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Gabon
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1. General Situation

Gabon straddles the equator on the west coast of central Africa. It is bounded on the north by Cameroon, on the east and south by Congo (Brazzaville), and on the north and west by Equatorial Guinea. Its population includes about 68 distinct ethnic groups, the largest being the Bantu family (esp. the Fang, Eshira, Bapounou, and Bateke peoples). French is the official language, with 40 other languages also spoken in the country. In 1995 the literacy rate of Gabon was 63 percent.

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Mbiti, John, “Gabon”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 31 July 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_G2>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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