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Countries with the Most Area in the Tropics

Can you name the countries that have the most surface area that lies between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.
% in tropics based on rough visual estimates
Also see this quiz by scambigol
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Last updated: July 24, 2019
First submittedJanuary 5, 2017
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km2
Country
% in Tropics
7.88 mil
Brazil
92.5
2.89 mil
Australia
37.5
2.34 mil
D.R. Congo
100
1.91 mil
Indonesia
100
1.90 mil
India
60
1.89 mil
Sudan
100
1.29 mil
Peru
100
1.28 mil
Chad
100
1.25 mil
Niger
99
1.25 mil
Angola
100
km2
Country
% in Tropics
1.18 mil
Mali
95
1.14 mil
Colombia
100
1.10 mil
Ethiopia
100
1.10 mil
Bolivia
100
1.07 mil
Saudi Arabia
50
0.982 mil
Mexico
50
0.945 mil
Tanzania
100
0.923 mil
Nigeria
100
0.916 mil
Venezuela
100
0.902 mil
Mauritania
87.5
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level 78
Jan 5, 2017
I can already see that Mali and Niger are missing, but there could be some others...
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level 78
Jan 5, 2017
Ok, with scambigol's map, it's easy to see that there are no other misses. Apart from that, I think you're generous with Mexico and Saudi Arabia, but their tropical zones are most certainly bigger than Zambia. I may try to check that ;).
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level ∞
Jan 7, 2017
The quiz is now fixed. Thanks.
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level 69
Jan 5, 2017
No Papua New Guinea is surprising. I thought it was a lot bigger.
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level 82
Jan 6, 2017
Me too. That and Madagascar.
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level 54
Apr 4, 2017
Madagascar is 400,000 km too small
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level 72
Jan 6, 2017
Very disappointing that this quiz scores points while omitting both Niger - 100% tropical and 1267000 sq km - and Mali, with an area of 1,240,140 sq km and 95% tropical, so scores 1,178,133.
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level 71
Jan 6, 2017
I'm just guessing but maybe they were left out because they are missing from my quiz but are so close to 100% that on the map it looks like they are completely in the tropics
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level 78
Jan 7, 2017
I thought the same thing, though it's quite obvious that a bit of Mali is missing.
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level 71
Jan 6, 2017
nice idea, thanks for the mention!
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level 71
Jan 13, 2017
this website seems to have data on area within tropics - https://www.pdx.edu/econ/country-geography-data
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level 45
Jan 14, 2017
This was quite confusing. One doesn't typically associate hot, arid desert countries with tropical countries since to most, tropical means hot, humid, green/jungle all over, not hot, dry and arid/desert. Even the koppen climate classification doesn't call hot deserts in the geographical tropics by any kind of "tropical" term.
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level ∞
Jan 14, 2017
The Tropics are defined as the area between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn where the sun can shine directly overhead at some point during the year. It has nothing to do with greenery.

I added this to the quiz description in case other people were confused

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level 62
Sep 19, 2019
Well you have tropical and the tropics. It is not the same thing, though of course there is a relation
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level 54
Apr 24, 2017
What about Australia? How do they have less area in the tropics than Saudi Arabia. If you look on a map of Australia and you see the city of Rockhampton in Queensland, the tropics start just a little before it.
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level 67
Apr 24, 2017
Australia has less % of the country in the tropics than Saudi Arabia, but over twice the square km area at 2.89 mil km2 to 1.07 mil km2.
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level 56
Apr 24, 2017
Ecuador ?
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level 80
Apr 24, 2017
I'm guessing it's not big enough.
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level 66
Apr 24, 2017
Mauritania. MUST LEARN TO SPELL IT
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level 47
Apr 9, 2018
agree
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level 57
Nov 6, 2019
At first I was a bit confused, because I thought I was meant to guess countries with a tropical climate
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level 51
Nov 6, 2019
Nice quiz! I made a quiz where you have to guess between to countries which one is bigger. How high can you score? Please try my quiz: https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/160326/which-country-is-bigger
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level 63
Nov 6, 2019
You could get exact figures of how much % of their land is in the tropics since you have exact numbers of how much total land they have in the tropics