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Countries that Touch the Prime Meridian or Equator

Which countries pass through the prime meridian or the equator? Use the map to help you.
Must actually have land that touches
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Last updated: July 24, 2019
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First submittedMarch 1, 2017
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Equator
Brazil
Colombia
D. R. Congo
Ecuador
Gabon
Indonesia
Equator
Kenya
Republic of Congo
São Tomé & Príncipe
Somalia
Uganda
Prime Meridian
Algeria
Burkina Faso
France
Ghana
Prime Meridian
Mali
Spain
Togo
United Kingdom
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Level 76
Mar 2, 2017
nice!
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Level 65
Mar 2, 2017
Thanks scambigol!
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Level 50
Jan 9, 2019
Kiribati?
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Level 57
Dec 6, 2019
@vigeneus Kiribati is the only country in the world with territory on all 4 hemispheres but not a single island is actually touching the equator or the 180th meridian.
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Level 52
Sep 10, 2022
Doesnt uk or france as well?
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Level 60
Sep 24, 2023
I think that fact excludes territories and dependencies.
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Level 26
Feb 1, 2021
I missed Togo
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Level 50
Apr 3, 2022
I really did wanted “Togo” to the Prime meridian and “Ecuador”
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Level 65
Nov 4, 2021
you missed the islands in south east asia, Andorra, and it appears to be niger, right?
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Level 67
Nov 4, 2021
It doesn't pass through the actual islands, just their maritime borders. Niger barely misses the Prime Meridian. Andorra is actually pretty far from it.
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Level 48
Mar 2, 2017
I see the equator goes through island groups. Why don't those count?
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Level 65
Mar 2, 2017
It doesn't go through actual islands
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Level 76
Mar 3, 2017
Ah! I spent ages trying to guess which island nation it was. I ended up missing Ghana.
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Level 75
Jul 16, 2017
I figured this out, but if you're a Maldivian fisherman from Huvadhu Atoll who regularly crosses the equator, you might not understand why that's not considered to be national territory. That sort of decision probably makes more sense for people from land-based countries than for countries such as the Maldives and Kiribati.
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Level 61
Jul 17, 2017
Tramp - Me, too, although I missed Gabon for the same reason, spending too much time trying to figure out what those two were.
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Level 67
Oct 20, 2019
@tshalla, where do you get the idea it is not national territory?? Nobody is saying that.
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Level 79
Dec 14, 2019
Yes, except Sao Tome and Principe.
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Level 75
Dec 16, 2019
The title implies it, but the qualifier doesn't.
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Level 34
Apr 16, 2024
It still goes through their area
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Level 90
Mar 2, 2017
A version of this without the map would be a nice challenge.
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Level 65
Jul 16, 2017
After many requests , here is the no-map version :)
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Level 75
Aug 2, 2017
I appreciate the map - not all of us are geography geniuses, and one can always ignore it, but I see now you have made both versions. Very nice.
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Level 69
Mar 2, 2017
I think it would be trickier and better if you hadn't given the meridian and equator line on the map.
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Level 67
Oct 20, 2019
I think that would be a good compromise ! First I thought perhaps no map is better, but then I thought, nah people are just gonna spam countries then. So ended up deciding with map is better. But this (leaving out the meridian and equator) is a good idea!
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Level 71
Mar 2, 2017
Equatorial Guinea? Talk about false advertisement!
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Level 84
Mar 2, 2017
Ha! I guess they're just the closest of the Guinea's to the equator?
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Level 82
Mar 3, 2017
It has islands on both sides of the equator.
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Level 90
Jul 16, 2017
Well, "equatorial" does mean, "on, at, or near the equator."
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Level 89
Aug 12, 2018
Ecuador pulled through.
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Level 76
Mar 6, 2023
when equatorial guinea actually doesn't touch the equator:

i feel so betrayed

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Level 81
Mar 4, 2017
Very nice quiz!
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Level 68
Apr 27, 2017
What about Upper Volta
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Level 72
Jun 2, 2017
I believe that is now Burkina Faso: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Upper_Volta
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Level 70
Jul 16, 2017
It's been called Burkina Faso for a long time now.
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Level 68
Jul 16, 2017
Never mind
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Level 50
Jul 19, 2017
You're 30 years late :D
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Level 79
Dec 14, 2019
What about Belgian Congo, French Equatorial Africa, Italian Somaliland and the Dutch West Indies
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Level 57
Dec 8, 2021
Umayyad Caliphate.
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Level 59
Jan 4, 2023
Sumer
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Level 63
Feb 15, 2023
I can't find Pangea on this map. :/
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Level 68
Jun 7, 2017
Nice quiz.
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Level 37
Jul 16, 2017
Too easy, should be without the map
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Level 59
Jul 16, 2017
+1, though I missed Sao Tome and Principe and Togo....
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Level 59
Jul 16, 2017
Without the map and the lines I might have got one or two!!
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Level 77
Jul 16, 2017
So you use a picture of... What is that, Reventador? I was so excited for volcanoes... But this is a fascinating quiz! I love it!
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Level 57
Jul 16, 2017
good quiz should do 1 with the tropics of Capricorn and cancer
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Level 82
Jul 16, 2017
There are these two: Cancer and Capricorn countries
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Level 65
Jul 17, 2017
Good idea! That (one) quiz will be coming up soon :)
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Level 31
Jul 16, 2017
Great quiz good idea
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Level 29
Jul 17, 2017
can't believe i didn't see the equator on somalia
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Level 67
Jul 17, 2017
The world fails to see many things in Somalia...
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Level 89
Aug 12, 2018
Because the world gets killed when it goes there.
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Level 47
Feb 11, 2020
Don't worry I got all the ones in Africa but didn't realize it passed through Somalia and Togo.

I spent a good portion of the quiz typing and retyping different ways of spelling Marshall Islands.

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Level 25
Jul 17, 2017
I love it! It's so unique, and not to mention creative! I love the map! This is probably my new favorite quiz!
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Level 65
Jul 17, 2017
Wow, glad you liked it!
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Level 77
Jul 17, 2017
Started the quiz trying to name the cities and getting frustrated because I am not getting any of them and then I see that I need to name the countries, finished with 2 seconds.
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Level 74
Feb 12, 2018
Nice quiz. I always found that quite strange that no islands of Kiribati touch an equator. There's so many of them.
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Level 65
Aug 16, 2019
Interesting that indonesia is the only country in asia that it actually passes through.
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Level 67
Oct 20, 2019
I am normally not one to ask for less time, often it is nice to have time to really think about an answer, and it doesnt do an harm (though people complaining about the time sure make it seem that way sometimes). But I think this is a case that could definitely use less time. I had more than 2 minutes left, so could definitely be 1-1,5 min shorter. Because otherwise at one point it is just randomly typing countries, which takes away from the purpose of this quiz.

It could be renamed, "typing countries you know arent the most southern or northern countries in their continent" ;)

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Level 67
Dec 14, 2019
Togo was touch and go (To-go haha only saw that after my sentence :) )
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Level 52
Dec 14, 2019
This is nice idea, but it would be much better without map. Now it was just about knowing the countries on the map. Way too easy like this.
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Level 65
Dec 14, 2019
Fair point - here's the version without the map! :)
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Level 38
Dec 15, 2019
Damn, France was almost the only country to touch both the prime meridian and the equator. That was close.
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Level 65
Dec 15, 2019
100 years ago, France actually did touch both lines!
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Level 85
Dec 17, 2019
feels bad for nauru
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Level 61
Apr 1, 2020
and if you zoom, nauru actually is above the equator
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Level 64
Sep 25, 2020
What did Palpatine say to Equitorial Guinea after completing this quiz?

Ironic.

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Level 51
Jan 12, 2021
Why not Kiribati? Does it not go through the actual islands?
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Level 66
Oct 17, 2021
I think Equitorial Guinea NOT touching the equator is a scam.
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Level 32
Nov 4, 2021
Agreed. It's in the name!
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Level 65
Nov 4, 2021
I did a little research on Google Earth:

- Niger is only 17 km away from the prime meridian.

- Benin is around 85 km away from the prime meridian.

- Andorra is around 115 km away from the prime meridian.

- Belgium is around 175 km away from the prime meridian.

- Norway and Greenland (Denmark) are both around 250 km away from the prime meridian.

- Equatorial Guinea is arround 110 km away from the equator, so is Rwanda.

- Singapore is around 135 km away from the equator, so is Guyana.

- Malaysia is around 90 km away from the equator.

- Peru is less then 5 km away from the equator.

- Venezuela is around 70 km away from the equator.

- Suriname is around 200 km away from the equator.

So some countries seem to touch the equator or the prime medirian, but are in fact not so far away from those lines.

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Level 56
Nov 4, 2021
Does Niger not touch the prime meridian?
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Level 85
Nov 4, 2021
See Barry90's comment above - 17 km away. So close...
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Level 49
Nov 4, 2021
Cool
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Level 49
Nov 4, 2021
Origo of the Earth is where these lines cross. Africa decided to evade it. Up north there is a lot of land mass, but just before the point the land curves and the sea takes place.
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Level 22
Nov 4, 2021
nice quiz but it was way to easy
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Level 36
Nov 7, 2021
Good quiz but you forgot Nauru and Kiribati.
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Level 42
Nov 10, 2021
Nauru is around 56 km south of the Equator, and Kiribati doesn't qualify because none of its islands touch the line (at least according to the quiz qualifications).
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Level 32
Aug 19, 2022
Why not Kiribati?
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Level 75
Sep 24, 2023
Doesn't have *land* on the equator, only sea.
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Level 52
Sep 10, 2022
Amazing that sao tome got an island in on the equator, (read toowise's blog about it)
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Level 71
Jan 17, 2023
As mentioned before, Kiribati. The equator might not actually pass through any of its land area, but the whole area shaded light blue around all of Kiribati's Islands, which stands in for Kiribati on numerous other map-based quizzes here on Jetpunk, is also shaded light blue on here, as well, implying quite obviously that this is the Oceanic country to guess. Because the equator is only barely within Somalia on this map, yet passes right through the middle of what is demonstrated by the map to be Kiribati, the quiz-taker is CLEARLY mislead. This should be fixed.
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Level 60
Sep 24, 2023
It is a bit misleading, but it clearly states that it must be land. It would be more confusing to include ocean area in quizzes.
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Level 54
Aug 28, 2023
i almost forgot uk
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Level 64
Sep 24, 2023
"Equatorial" Guinea is not on the equator.
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Level 68
Sep 28, 2023
True - Wiki says "Equatorial Guinea lies between latitudes 4°N and 2°S, and longitudes 5° and 12°E. Despite its name, no part of the country's territory lies on the equator—it is in the northern hemisphere, except for the insular Annobón Province, which is about 155 km (96 mi) south of the equator."
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Level 45
Sep 25, 2023
I spend more than a minute trying to guess which Island that was. Nearly missed Somalia because of that.
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Level 22
Sep 26, 2023
What is Burkina Faso's history all about? I bet Sao Tome has some cool history I bet all you geniuses must know some cool stuff about.