Gabon, lying astride the equator on the western coast of Africa, is one of the most stable countries on the continent. With a small population and significant oil and mineral reserves, it is also among the wealthiest – although income inequality is high, Gabon enjoys a per capita income four times that of most sub-Saharan African countries. The country's official language is French. The capital, Libreville, is Gabon's largest city and economic centre.
Australia was, in 2012, the third-largest destination for Gabonese exports (predominantly crude petroleum). Meat (excluding beef) is the largest Australian export to Gabon.
Gabon was a founding member of the African Union. It is also a member of La Francaphonie and the Economic Community of Central African States.
Australia's Ambassador to Gabon is resident in Abuja, Nigeria.
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