The Gabonese Republic is located on the west coast of central Africa. It shares a border with Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon and the Republic of Congo. Since achieving its independence from France in 1960, Gabon has only had 3 presidents. Late President Omar Bongo ruled for more than four decades until his death in 2009. Gabon is a major oil producer and one of the most prosperous countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. However, due to inequality in income distribution, the majority of the population live in poverty.
President: Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba
Population: 1.7 million
Languages: French, Bantu