is the largest city in Benin. Although Porto-Novo is the capital in Cotonou are many embassies and the national airport and most activities can be found here.
The national airport Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport, the big harbor (important for West-Africa it was modernized and enlarged in 1960) and industrial activities like the beer brewery Beninoise.
The National University of Benin is also located in Cotonou in Abomey Calavi.
Many embassies are located in Cotonou and it is also the commercial center of the country.
Cotonou is located in the south east of the country and lies between the Gulf of Guinee in the south and Lake Nokoué in the north. The city is devided in two pieces by the Oueme River. There are three bridges over the river. Cotonou is the capital of the province of Atlantique.
The name ‘Cotonou’ comes from the Fon language and means; the mouth of the river of death.