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Which countries does the equator pass through?

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The equator passes through 13 countries: Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Gabon, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Maldives, Indonesia, Kiribati, and Sao Tome and Principe. This list does not include territorial waters of other countries through which the equator passes.

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Which countries does the equator pass through?
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All of the countries located on the equator are in both the northern and southern hemispheres, since the equator is the dividing line between the two hemispheres. Three of these countries (Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil) are located on the South American continent. Six of these countries (Gabon, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Kenya and Somalia) are located on the African continent. Maldives, Indonesia, Kiribati, and Sao Tome and Principe are island nations. Indonesia and Maldives are part of Asia, Kiribati is part of Oceania, and Sao Tome and Principe is part of Africa.

More than 78 percent of the equator's 40,075 kilometer length lies over water. The equator passes through the Atlantic Ocean, including the Gulf of Guinea, Lake Victoria, the Indian Ocean, the Molucca Sea, the Halmahera Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

There are no major cities located directly on the equator, but the city of Quito, Ecuador, is located 24 kilometers south of the equator. Mitad del Mundo is a popular equatorial monument and tourist site located near Quito.


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