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Area Located in Tropics

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Tropical Countries 2024

Tropical countries are nations that are located in the tropics, the belt-shaped region of the Earth closest to the Equator, horizontally bordered by the Tropic of Cancer to the north and the Tropic of Capricorn to the south. The tropics make up about 40% of the planet's surface area and are home to approximately 40% of the world's population. Due to higher-than-average population growth in sub-Saharan Africa, it is estimated that the percentage of the world's population living in the tropics will reach 50% sometime in the late 2030s/2040s.

Tropical countries tend to have hotter, wetter, more humid weather than countries located in the middle latitudes/temperate regions and the polar regions. Most tropical countries have a tropical climate, in which the average monthly temperatures are always 18°C (64.4°F) or higher and the year consists of two seasons: the wet/rainy season, in which most rainfall occurs, and the dry season. Non-tropical climates do exist, however, as evidenced by dry regions such as the Sahara Desert and Australian Outback, the alpine tundra in parts of Chile and Peru, and the snowcaps on mountains such as Hawaii's Mauna Kea and New Guinea's Puncak Jaya. Ecosystems in tropical countries are diverse, including tropical rainforests, "dry" deciduous forests, and deserts.

Top 5 Most Surprising Tropical Countries

More than 125 of the world's countries and territories are geographically located at least partially in the tropics (a full list appears below). This includes several countries that may not be traditionally considered tropical countries.


The overwhelming majority of South America's second-largest country is located south of the Tropic of Capricorn, placing it firmly in a temperate zone. However, the northernmost tip stretches up to touch the tropics, earning it a spot on the list of tropical countries


Along with Argentina, this slender South American nation reaches further south than any other country, nearly touching Antarctica. However, just like Argentina, its northern end extends into the tropics.


Well over 90% of this massive Asian country rests in the temperate zone north of the Tropics, but its very southernmost tip dips down into the Tropic of Cancer.


Even a passing mention of this African nation summons visions of pyramids, the sphinx, and sand as far as the eye can see. But the southernmost 15% (approximately) of its territory lies within the tropics.

United States

The U.S. mainland is entirely located in the temperate zone. However, Alaska touches the Arctic Circle and the island state of Hawaii is located entirely in the tropics, making the U.S. the only country that touches both the Arctic and the Tropics.

Perhaps just as surprising are the countries one would imagine are tropical, but which in fact are located in temperate zones For example, neither North Korea nor South Korea are tropical countries. Nor are exotic, but temperate Morocco, Bhutan, and Tunisia.

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Area Located in Tropics
AlgeriaPartially Tropical
AngolaFully Tropical
Antigua and BarbudaFully Tropical
ArgentinaPartially Tropical
ArubaFully Tropical
AustraliaPartially Tropical
BahamasPartially Tropical
BangladeshPartially Tropical
BarbadosFully Tropical
BelizeFully Tropical
BeninFully Tropical
BoliviaPartially Tropical
BotswanaPartially Tropical
BrazilPartially Tropical
British Virgin IslandsFully Tropical
Burkina FasoFully Tropical
BurundiFully Tropical
CambodiaFully Tropical
CameroonFully Tropical
Cape VerdeFully Tropical
Central African RepublicFully Tropical
ChadFully Tropical
ChilePartially Tropical
ChinaPartially Tropical
ColombiaFully Tropical
ComorosFully Tropical
Costa RicaFully Tropical
CubaFully Tropical
DjiboutiFully Tropical
DominicaFully Tropical
Dominican RepublicFully Tropical
DR CongoFully Tropical
EcuadorFully Tropical
EgyptPartially Tropical
El SalvadorFully Tropical
Equatorial GuineaFully Tropical
EritreaFully Tropical
EthiopiaFully Tropical
FijiFully Tropical
French GuianaFully Tropical
GabonFully Tropical
GambiaFully Tropical
GhanaFully Tropical
GrenadaFully Tropical
GuadeloupeFully Tropical
GuatemalaFully Tropical
GuineaFully Tropical
Guinea BissauFully Tropical
GuyanaFully Tropical
HaitiFully Tropical
HondurasFully Tropical
IndiaPartially Tropical
IndonesiaFully Tropical
Ivory CoastFully Tropical
JamaicaFully Tropical
KenyaFully Tropical
KiribatiFully Tropical
LaosFully Tropical
LiberiaFully Tropical
LibyaPartially Tropical
MadagascarPartially Tropical
MalawiFully Tropical
MalaysiaFully Tropical
MaldivesFully Tropical
MaliFully Tropical
Marshall IslandsFully Tropical
MartiniqueFully Tropical
MauritaniaFully Tropical
MauritiusFully Tropical
MexicoPartially Tropical
MicronesiaFully Tropical
MozambiquePartially Tropical
MyanmarPartially Tropical
NamibiaPartially Tropical
NauruFully Tropical
NicaraguaFully Tropical
NigerFully Tropical
NigeriaFully Tropical
OmanPartially Tropical
PalauFully Tropical
PanamaFully Tropical
Papua New GuineaFully Tropical
ParaguayPartially Tropical
PeruFully Tropical
PhilippinesFully Tropical
Republic of the CongoFully Tropical
RwandaFully Tropical
Saint Kitts and NevisFully Tropical
Saint LuciaFully Tropical
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesFully Tropical
SamoaFully Tropical
Sao Tome and PrincipeFully Tropical
Saudi ArabiaPartially Tropical
SenegalFully Tropical
SeychellesFully Tropical
Sierra LeoneFully Tropical
SingaporeFully Tropical
Solomon IslandsFully Tropical
SomaliaFully Tropical
South AfricaPartially Tropical
South SudanFully Tropical
Sri LankaFully Tropical
SudanFully Tropical
SurinameFully Tropical
TaiwanPartially Tropical
TanzaniaFully Tropical
ThailandFully Tropical
Timor LesteFully Tropical
TogoFully Tropical
TongaFully Tropical
Trinidad and TobagoFully Tropical
TuvaluFully Tropical
UgandaFully Tropical
United Arab EmiratesPartially Tropical
United StatesPartially Tropical
United States Virgin IslandsFully Tropical
VanuatuFully Tropical
VenezuelaFully Tropical
VietnamFully Tropical
Western SaharaPartially Tropical
YemenFully Tropical
ZambiaFully Tropical
ZimbabwePartially Tropical
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How many countries are considered tropical?

There are 96 countries that are considered Fully Tropical.

Which countries are considered tropical?

Countries located between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer are fully tropical. Nations with only a part of the country between these bounds are partially tropical.

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