Benin

By: Carlos Galo


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Introduction

This country is located in the West part of Africa, which is bordered by Niger & Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the west and with Nigeria to the east. As a matter of fact this country was colonized by the French in 1872 & gained their independence in August the 1st of 1960. Due to this the country primary language is French. But indigenous languages such as Fon & Yoruba are still spoken.


Important Points

Population: 9,598,787

Birth Rate: 37.55 births/1,000 population

Death Rate: 8.79 deaths/1,000 population

Net Migration Rate: 0 migrant(s)/1,000 population

Infant Mortality Rate: 60.03 deaths/1,000 live births

Population Growth Rate: 2.877%

Life Expectancy: 60.26 years

Doubling Time: 24.39 years

Explanation

The life style of the people of this country is quite low average, meaning that they have basically only for what they need. I can predict this due to the unemployment percentage, which is o.8%, but this percentage is only taking in count from ages to 15 to 24. Also the literacy percentage is 42.4%, this is the calculating from ages 15 above if they have the ability to read & write. With this information one can get to the conclusion that most of the population have less technological development. I believe that they don't really have a great health care, due to the fact that their infectious disease is very high in the country. The median age of the country is around 18 years old, so this tells us that the countries population is quite young indeed. But this shouldn't be such as a surprise, due to the fact that it wasn't so much time ago that the country got its independence from France (1960). Which makes them almost as a "new country."

This country is between 1st & 2nd stage of the DTM (Democratic Transition Model) due to their attachment in exporting cotton & trading with near-by countries. Making them in a LEDC (Less developed country).

In my perspective, health care is the most baffling issue this country has. As an amusing fact, Benin during the 1980s barely 30% of the population had access to primary health care services.

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