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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. "

Get Connected to Our Community of Expats in Cotonou!

Salut! And welcome to the expat community in Cotonou! By becoming a member of InterNations, you have access to a community of expats who are both experienced and knowledgeable about starting life in another country. Connect with the expat community in Cotonou by asking those who've been in your shoes before the questions you really want the answers to, like "what is the healthcare system like in Benin?" and "where can I meet other expats in Cotonou?". Whatever you need to know, the expat community in Cotonou will be happy to help, enabling you to learn from their experiences.

With InterNations, you never stand alone. Whether you move to another city or go on a business trip somewhere — our communities are there to make you feel at home wherever you are in the world. Feel free to also check out our other vibrant InterNations Communities like the ones in Munich or Buenos Aires.

Join Our Exciting Events in Cotonou

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

Find More Information in Our Cotonou Expat Guides

  • Moving to Cotonou

    Cotonou has a long and complicated history that results today in a heterogeneous mix of cultures: this created a diverse and welcoming atmosphere that nowadays facilitates the integration of expats. Check out our expat guide for some useful information about moving to Cotonou!
  • Living in Cotonou

    Living in Cotonou is something unique that words can hardly explain: it is a city bursting with music, colorful clothing, great food and an affirming way of life. All the multiple facets of Cotonou make the life in the city an adventurous and rewarding experience. Find out more in our expat guide!
  • Working in Cotonou

    Today the city of Cotonou is a vibrant and lively place with a booming economy and excellent trade connections. Originally a market town, the job market of Cotonou carries the energy and vitality of its history of commerce into the present day. Find out more in our expat guide!

Exchange Tips about living in Cotonou

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Find Out More about Life in Cotonou

The largest city and capital of Benin, Cotonou, formerly known as Kutonu, is a bright, vibrant and bustling city and the economic hub of the country. Expats and tourists alike enjoy a busy nightlife, lots of shops and restaurants, and modern amenities. Benin itself is one of the safest countries in Africa, and most expats based in the country usually live in Cotonou. Many expats find Cotonou one of the easier African cities to live in, and while some elements may be a little challenging, many expats enjoy the traditional cuisine and interacting with friendly locals. For the security and luxury of the city, accommodation can sometimes be a little expensive, though.

InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 390 cities across the globe. Get to know fellow internationals in your city, before you're moving, or when traveling somewhere 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 Bangalore or Rome, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.

Connect to Other Expats in Cotonou with InterNations!

InterNations is a private network of expats, and every member has gone an approval process to become a part of our safe and secure platform. Not only do members have to be approved first, the principles of friendliness, open communication, respect and being welcoming towards people from other backgrounds and cultures, also play an important role in our community. Like many expats, you may not be ready to give up practicing a particular sport or pursuing your favorite hobbies, but with InterNations you don't need to. Join InterNations and have a look at the InterNations Groups in Cotonou for interesting groups and events to join. Nothing is going on at the moment or your interest isn't covered? Then create your own InterNations Group and meet like-minded expats in your city safely and securely.

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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