Benin. According to
CountryAAH, the total population in Benin is 12,123,211 people in 2020.
Several corruption revelations shook the country.
In June, 27 judges and ten other court employees were
sentenced to up to five years in prison for embezzlement of
license fees equivalent to over SEK 100 million. While the
trial was ongoing, the government announced that
investigations had shown that higher officials had stolen
the equivalent of about SEK 1 billion. from the Treasury in
1996–99. More than 200 cases were disclosed and more than
100 trials were initiated. Among the defendants were many
police officers and employees at the customs office.
During the year Benin's economy deteriorated drastically.
The state's tax revenue fell sharply and the price of staple
maize doubled in a short time. The government blamed the
problems on neighboring Nigeria's restrictions on trade with
Benin and on the fact that cotton exports were hampered by
government subsidies to US and European cotton growers.
Cotton accounts for about half of Benin's export earnings.
But there were also strong suspicions that employees of
President Mathieu (Ahmed) Kérékou took the opportunity to
bring large sums out of the country before his departure in
In October, the leading trade unions carried out a
three-day strike for higher salaries for government
employees, increased pensions and lower university fees.