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Sweden’s Largest Lakes: Vänern and Vättern

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October 14th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Sweden - September 29th, 2009

Sweden - September 29th, 2009

Lakes Vänern (left) and Vättern (right) are the largest lake in Sweden. The former is also the third largest lake in Europe, covering 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.

Geographically, it is situated on the border between the Swedish regions of Götaland and Svealand, divided into several Swedish provinces: The western body of water is known as the Dalbosjö, with its main part belonging to Dalsland; the eastern body is known as Värmlandsjön, its northern parts belonging to Värmland and the southern to Västergötland.

After Lake Vänern, Lake Vättern is the second largest lake (by surface area) in Sweden. 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. The average depth is 40 meters. The lake has a perimeter of about 642 km. The volume is 74 km³. These numbers tend to be fixed, as the level of the lake is regulated.

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