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27 January 2010
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TRANSPORT

In Benin a total of 578 km of rail track and a single road split exists, as follows: public roads for a total of 6787 km of which 1357 Km 5430 Km paved and white.


AIRPORTS

Benin has an international airport named "Cardinal Bernardin Gantin" in Cotonou, area Cadjehoun.
It is situated in the area west of Cotonou in the district of Les Cocotiers, 15 minutes from the port by car.

This is the only airport that offers regular services and international services.

It covers an area of 250 acres in the west of the city and is well equipped, its features are:

  • 1st main runway with a length of 2400 m and a width of 45m;
  • a ramp with flexible structure, with a length of 180m;
  • parking, with a total area of 28,500 square meters for 10 positions, including 3 for the passenger terminal, used simultaneously;
  • a Hall of Honor;
  • a plant for freight waiting to move.

    His ability to work is estimated at 700,000 passengers and 10,000 tonnes of freight each year and it is only used to about 50%.
    Cotonou International Airport provides links with major cities in the region and France.

    Domestic flights connect the city of Benin.
    The International airport code is: COO

    Contact details are as follows:
    Longitude: 2 ° 23 '0 "E
    Latitude: 6 ° 21 '0 "N
    Major airlines are: Afriqiyah Airways, Air Burkina, Air France, Air Ivoire, Arik Air, Benin Golf Air, Air Mali, ASKY Airlines, whole South Africa, Kenya Airways. Interair South Africa, Mauritania Airways, Nigerian Eagle Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Toumai Air, Air TchadTrans Congo.

    In Benin there are 5 other airports in the cities of: Djougou, Kandi, Natitingou, Parakou and Save.


    PORTS

    Port of Cotonou
    The autonomous port of Cotonou (PAC) is the "economic engine" of the Republic of Benin. Due to its strategic location is the hub of trade also neighbors, especially Togo and Nigeria.

    In fact, the "Port Autonome de Cotonou is located along the Gulf of Guinea and is the starting point of the railway" Benin-Niger, "which extends inland for 439 km till an Patakou, a town in the middle of the country.

    Thanks to its advantageous geographical position, the CAP is a major shipping artery for western Africa.
    All types of goods pass through the port of Cotonou, especially imports of wheat, "chalk" used for the construction, agricultural processing, food, petroleum products, fertilizers, construction materials, vehicles and lubricants for the local market and those neighbors.

    The traffic of the port generates an annual turnover of more than 300 billion CFA francs (457.32 million) and for this reason that local government has allocated a large part of investment in order to increase the traffic capacity of incoming goods and exit through the strengthening of its management and ancillary services offered.
    Port activities (including treatment) have been widely liberalized and the monopoly was abolished.

    The Cotonou Port has recently established a computer system called the Program PORTWARE and Security Vessel Traffic System (Supervision of port facilities and their surroundings with microwave radar).

    The Vessel Traffic System (VTS) helps to regulate the maritime traffic and ensures security in the port and in the basin of the port.

    Another port in the country is Porto Novo.

    It is planned the creation of a new port by the local government, as the port of Cotonou alone can no longer satisfy demand.


    CURRENCY


    CFA franc


    TIMEZONE


    1 hours ahead of Greenwich


    ELECTRICITY

    230 V Frequency: 50 Hz


    WEIGHTS AND MEASURES

    Metric


    HEALTH RISKS

    Compulsory vaccinations: yellow fever.

    Recommended vaccinations: diphtheria and tetanus, hepatitis A virus, hepatitis B virus, typhoid fever, meningitis, rabies.

    Benin is not safe to drink tap water.

    Malaria is a serious risk, all year round throughout the country.

    Other risks: are rising cases of AIDS, cholera, dengue, meningococcal meningitis.


    TOURISM

    Known in the past with the unedifying name of the slave coast of Benin, Kingdom of ex Dahomei, it is today one of the most interesting tourist destinations in Africa and rich in experiences particularly significant.

    The beautiful nature, antiques scattered across the territory and the white beaches of the coast make the country rich in dream destinations and memorable places.

    Old forts and places from the spiritual value accompanying the tourists made an unreal dimension of cults and beliefs, fears and hopes that recall dormant for centuries around the majestic and mysterious power of nature.


    CLIMATE

    With a changing of the seasons, Benin has a tropical climate. The level of moisture (rain) a number between 900 to 1300 mm of water per year.

    The south has an equatorial climate with rainfall concentrated in the periods from March to July and November-December.


    LANGUAGe

    French is used as the official language (the country is part of French-speaking) and is spoken mainly in urban areas.

    Among the indigenous languages, the most used are the Fon and Yoruba.


    RELIGION

    Indigenous cults represent the predominant religion, they are then spread the Christian and Muslim minorities (20%)

    Specifically: Animist 65%, Roman Catholic 17%, Muslim 15%, Protestant 3%.

    Local indigenous religions are predominant, although much of the population is Christian.

    Often, traditional religious practices are mixed practices of religions acquired.


    VISAS

    Italian travelers, like those of most countries, must have a visa for entry, depending on the type that allows a stay ranging from 30 to 90 days and that should be required before departure.

    For the issue  it is necessary to submit, among other documents, the passport  which must be valid for three months.

 

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