What is it like living in Gabon?

What is it like living in Gabon?

Unlike many other African nations in the vicinity, Gabon enjoys a relatively stable political system, as well as prosperous economy. In spite of this, many Gabonese people still live in poverty. However, the relative safety of the nation is a plus for any expatriates thinking of living in Gabon.

Is it expensive to live in Gabon?

The cost of living in Gabon is $561, which is 1.31 times less expensive than the world average. Gabon ranked 154th out of 197 countries by cost of living and the 142nd best country to live in. The average salary after taxes in Gabon is $477, which is enough to cover living expenses for 0.9 months.

What are traditions in Gabon?

In fact, their traditions are mostly centered araound worship and the afterlife. Art for the sake of art was a foreign concept to African culture until the arrival of the Westerners. Before colonization, the Gabonese considered music, instruments, masks, sculptures, and tribal dances as rites and acts of worship.

Is Gabon a safe place to live?

Although Gabon is, by and large, a safe country in which few travellers experience any problems, it doesn’t hurt to remain cautious and be prepared for potential dangers. Contrary to what you might expect, tropical disease, most notably malaria, poses the biggest safety threat at any time of year.

Can I move to Gabon?

For expats planning on moving to Gabon for a longer period of time, the Department of Documentation and Immigration delivers two kinds of residency permits: a free residency permit, granted for example to expats working for the Gabonese Government, and a fee-paying residency permit.

What religion is Gabon?

The Episcopal Conference of Gabon estimates approximately 80 percent of the population is Christian. Of the Christian population, approximately two-thirds is Roman Catholic and one-third Protestant, which includes evangelical and awakening churches.

What is the crime rate in Gabon?

Crime rates in Gabon

Level of crime 50.00 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs 47.92 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft 54.17 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery 41.67 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery 89.58 Very High

What is the average wage in Gabon?

How much money does a person working in Gabon make? A person working in Gabon typically earns around 553,000 XAF per month. Salaries range from 140,000 XAF (lowest average) to 2,470,000 XAF (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

Is English spoken in Gabon?

This fall Gabon became the second French-speaking African country in three years to announce it would begin adopting English as an official language.

What is Gabon famous for?

Gabon is notable for the Oklo reactor zones, the only known natural nuclear fission reactor on Earth which was active two billion years ago. The site was discovered during uranium mining in the 1970s to supply the French nuclear power industry.

Is Gabon Safe 2020?

Gabon is, overall, not that safe to visit. If you decide to go to Gabon, you should be aware that crime, poor road conditions, interruptions to power, and poor water quality are just some of the things tourists will have a problem with.

How dangerous is Gabon?

Petty crime, including pickpocketing, bag snatching and vehicle break-ins, is common in Gabon. Keep your valuables out of sight. Violent crime, including robberies and armed attacks, occurs, especially in Libreville and Port Gentil. Don’t walk alone or at night.

What to do if you are a British citizen in Gabon?

During periods of unrest, police checks may increase. Make sure you have all required documentation with you and avoid large gatherings. Consular support may be limited in Gabon. However, the British High Commission in Yaoundé, Cameroon or Honorary Consul in Libreville can provide consular support to British nationals. See Consular assistance

What do you need to know about travel to Gabon?

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice. If you’re planning travel to Gabon, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

How many people live in the Gabon forest?

There are probably about 12,000 forest people, but without birth certificates or identity cards, it’s hard to know for definite. There are still groups living entirely in the forest, but their numbers are dwindling. The Gabon forest is hot, humid, and the air is thick with insects. Malaria and dengi fever are endemic.

Where are the major cities of Gabon located?

More than four-fifths of Gabon’s population is urban, with about half the people living in its largest city, Libreville. Other major cities include Port-Gentil, Franceville, Oyem, and Moanda.

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