In this series of articles we overview languages present in any given country. This time we are looking at the languages spoken in Benin

The biggest languages present in Benin include:

  • French – 3.76 million speakers
  • Fon – 2.91 million speakers
  • Yoruba – 1.70 million speakers

The sole official language of the country is French.

Below you will find summaries for the languages supported by our translation services.


French is a Indo-European language, distantly related to Slovak, Bengali, Hindi, Ukrainian, as well as a number of other languages. It is the sole official language of Benin.

French language summary
Number of speakers worldwide274 million
Language familyIndo-European
WritingFrench alphabet
Major French-speaking populations in:49 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

There are major French-speaking populations in more than 40 countries of the world. With regard to the number of speakers, the most notable 3 countries are France, Canada, and Switzerland.

More than 3.76 million residents of Benin understand French.


French uses the Latin alphabet. It employs the extended version of the script, however, with 16 additional symbols. It is written from left to right.

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