Ten fun facts about Gabon


Fact 1
The country is mainly hilly terrain and full of lush green rainforests. The highest point is Mount Iboundji (1,575 m).

Fact 2
Nearly 55 – 75% is Christian, while the others follow traditional beliefs.

Fact 3
The official currency used is Communuate Financiere Africaine Francs. Gabon gained independence on August 17, 1960.


Fact 4
The climate is mostly hot and humid owing to the fact that it lies right on the equator. Wettest months are May and June. The dry cool months are between June and August.

Fact 5
The economy of the country depends on timber and manganese. Industries are petroleum extractions and refining, manganese and gold mining and chemicals.

Fact 6
Agriculture includes cacao, coffee, sugar, palm oil, cattle, okoume tropical softwood) and fish. Exports include crude oil, timber, manganese and uranium.

Fact 7
The rainforests are home to 777 species of birds. The largest lake in Gabone is Ogooue which stretches over a distance of 1200 km.

Fact 8
The official language of Gabon is French and the other languages spoken are Fang, Myene, Bateke, Bapounou/Eschira and Bandjabi.

Fact 9
The capital is Libreville (Free Town). It was founded by freed slaves in 1849.

Fact 10
Gabon is home to 80% of Africa’s Gorilla population. It also has hundreds of dolomite and limestone caves many of which are still unexplored.


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Short about Gabon
Is located in central Western Africa bordered by Equatorial Guinea in the northwest, Cameroon in the north and the republic of Congo whose borders stretches from the east to the south of Gabon.


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Population
1,711,000

Sources
CIA The World Factbook



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