56th parallel north

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56th parallel north

The 56th parallel north is a circle of latitude that is 56 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, 37 minutes during the summer solstice and 6 hours, 57 minutes during the winter solstice.[1]

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Starting at the Prime Meridian and heading eastwards, the parallel 56° north passes through:

Co-ordinates Country, territory or sea Notes
56°0′N 0°0′E / 56.000°N 0.000°E / 56.000; 0.000 (Prime Meridian) North Sea
56°0′N 8°7′E / 56.000°N 8.117°E / 56.000; 8.117 (Denmark)  Denmark Jutland (mainland)
56°0′N 10°17′E / 56.000°N 10.283°E / 56.000; 10.283 (Kattegat) Kattegat Passing just north of the island of Samsø,  Denmark
56°0′N 11°55′E / 56.000°N 11.917°E / 56.000; 11.917 (Denmark)  Denmark Island of Sjælland
56°0′N 12°35′E / 56.000°N 12.583°E / 56.000; 12.583 (Øresund) Øresund
56°0′N 12°43′E / 56.000°N 12.717°E / 56.000; 12.717 (Sweden)  Sweden
56°0′N 14°44′E / 56.000°N 14.733°E / 56.000; 14.733 (Baltic Sea) Baltic Sea
56°0′N 21°4′E / 56.000°N 21.067°E / 56.000; 21.067 (Lithuania)  Lithuania
56°0′N 25°52′E / 56.000°N 25.867°E / 56.000; 25.867 (Latvia)  Latvia
56°0′N 27°49′E / 56.000°N 27.817°E / 56.000; 27.817 (Belarus)  Belarus
56°0′N 28°43′E / 56.000°N 28.717°E / 56.000; 28.717 (Russia)  Russia For about 13 km
56°0′N 28°55′E / 56.000°N 28.917°E / 56.000; 28.917 (Belarus)  Belarus For about 17 km
56°0′N 29°12′E / 56.000°N 29.200°E / 56.000; 29.200 (Russia)  Russia Passing just north of Moscow
56°0′N 137°25′E / 56.000°N 137.417°E / 56.000; 137.417 (Sea of Okhotsk) Sea of Okhotsk
56°0′N 155°40′E / 56.000°N 155.667°E / 56.000; 155.667 (Russia)  Russia Kamchatka Peninsula
56°0′N 162°5′E / 56.000°N 162.083°E / 56.000; 162.083 (Bering Sea) Bering Sea
56°0′N 160°34′W / 56.000°N 160.567°W / 56.000; -160.567 (United States)  United States Alaska - the Alaska Peninsula
56°0′N 158°25′W / 56.000°N 158.417°W / 56.000; -158.417 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean Gulf of Alaska - passing just south of the Semidi Islands, and just north of Chirikof Island, Alaska,  United States
Passing just south of Kuiu Island, Alaska,  United States
56°0′N 133°35′W / 56.000°N 133.583°W / 56.000; -133.583 (United States)  United States Alaska - Kosciusko Island, Prince of Wales Island, Etolin Island and the Alaska Panhandle
56°0′N 130°1′W / 56.000°N 130.017°W / 56.000; -130.017 (Canada)  Canada British Columbia
Alberta
Saskatchewan
Manitoba
Ontario
56°0′N 87°26′W / 56.000°N 87.433°W / 56.000; -87.433 (Hudson Bay) Hudson Bay
56°0′N 79°53′W / 56.000°N 79.883°W / 56.000; -79.883 (Canada)  Canada Nunavut - Flaherty Island and Innetalling Island
56°0′N 78°59′W / 56.000°N 78.983°W / 56.000; -78.983 (Hudson Bay) Hudson Bay
56°0′N 76°46′W / 56.000°N 76.767°W / 56.000; -76.767 (Canada)  Canada Quebec
Newfoundland and Labrador
56°0′N 60°49′W / 56.000°N 60.817°W / 56.000; -60.817 (Atlantic Ocean) Atlantic Ocean
56°0′N 6°0′W / 56.000°N 6.000°W / 56.000; -6.000 (United Kingdom)  United Kingdom Scotland - Island of Jura
56°0′N 5°48′W / 56.000°N 5.800°W / 56.000; -5.800 (Sound of Jura) Sound of Jura
56°0′N 5°41′W / 56.000°N 5.683°W / 56.000; -5.683 (United Kingdom)  United Kingdom Scotland
56°0′N 3°21′W / 56.000°N 3.350°W / 56.000; -3.350 (Firth of Forth) Firth of Forth Passing through the Forth Bridge, and just north of Edinburgh
56°0′N 2°53′W / 56.000°N 2.883°W / 56.000; -2.883 (United Kingdom)  United Kingdom Scotland
56°0′N 2°30′W / 56.000°N 2.500°W / 56.000; -2.500 (North Sea) North Sea

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