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Q: How many countries does the Equator pass through?
A:  The Equator passes through 11 countries, and it crosses the territorial waters of three additional countries.

In South America, it passes through Ecuador (which takes its name from the Spanish word for Equator), Colombia, and Brazil. In Africa, it passes through Gabon, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, and the island nation of Sao Tome and Principe. In Asia, it passes through the island nation of Indonesia. (The entire continental mainland of Asia lies north of the Equator.)

The Equator crosses the territorial waters of Equatorial Guinea (Africa), the Maldives (Asia), and Kiribati (Oceania), but it does not touch any land in these three countries.




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