Learn about Benin, a country in West Africa, and print out its flag in many different formats and sizes.
Ganvie, village on stilts, Benin
- Benin, or the Republic of Benin, was once known as Dahomey. It is situated in West Africa, with Togo to the east and Nigeria to the West, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. Its coastline was once known as the Slave Coast, as thousands of slaves were transported from here to the New World.
- Benin was colonised by the French in the late 19th Century and won back independence in 1960. French is the official language.
- People who come from Benin are known as Beninese.
- The capital city is Porto-Novo.
- The lake village of Ganvie, which you can see in the photo above, has a population of about 20,000 people and was established in the sixteenth or seventeenth centuries. One of the country's fiercest slave-trading tribes forbade its warriors from entering the water, so people who lived in the stilt houses on the lake were safe from capture!
Benin on map of Africa. Find a printable version here.
The Benin Flag
The national flag of Benin was adopted in 1959 to replace the French Tricolour when the People's Republic of Benin was first established. The flag consists of a horizontal yellow band above a red band on the right side and a green vertical band at the left.
Our Benin Resources
You can print the Benin flag in a variety of sizes, from large to cupcake flag size, with this printable page.
Locate Benin on a map of Africa with these two worksheets. The guided version is easier as all countries and capitals are marked.