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Ice on Lakes Vänern and Vättern in Sweden

59.0N 13.6E

March 22nd, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Sweden - March 5th, 2010

Sweden - March 5th, 2010

Vänern, covered with ice to the left, and Vättern, showing more navy blue waters to the right, are the two largest lakes in Sweden. Between the two bodies of water, near the southeastern shores of the former, is a ridge or plateau mountain known as Kinnekulle.

Vänern is the largest lake in Sweden and the third largest lake in Europe. It is located in the provinces of Västergötland, Dalsland, and Värmland. Lake Vänern covers an area of 5,655 km². It is located at 44 m above sea level and is on average 27 m deep. The maximum depth of the lake is 106 m.

Vättern is the second largest lake (by surface area) in Sweden, after Lake Vänern. It is a long, finger-shaped body of fresh water in south central Sweden to the southeast of Vänern pointing at the tip of Scandinavia.

The lake’s total surface area is about 1,912 km², with a drainage basin a little over double that, about 4,503 km². The deepest known point, located to the south of the island of Visingsö, is 128 meters, although the average depth is 40 meters. The lake has a perimeter of about 642 km and a volume of 74 km³. These numbers tend to be fixed, as the level of the lake is regulated.

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