Gabon

Population

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The country profiles are intended to provide some background and context for the descriptions of the churches. These profiles should be read in conjunction with those of the churches in the country.

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1375223
Surface area:267700 km2
Capital:Libreville
GNI per capita:3340 US$
Classification:Developing economy
Languages:

French

Bulu Fang

other

Religions:

Christian: 91.00%

Muslim: 5.00%

African traditional: 4.00%

Christianity:

Catholics: 690000

Protestants: 199800

Independent: 236600

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The area of what is today Gabon was inhabited by the Bantu people when Europeans began to explore the west coast of Africa. The population was subjected to the slave trade, and the territory was colonized by the French in the 19th century. Gabon became independent in 1960. It has remained in the French sphere of influence. Rich offshore resources have made it a major oil producing country. However only a minority of the population benefit from the income. The traditional economy of Gabon is based on timber, coffee, cocoa, palm oil and subsistence agriculture. The country has been governed by the same president since 1967. In the early 1990s, some democratic reforms were introduced. About half of the population belongs to the Catholic Church. The Evangelical Church is the largest Protestant church, followed by the Christian Alliance Church. Several African indigenous churches exist which have about the same number of followers as the Protestant churches together. Gabon is the country where Albert Schweitzer exercised his ministry.

 

Ecumenical Organizations and Councils

    WCC member churches based in Gabon

    WCC member churches present in Gabon

      Note: The list of churches present in countries is still in development.

      Last updated: 01/01/06