Benin is a country in west Africa with more than 8 million inhabitants. Neighboring countries are Togo, Burkina Faso, Niger and Nigeria. In the south it lies on the Bay of Benin. The vast fertile plains lie in the North. Northwestern is the low Atakora ridge. In the south there is a narrow coastal plain with paradisiacal beaches, interspersed with forests. Furthermore, lagoons and swamps. Further inland lies the land of the 41 hills and plains. There is a tropical climate. There is a more savannah-like climate in the north. The capital Porto Novo has 240,000 inhabitants. Sights include the royal palace of King Toffa (the Honmè museum), the ethnographic museum, the Ad'ara market and the Sylva museum. Just outside the city lies the village of Aguégués. Other important cities are the largest city Cotonou, Godomey, Parakou, Bohicon, Djougou, Abomey-Calavi, Nikki and Natitingou. The ruins of the former royal palaces in Abomey are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Other places of interest are the W and Pjendjari parks, the mountain village of Tanéka Koko, and the coastal town and voodoo capital Ouidah.

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