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10 Fun to Know Facts About Finnish Lakes


You might have heard that Finland is the land of a thousand lakes, but did you know these facts about Finnish lakes?

10 Fun to Know Facts About Finnish Lakes

  1. Fresh water areas cover ten percent (10%) of Finland’s land area!
  2. Finland has 168 000 lakes (with size larger than 500 m²)
  3. Lake Saimaa is Finland’s largest lake covering an area of 1393 km²
  4. Lake Päijänne is Finland’s deepest lake with a maximum depth of 95 m
  5. Lake Koddejärvi in Enontekiö is Finland’s highest lake at an altitude of 987.6 m
  6. Lake Saimaa has the longest shoreline of any Finnish lakes. Saimaa has a shoreline of 5276 km
  7. Mustalampi (= Black pond) is the most common lake name in Finland
  8. Lake Riihilampi (Riihi Pond) in Liperi is the largest lake Finland that is named a pond. It covers an area of 287.7 hectare
  9. Inari has more lakes than any other Finnish municipality. In Inari municipality there is 8033 lakes
  10. Taipalsaari has more fresh water areas than any other Finnish municipality. 54.7 % of Taipalsaari is covered with fresh water

Statistics Finland
European Network for Rural Development

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