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.Know More
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.Learn more about Maps & Cartography
The Central African nation now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or DRC, was previously administered as a colonial possession by Belgium until 1960. It was officially established as an official colony after King Leopold II of Belgium ceded his personal control of the area to the government in 1908. To the northwest of the DRC, and separated by the Congo River, the country now known as the Republic of Congo was formerly a French colony until 1960.Full Answer >
The equator passes through the African countries of Gabon, Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Kenya and Somalia. In total, the equator passes through 12 countries.Full Answer >
According to About.com, the Tropic of Cancer is a line of latitude that runs through the Northern Hemisphere, 23.5 degrees north of the equator. Because it encircles the earth, the line also is found in the Eastern and Western Hemispheres.Full Answer >
Africa is the only continent through which the equator, the Prime Meridian, the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn pass. The Prime Meridian passes through West Africa. The equator runs through Sub-Saharan Africa, while the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn run through north and south Africa, respectively.Full Answer >