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Gabon is pronounced ga·bone” and and is one of the 9 countries located in Central Africa. Gabon was named after the Portuguese word gabão and this country’s official name is the Gabonese Republic. This country gained its independence on August 17, 1960 from France. In 2021 there were only 131 people from Gabon in the United States. Continue reading below to learn more about the beautiful African country, Gabon.

Gabon African Country Flag

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What Does The Gabon Flag Represent?

  • GREEN: symbolizes the equatorial forest
  • YELLOW: represents the sun
  • BLUE: is characterized by Gabon’s 800 kilometers of coastline

Where is Gabon located?

Gabon is located along the equator in Central Africa bordered by Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon and Republic of the Congo.

World Data Locator Map, Gabon

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What Timezone is the Gabon in?

West Africa Standard Time

Facts

Facts About Gabon:

  1. Capital: Libreville
  2. Population: 2.2 Million
  3. Nationality: Gabonese
  4. Gabon is made up of 9 provinces
  5. Political system: Republic and the president is elected for a 7 year term
  6. National symbol: Nurturing Motherhood
  7. Drinking age: 18
  8. Side of road to drive on: Right (same as USA)

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Languages

What Are The Official Languages of Gabon?

French is official language of Gabon and Fang is the local national language. Checkout the videos below to learn Fang:

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Currency

What Is The Currency of Gabon?

Currency: Central African Franc is the currency used in Gabon.

$1 = 644.14

$20 = 12882.74

$60 = 38648.23

Central African CFA francs isolated on white background.

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Religion

What Are The Religions of Gabon?

Religion: In Gabon the 2 main religions practiced are; Christianity (82%) and Islam (10%).

Food

What Are The Traditional Foods of Gabon?

Some popular dishes in Gabon are Poulet nyembwe, Chakery, and Dongo-dongo.

Holidays

What the Holidays Celebrated in Gabon?

Independence Day: August 17

Tourist Attractions

Places to visit in Gabon:

  • Loango National Park
  • Pongara
  • Fernan Vaz Lagoon

Is Gabon Safe?

When traveling anywhere especially for the first time, you should be vigilant and take all possible precaution measures in order to minimize the risk of getting stolen from, hurt or put in danger.

The Top Places To Live In Gabon:

  • Libreville

  • Port-Gentil

I hope this information has given you more insight into Gabon but there is so much more to learn! Visit their tourism website here to see more.

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