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Full namePorto-Novo
Official namePorto-Novo
Other nameHogbonou, Adjacé
Settlement typeCity and commune
Established16th century
Total Area42.5 sq mi (110 km2)
Elevation124.7 ft (38 m)
Total Population223552 (2002)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)

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Porto-Novo (also known as Hogbonou and Adjacé) is the official capital of the West African nation of Benin, and was the capital of French Dahomey. The commune covers an area of 110 square kilometres and as of 2002 had a population of 223,552 people.

Porto-Novo is a port on an inlet of the Gulf of Guinea, in the southeastern portion of the country. It is Benin's second largest city, and although the official capital, the city of Cotonou is more important, culturally and politically. The region around Porto-Novo produces palm oil, cotton and kapok. Petroleum was discovered off the coast of the city in the 1990s, and has become an important export.

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