55th parallel north

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55th parallel north

The 55th parallel north is a circle of latitude that is 55 degrees north of the Earth's equatorial plane. It crosses Europe, Asia, the Pacific Ocean, North America, and the Atlantic Ocean.

At this latitude the sun is visible for 17 hours, 22 minutes during the summer solstice and 7 hours, 10 minutes during the winter solstice.[1]

Around the world[edit]

Starting at the Prime Meridian and heading eastwards, the parallel 55° north passes through:

Co-ordinates Country, territory or sea Notes
55°0′N 0°0′E / 55.000°N 0.000°E / 55.000; 0.000 (Prime Meridian) North Sea
55°0′N 8°21′E / 55.000°N 8.350°E / 55.000; 8.350 (Germany)  Germany Island of Sylt, close to Germany's northernmost point
55°0′N 8°23′E / 55.000°N 8.383°E / 55.000; 8.383 (Wadden Sea) Wadden Sea
55°0′N 8°39′E / 55.000°N 8.650°E / 55.000; 8.650 (Denmark)  Denmark Jutland (mainland) and the island of Als
55°0′N 9°58′E / 55.000°N 9.967°E / 55.000; 9.967 (Little Belt) Little Belt
55°0′N 10°27′E / 55.000°N 10.450°E / 55.000; 10.450 (Denmark)  Denmark Islands of Skarø, Tåsinge and Langeland
55°0′N 10°54′E / 55.000°N 10.900°E / 55.000; 10.900 (Great Belt) Great Belt
55°0′N 11°5′E / 55.000°N 11.083°E / 55.000; 11.083 (Smålandsfarvandet) Smålandsfarvandet
55°0′N 11°53′E / 55.000°N 11.883°E / 55.000; 11.883 (Denmark)  Denmark Islands of Sjælland and Møn
55°0′N 12°32′E / 55.000°N 12.533°E / 55.000; 12.533 (Baltic Sea) Baltic Sea
55°0′N 14°59′E / 55.000°N 14.983°E / 55.000; 14.983 (Denmark)  Denmark Island of Bornholm
55°0′N 15°6′E / 55.000°N 15.100°E / 55.000; 15.100 (Baltic Sea) Baltic Sea
55°0′N 20°33′E / 55.000°N 20.550°E / 55.000; 20.550 (Russia)  Russia Kaliningrad Oblast - passing through the Curonian Lagoon
55°0′N 22°38′E / 55.000°N 22.633°E / 55.000; 22.633 (Lithuania)  Lithuania
55°0′N 26°13′E / 55.000°N 26.217°E / 55.000; 26.217 (Belarus)  Belarus
55°0′N 30°58′E / 55.000°N 30.967°E / 55.000; 30.967 (Russia)  Russia Passing through the city of Novosibirsk
55°0′N 68°12′E / 55.000°N 68.200°E / 55.000; 68.200 (Kazakhstan)  Kazakhstan
55°0′N 71°1′E / 55.000°N 71.017°E / 55.000; 71.017 (Russia)  Russia
55°0′N 135°24′E / 55.000°N 135.400°E / 55.000; 135.400 (Sea of Okhotsk) Sea of Okhotsk
55°0′N 136°47′E / 55.000°N 136.783°E / 55.000; 136.783 (Russia)  Russia Feklistova Island
55°0′N 137°4′E / 55.000°N 137.067°E / 55.000; 137.067 (Sea of Okhotsk) Sea of Okhotsk
55°0′N 137°26′E / 55.000°N 137.433°E / 55.000; 137.433 (Russia)  Russia Bolshoy Shantar Island
55°0′N 138°11′E / 55.000°N 138.183°E / 55.000; 138.183 (Sea of Okhotsk) Sea of Okhotsk
55°0′N 155°35′E / 55.000°N 155.583°E / 55.000; 155.583 (Russia)  Russia Kamchatka Peninsula
55°0′N 161°59′E / 55.000°N 161.983°E / 55.000; 161.983 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean
55°0′N 166°8′E / 55.000°N 166.133°E / 55.000; 166.133 (Russia)  Russia Bering Island
55°0′N 166°23′E / 55.000°N 166.383°E / 55.000; 166.383 (Bering Sea) Bering Sea Passing just north of Medny Island,  Russia
55°0′N 163°57′W / 55.000°N 163.950°W / 55.000; -163.950 (United States)  United States Alaska - Unimak Island and the Alaska Peninsula
55°0′N 162°34′W / 55.000°N 162.567°W / 55.000; -162.567 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean Gulf of Alaska - passing just south of Dolgoi Island and Unga Island, Alaska,  United States
55°0′N 160°8′W / 55.000°N 160.133°W / 55.000; -160.133 (United States)  United States Alaska - Nagai Island
55°0′N 160°4′W / 55.000°N 160.067°W / 55.000; -160.067 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean Gulf of Alaska
55°0′N 159°25′W / 55.000°N 159.417°W / 55.000; -159.417 (United States)  United States Alaska - Little Koniuji Island
55°0′N 159°21′W / 55.000°N 159.350°W / 55.000; -159.350 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean Gulf of Alaska
55°0′N 133°9′W / 55.000°N 133.150°W / 55.000; -133.150 (United States)  United States Alaska - Dall Island, Sukkwan Island and Prince of Wales Island
55°0′N 131°59′W / 55.000°N 131.983°W / 55.000; -131.983 (Clarence Strait) Clarence Strait
55°0′N 131°36′W / 55.000°N 131.600°W / 55.000; -131.600 (United States)  United States Alaska - Annette Island and Duke Island
55°0′N 131°15′W / 55.000°N 131.250°W / 55.000; -131.250 (Revillagigedo Channel) Revillagigedo Channel
55°0′N 131°0′W / 55.000°N 131.000°W / 55.000; -131.000 (United States)  United States Alaska - Alaska Panhandle
55°0′N 130°15′W / 55.000°N 130.250°W / 55.000; -130.250 (Canada)  Canada British Columbia - Pearse Island and the mainland
Alberta
Saskatchewan
Manitoba
Ontario
55°0′N 82°16′W / 55.000°N 82.267°W / 55.000; -82.267 (Hudson Bay) Hudson Bay
55°0′N 78°28′W / 55.000°N 78.467°W / 55.000; -78.467 (Canada)  Canada Quebec
Newfoundland and Labrador - for about 12 km
Quebec
Newfoundland and Labrador - for about 5 km
Quebec - for about 3 km
Newfoundland and Labrador
Quebec
Newfoundland and Labrador - mainland and the Adlavik Islands
55°0′N 58°40′W / 55.000°N 58.667°W / 55.000; -58.667 (Atlantic Ocean) Atlantic Ocean
55°0′N 8°33′W / 55.000°N 8.550°W / 55.000; -8.550 (Ireland)  Ireland Island of Arranmore and mainland
55°0′N 7°24′W / 55.000°N 7.400°W / 55.000; -7.400 (United Kingdom)  United Kingdom Northern Ireland
55°0′N 5°59′W / 55.000°N 5.983°W / 55.000; -5.983 (North Channel) North Channel
55°0′N 5°10′W / 55.000°N 5.167°W / 55.000; -5.167 (United Kingdom)  United Kingdom Scotland
England (passing through the Newcastle-upon-Tyne urban area)
55°0′N 1°25′W / 55.000°N 1.417°W / 55.000; -1.417 (North Sea) North Sea

Notable cities and towns on 55°N[edit]

Starting at the Prime Meridian and heading eastwards:

Use as a boundary[edit]

The 55th parallel serves as the southern boundary of Nunavik territory in Quebec.

See also[edit]

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