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The culture of Benin is as rich and diverse as its landscape and is certainly one of the most unique and interesting in Africa. Bordered by Nigeria, Togo, Niger and Burkina Faso, Benin has a population of approximately 10.87 million inhabitants as of the year of 2016.

The official language spoken in the country is French, although other indigenous languages such as Fon and Yoruba are equally widely spoken. As with most clothing in West Africa, the textiles used in the country are vibrant and ornately decorated. Each cultural group, be it Fon, Yoruba or Edo has its unique but recognizable attire.

The largest religious group is Roman Catholicism being the largest religious group present followed by Islam, Vodun and Protestantism.

Renown for its colorful and exotic cuisine, Beninese cuisine is unique in its kind and consists of staples such as yams, couscous, rice and beans. Being a tropical country, it also boasts of fruits such as mangoes, bananas, kiwis, avocados and pineapples.

Music is of vital importance in the country and Benin is home to notable artists including the internationally acclaimed singer Angelique Kidjo.

The most popular sport is football although over the past few decades, baseball is becoming common among the locals.

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