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Benin is in Western Africa, bordering the Bight of Benin, between Nigeria and Togo. The climate is tropical and hot and humid in the south, but semi arid in the north.The official language is French. A large number of people speak Fon and Yaruba. English is not widely spoken. The main religions are Indigenous beliefs, Christianity and Islam.The economy of Benin remains underdeveloped and dependent on subsistence agriculture, cotton production, and regional trade. Cotton accounts for 40% of GDP and roughly 80% of official export receipts.Beninois religious beliefs are a large part of society. Business clothing is usually in the form of lightweight suits. Women are prominent at all levels of business and public life. The working week is Monday to Friday, though in the north, some businesses may be closed on Friday afternoons.The security risk for expatriates in Benin is low, but medium for the border area with Nigeria. Risks include petty and armed crime, more prevalent near the Nigerian border, as well as armed crime in Cotonou. Other risks include traffic accidents, often related to the many scooter taxis, and there have been incidents of pirates attacking ships off the country's coast.The currency of Benin is the CFA Franc BCEAO (XOF). Benin is largely a cash based economy. Credit cards are not widely accepted and ATMs are limited.Medical facilities are poor and emergency facilities are extremely limited. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. Cholera, tuberculosis, meningitis and malaria are common.The population of Benin is 10.9 Million (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is -1.7% for Benin as at September 2019.Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Benin is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 35%.Within Benin we also cover Cotonou.