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General information
Common nameEcuador
Local name 
Motto"Dios, patria y libertad"  
"Pro Deo, Patria et Libertate"  
"God, homeland and liberty"
AnthemSalve, Oh Patria  
Hail, Oh Homeland
Largest cityGuayaquil
Official languagesSpanish1
GovernmentUnitary presidential republic
PresidentRafael Correa
Vice PresidentLenín Moreno
President of the National AssemblyFernando Cordero Cueva
declaredAugust 10, 1809
from SpainMay 24, 1822
from Gran ColombiaMay 13, 1830
Recognized by SpainFebruary 16, 1830
Total Area109483 sq mi (283561 km2) (75th)
Water %5
Population Est.15007343 (65th)
Population census14306876 (2010)
Density (pop.)53.8/km2 (151st) (139.4/sq mi)
GDP PPP$119.963 billion (2011)
GDP (PPP) per capita$8,327
GDP (nominal)$64,831 billion (2011)
GDP (nominal) per capita$4,921
Other information
Gini49 (2009) (high)
HDI(+) 0.695 (2010) (high) (77th)
CurrencyU.S. dollar2 (USD)
Time zoneECT, GALT (UTC−5, −6)
Drives on theright
Calling code+593

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Ecuador c-enaudio=en-us-Ecuador.oggˈɛkwədɔr, officially the Republic of Ecuador ( ; -esreˈpuβlika ðel ekwaˈðorpron, which literally translates to the Republic of the Equator) is a representative democratic republic in South America, bordered by Colombia on the north, Peru on the east and south, and by the Pacific Ocean to the west. It is one of only two countries in South America, along with Chile, that do not have a border with Brazil. The country also includes the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific, about 1000 km (621.4 mi) west of the mainland.

Ecuador straddles the equator, from which it takes its name, and has an area of 272046 km2 (105037.5 sqmi). Its capital city is Quito, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the 1970s for having the best preserved and least altered historic centre in Latin America. The country's largest city is Guayaquil. The historic centre of Cuenca, the third largest city in the country, was also declared a World Heritage Site in 1999, for being an outstanding example of a planned inland Spanish style colonial city in the Americas. Ecuador is also home-despite its size-to a great variety of species, many of them endemic, like those of the Galápagos islands. This species diversity makes Ecuador one of the 17 megadiverse countries in the world. The new constitution of 2008 is the first in the world to recognize legally enforceable Rights of Nature, or ecosystem rights.

Ecuador is a presidential republic and became independent in 1830, after having been part of the Spanish colonial empire and the republic of Gran Colombia. It is a medium-income country with an HDI score of 0.695 (2010), and about 35.1% of its population lives below the poverty line.

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