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17th Parallel North

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17th Parallel North

Line across the Earth
17th parallel north

The 17th parallel north is a circle of latitude that is 17 degrees north of the Earth's equatorial plane. It crosses Africa, Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, Central America, the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean.

The parallel is particularly significant in the history of Vietnam (see below).

At this latitude the sun is visible for 13 hours, 9 minutes during the summer solstice and 11 hours, 7 minutes during the winter solstice.[1]


  • Around the world 1
  • Vietnam 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

Around the world

Starting at the Prime Meridian and heading eastwards, the parallel 17° north passes through:

Co-ordinates Country, territory or sea Notes
Red Sea
 Saudi Arabia Farasan Islands
Red Sea
 Saudi Arabia
 Saudi Arabia
Indian Ocean Arabian Sea
Indian Ocean Arabian Sea
 India Maharashtra
Andhra Pradesh
Indian Ocean Bay of Bengal
 Myanmar (Burma)
Indian Ocean Gulf of Martaban
 Myanmar (Burma)
South China Sea Passing through the disputed Paracel Islands
 Philippines Island of Luzon
Pacific Ocean Philippine Sea
Passing between the islands of Guguan and Sarigan,  Northern Mariana Islands
into an unnamed part of the Ocean
Caribbean Sea Passing just south of the island of Nevis,  Saint Kitts and Nevis
Passing just north of the island of Redonda,  Antigua and Barbuda
 Antigua and Barbuda Island of Antigua
Atlantic Ocean
 Cape Verde Santo Antão island
Atlantic Ocean


The Seventeenth parallel (Vietnamese: vĩ tuyến 17) was the provisional military demarcation line between North and South Vietnam established by the Geneva Accords of 1954. The demarcation line did not exactly coincide with the 17th parallel but ran south of it, approximately along the Bến Hải River in Quảng Trị Province to the village of Bo Ho Su and from there due west to the Laos–Vietnam border.

In 1976 the demarcation line was made irrelevant as Vietnam was unified following the surrender of the South Vietnamese government.

See also


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