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Population (2009 est.)1,514,993
Religious DemographicsChristian 55%-75%, Animist, Muslim less than 1%
Ethnic GroupsBantu tribes, including four major tribal groupings (Fang, Bapounou, Nzebi, Obamba); other Africans and Europeans, 154,000, including 10,700 French and 11,000 persons of dual nationality
LanguagesFrench (official), Fang, Myene, Nzebi, Bapounou/Eschira, Bandjabi

The country has an area of 103,347 square miles and a population of 1.5 million. Approximately 73 percent of the population, including noncitizens, practices at least some elements of Christianity; 12 percent practices Islam (of whom 80 to 90 percent are foreigners); 10 percent practices animism exclusively; and 5 percent practices no religion. Many persons practice elements of both Christianity and animism.