Benin

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Jaromir Novy

"There's only a small expat circle here in Cotonou, but this gave me the chance to say hello to everyone on InterNations! "

Jessica Johnson-Hanevolt

"Before I came here as an expat, I only knew Benin as home of actor Djimon Honsou. But now Cotonou & InterNations is my home too. "

Welcome to the InterNations Community of Expats in Benin!

Bonjour et bienvenue and warm greetings to our expat community in Benin, West Africa! Many expats in Africa take advantage of the InterNations platform to link up with each other, share experiences, and ultimately help each other through what can be a challenging transitional period. Drawing on the experiences of others is important in all parts of life, and embarking on an adventure to a foreign land is no different. "Which health concerns should I have regarding food?", "which kind of medical checks should I consider?" or "what is the best mobile phone provider to choose?" are all valid questions when moving to a country such as Benin, and through InterNations you'll have access to information you need from fellow expats — you might even make a few friends along the way!

With InterNations, you never stand alone. Whether you are moving to another country or going on a business trip somewhere — our communities around the world are there to make you feel at home wherever you are. Feel free to check out our vibrant InterNations Communities in countries like Panama or United Arab Emirates.

Join Our Exciting Events in Benin

Attend our monthly events and activities for Benin expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.

Find More Information in Our Benin Expat Guides

  • Moving to Benin

    Moving to Benin is not such a drastic decision as relocating to some of its neighboring countries: Benin is small and peaceful, with average services and infrastructures, and a friendly and welcoming population. Read on to find out more about the lands, its people, the climate, and transportation.
  • Living in Benin

    Benin with its diverse landscape, from seaside to rugged mountains, may not be a common expat destination, but living in Benin can be a unique experience! While it bears the scars of a complicated history, expats can look forward to getting to know the resulting multifaceted culture of modern Benin.
  • Working in Benin

    Working in Benin can be challenging, but the country is facing a phase of economic growth that it is likely to further open the local job market to expats. Check out our Expat Guide for more information about the local economy and job market, as well as taxes and work permits!

Exchange Tips about living in Benin

Get trustworthy advice and local insights from fellow members in our Benin expat forums.

Begin Your New Life as an Expat in Benin

Benin sits in the center of West Africa between Nigeria and Togo, a hugely vibrant region in which the majority of the population lives on the coastline. From voodoo temples to ancient palaces, there is plenty to do and see in the country during your leisure time. The lifestyle for expats in Benin may vary according to the city you live in. Cotonou is the country's largest city, and as a result the most polluted, while Porto Novo, the smaller capital city is considered more pleasant, with museums, restaurants, and relics of the country's colonial French history. And best of all for expats that need their down time — there are some nice beaches!

InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 390 cities around the world. Meet fellow global minds in your city of residence or get to know local expatriates before you're moving or traveling abroad and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Switzerland or Thailand, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.

Your Social Network for Expatriates in Benin

Lying on the equator, Benin's weather is intense and often unpredictable. But your move to the country need not be filled with doubt. The InterNations expat community in Africa is made up of polite, respectful users that benefit from an ever-expanding knowledge pool. Whether you're asking the questions or have tips to share yourself, the backbone of expat communities around the world is shared experience. Get connected with fellow expats in Africa today.

Jaromir Novy

"There's only a small expat circle here in Cotonou, but this gave me the chance to say hello to everyone on InterNations! "

Jessica Johnson-Hanevolt

"Before I came here as an expat, I only knew Benin as home of actor Djimon Honsou. But now Cotonou & InterNations is my home too. "

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