5th parallel north

The 5th parallel north is a circle of latitude that is 5 degrees north of the Earth's equatorial plane. It crosses the Atlantic Ocean, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Ocean, and South America.

5th parallel north

The Pacific Ocean is at its widest (approximately 19,300 km) on this parallel.[1]

Around the world

Starting at the Prime Meridian and heading eastwards, the parallel 5° north passes through:

Co-ordinates Country, territory or sea Notes
5°0′N 0°0′E Atlantic Ocean Bight of Benin
5°0′N 5°26′E  Nigeria
5°0′N 8°41′E  Cameroon
5°0′N 14°41′E  Central African Republic
5°0′N 19°14′E  Democratic Republic of the Congo
5°0′N 19°53′E  Central African Republic
5°0′N 24°18′E  Democratic Republic of the Congo
5°0′N 24°38′E  Central African Republic
5°0′N 25°8′E  Democratic Republic of the Congo
5°0′N 27°29′E  South Sudan
5°0′N 35°21′E Ilemi Triangle Disputed territory, controlled by  Kenya and claimed by  South Sudan
5°0′N 35°25′E  South Sudan
5°0′N 35°49′E  Ethiopia
5°0′N 45°3′E  Somalia
5°0′N 48°16′E Indian Ocean Passing between Southern Maalhosmadulhu Atoll and Horsburgh Atoll,  Maldives
Passing just north of the island of Kaashidhoo,  Maldives
5°0′N 95°21′E  Indonesia Island of Sumatra
5°0′N 97°44′E Strait of Malacca
5°0′N 100°29′E  Malaysia Perak, Kelantan, Terengganu, on Peninsular Malaysia
5°0′N 103°19′E  Malaysia Kampung Gong Balai, Terengganu on Peninsular Malaysia
5°0′N 114°55′E  Brunei On the island of Borneo
5°0′N 115°7′E Brunei Bay
5°0′N 115°27′E  Malaysia Sabah, island of Borneo
5°0′N 118°52′E Celebes Sea Passing north of the Sibutu islands,  Philippines
Passing between the islands of Bongao and Simunul,  Philippines
5°0′N 120°0′E  Philippines Island of Bilatan
5°0′N 120°1′E Celebes Sea Passing just south of the islands of Banaran and Mantabuan,  Philippines
5°0′N 125°23′E Pacific Ocean Passing between the islands of Sonsorol and Pulo Anna,  Palau
Passing just south of Satawan and Kosrae atolls,  Federated States of Micronesia
Passing between Namdrik and Ebon atolls,  Marshall Islands
Passing just north of Teraina atoll,  Kiribati
Passing just south of Cocos Island,  Costa Rica
5°0′N 77°22′W  Colombia
5°0′N 67°48′W  Venezuela
5°0′N 60°35′W  Brazil Roraima
5°0′N 59°59′W Disputed area Controlled by  Guyana, claimed by  Venezuela
5°0′N 58°50′W  Guyana
5°0′N 57°42′W  Suriname For about 7 km
5°0′N 57°38′W  Guyana For about 6 km
5°0′N 57°34′W  Suriname For about 8 km
5°0′N 57°30′W  Guyana For about 12 km
5°0′N 57°24′W  Suriname
5°0′N 54°26′W  France French Guiana
5°0′N 52°25′W Atlantic Ocean
5°0′N 9°2′W  Liberia
5°0′N 7°32′W  Ivory Coast
5°0′N 5°56′W Atlantic Ocean Gulf of Guinea
5°0′N 2°40′W  Ghana
5°0′N 1°38′W Atlantic Ocean Bight of Benin

See also

  • 4th parallel north
  • 6th parallel north


  1. "Pacific Ocean". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 27 August 2012.

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