Equateur ( German Equator ) is a province of the Democratic Republic of Congo capital Mbandaka.


The province is located in the northwest of the country, bordered to the north by the Central African Republic to the southwest by the province of Bandundu, to the southeast by the provinces of Kasai - Occidental and Kasai - Oriental, on the west by the Republic of Congo and to the east by the province of Orientale. Equateur includes a part of the central Congo basin and its margins. South of the capital Mbandaka opens the Ubangi in the Congo.


The basin is inhabited by the Mongo and Ngombe.


The province was created already during the Belgian colonial period. From 1933 to 1947, she was named after its capital Coquilhatville (French ) or Coquilhatstad ( Dutch) (now Mbandaka ). 1962 Equateur was dissolved and in the provinces Cuvette Centrale ( Zentralcuvette ), Moyen -Congo ( Middle Congo ) and Ubangi divided. Four years later (1966 ) restored the province.

Planned, never implemented resolution

With the adoption of a new constitution in May 2005, the Congo should be regrouped and Equateur thereby be divided into five provinces:

  • Equateur with capital Mbandaka
  • Mongala with capital Lisala
  • North Ubangi with capital Gbadolite
  • Tshuapa with capital Boende

After the appointment of the management change was previously postponed several times, President Joseph Kabila made ​​this completely reversed in January 2011. This Equateur will continue to exist in its current form.

Bandundu | Bas -Congo | Equateur | Kasai - Occidental | Kasai - Oriental | Katanga | Maniema | North Kivu | Oriental | Sud- Kivu | Kinshasa ( Capital District)

  • Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Equateur