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Benin National Anthem

Benin National Anthem
The Dawn of a New Day (L’Aube Nouvelle)

Formerly, at her call, our ancestors
Knew how to engage in mighty battles
With strength, courage, ardour, and full of joy, but at the price of blood.
Builders of present, you too, join forces
Each day for the task stronger in unity.
Build without ceasing for posterity.

Children of Benin, arise!
The resounding cry of freedom
Is heard at the first light of dawn,
Children of Benin, arise!

When all around there blows a wind of anger and hate:
Citizen of Benin be proud, and in a calm spirit
Trusting in the future, behold your flag!
In the green you read hope of spring;
The red signifies the courage of your ancestors;
The yellow foretells the greatest treasures.

Beloved Benin, your sunny mountains, palm trees, and green pastures
Show everywhere your brightness;
Your soil offers everyone the richest fruits.
Benin, from henceforth your sons are united
With one brotherly spirit sharing the hope of seeing you
Enjoy abundance and happiness forever.

Flag History

Adopted in 1959, the pan-African colors of red, yellow and green are used to symbolize African unity and nationalism. Benin became independent from France in 1960 and its name was adopted in 1959.
Geographic Coordinates 9 30 N, 2 15 E
Currency West African CFA franc (XOF)
Calling Code +229

President:Patrice Guillaume Athanase Talon
President of the National Assembly:Adrien Houngbédji
Capital city:Porto-Novo
Languages:French (official), Fon and Yoruba (most common vernaculars in south), tribal languages (at least six major ones in north)
National statistics office
Population:10,872,298 (2016)
Area:112,760 (2016)
GDP per capita:789 (2016)
GDP, billion current US$:8.6 (2016)
GINI index:43.53 (2012)
Ease of Doing Business rank:155 (2016)

GDP 9.41 billion US dollars IMF
GDP based on PPP 25.29 billion international dollars IMF
Real GDP growth 5.4 % IMF
GDP per capita 826 US dollars IMF
GDP per capita based on PPP 2,219 international dollars IMF
Inflation rate 2 % IMF
Current account balance -0.8 billion US dollars IMF
Current account balance as a share of GDP -8.7 % IMF
Government gross debt as a share of GDP 53.4 % IMF
Poverty rate 49.5 %



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