Cotonou Tourism, Benin

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Cotonou (French pronunciation: ​[kɔtɔˈnu]), formerly Kutonu, is the largest city and economic centre of Benin. Its official population count was 761,137 inhabitants in 2006; however, some estimates indicate its population to be as high as 1.2 million; the population in 1960 was only 70,000. The urban area continues to expand, notably towards the west. The city lies in the southeast of the country, between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Nokoué. In addition to being Benin's largest city, it is also the seat of government (even though Porto-Novo is the official capital); it is home to most of the country's government buildings and diplomatic services. The city is a major port, and is also home to an airport and a railway that links to Parakou. Other features of Cotonou include Cotonou Friendship Stadium, Cotonou Cathedral, Cotonou Central Mosque, the Ancien Pont Bridge and the 20-hectare Dantokpa Market, which has a commercial turnover of over one billion CFA Francs a day. Another familiar feature of the city is the motorcycle-taxis known as Zémidjans.

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Facts and Stats for Cotonou*

  • Cotonou: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Cotonou for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Cotonou.

    • Burglary and Theft 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 33.33 (Low)
    • Attacks 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 91.67 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 100 (Very High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 25 (Low)
  • Living in Cotonou - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 77.6 (High)
    • Climate Index 62.99 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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