Gabon

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INFORMATION

Capital: Libreville

Government: Dominant-Party Presidential Republic

Current President: Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba

Economy:

  • Oil and petroleum related goods are responsible for about 50% GDP, about 70% of revenues, and 87% of goods exports.
  • Wood processing, food and beverage processing contribute to industrial GDP and, together with oil industries, combine to account for nearly 64% of GDP.

Population: 1,772,255 (2017)

Land Size: 267,667 sq km (103,347 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

    • Fang
    • Bapounou
    • Nzebi
    • Obamba
    • Other Africans and Europeans: ~154,000
      • Including…
        • French: ~10,700
        • Dual Nationality: ~11,000
Religions:

  • Roman Catholic: 42.3%
  • Protestant: 12.3%
  • Other Christian: 27.4%
  • Muslim: 9.8%
  • Animist: <1%
  • Other <1%
  • None: 7.1%

Language(s):

  • French (official)
  • Fang
  • Myene
  • Nzebi
  • Bapounou/Eschira
  • Bandjabi

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RECENT NEWS

  • Thu - Aug 2, 2018: Trade-Offs in Managing Tramadol Abuse in Central Africa - AllAfrica News: Gabon
    [ISS] Tramadol is increasingly being used as a recreational drug across Central Africa. The illegal trade and non-medical use of this synthetic opioid poses risks for health and security. Health practitioners are faced with the dilemma of restricting its availability to curb abuse, at the expense of patients who need it to relieve pain.
  • Thu - Jul 26, 2018: Gabonese and Sudanese Leaders Received By Putin in Russia - AllAfrica News: Gabon
    [Fahamu] On 14 July 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin warmly received two African leaders, Gabonese Ali Bongo Ondimba and Sudanese Omar al-Bashir, within the framework of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.