novo is the official capital, where the national legislature sits, the larger city of Cotonou is the seat of government, where most of the government buildings are situated and government departments operate. The region around Porto-Novo produces palm oil, cotton and kapok. Petroleum was discovered off the coast of the city in the 1990s, and has become an important export.

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