Languages of Benin

Languages by Ethnologue language code

Although Benin is a small country of about 7.2 million people, its inhabitants come from more than 50 distinct language communities. These languages are all listed in Ethnologue: Languages of the World. Most of them belong to the Kwa and Gur language families, which in turn are part of the Niger-Congo family of languages.

  • mql [Mbelime]
  • mxl [Gbe, Maxi]
  • nqg [Ede Nago]
  • nqk [Ede Nago, Kura]
  • ntm [Nateni]
  • pil [Yom]
  • soy [Miyobe]
  • sxw [Gbe, Saxwe]
  • tbz [Ditammari]
  • tfi [Gbe, Tofin]
  • tye [Kyenga]
  • wci [Gbe, Waci]
  • wem [Gbe, Weme]
  • wwa [Waama]
  • xkb [Ede Nago, Manigri-Kambolé]
  • xwe [Gbe, Xwela]
  • xwl [Gbe, Western Xwla]
  • yor [Yoruba]