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country code: GA
EU membership: no
NATO membership: no
GPS: 1 00 S, 11 45 E
Central African CFA Franc: XAF
1XAF = 0.002 USD
1XAF = 0.002 EUR
Travel advices and warnings Gabon
||Gabon's tourist industry is underdeveloped. Despite this, attractions include beaches, ocean and inland fishing facilities, the falls on the Ogooué River, and the Crystal Mountains. Tourists also come to see the famous hospital founded by Dr. Albert Schweitzer in Lambaréné. Hunting is legal in specific areas from December to September.
||Equatorial with up to 80% humidity. The dry season is from June to August, and the main rainy season is from October to May. Average temperatures are 25°C (77°F).
||The official language of Gabon is French, while 32% of the people speak Fang as a mother tongue. French is the medium of instruction. Before World War II very few Gabonese learned French, nearly all of them working in either business or government administration. After the war, France worked for universal primary education in Gabon, and by the 1960-61 census, 47% of the Gabonese over the age of fourteen spoke some French, while 13% were literate in the language. By the 1990s, the literacy rate had risen to about 60%.
||Most hotels and restaurants serve French and continental-style food and are expensive. Gabonese food is distinctive and delicious, but not always readily available, as most restaurants serve Senegalese, Cameroonian and Congolese food. European food is also served.
• Braised fish (bass and red fish).
• Manioc leaves.
• Bouillon de poisson (fish stew).
From wikipedia about Gabon
Gabon is a state in west central Africa sharing borders with Equatorial Guinea
to the northwest, Cameroon
to the north, and with the Republic of the Congo curving around the east and south. The Gulf of Guinea
, an arm of the Atlantic Ocean is to the west. It covers a land area of nearly 270, 000 km² and has an estimated population of 1, 500, 000. Its capital and largest city is Libreville.
Since its independence from France
on August 17, 1960, Gabon
has been ruled by three presidents. In the early 1990s, Gabon
introduced a multi-party system and a new democratic constitution that allowed for a more transparent electoral process and reformed many governmental institutions. Gabon
is also a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2010-2011 term. The small population density together with abundant natural resources and foreign private investment have helped make Gabon
one of the most prosperous countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, with the fourth highest HDI and the third highest GDP per capita (PPP) (after Equatorial Guinea
) in the region.
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