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Atlantique Department

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Atlantique is one of the twelve departments in Benin. The department is located in south central Benin along the Atlantic coast, between the Mono and Couffo in the west, Zou in the north, and Oueme in the east. Ethnically, the Fon at 61% constitute the majority of the population. They are followed by the Yoruba at 10%, Aja at 7%. Other groups make up the remaining 22%. Important towns in the department include Allada, Ouidah, Abomey-Calavi and Godomey. The département of Atlantique was bifurcated during 1999 when some of its territory were moved to the newly formed Littoral Department.Per 2013 census, the total population of the department was 1,398,229 with 686,747 males and 711,482 females. The proportion of women was 50.90 per cent. The total rural population was 55.50 percent, while the urban population was 44.50 per cent. The total labour force in the department was 433,515 out of which 43.40 per cent were women. The proportion of households with no level of education was 39.20 and the proportion of households with children attending school was 77.30.
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