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100 Biggest Natural Lakes in Europe with a Map

Can you name any of the 100 largest natural lakes in Europe by surface area with the help of a map?
Reservoirs are not counted
Some lakes that are connected to each other are grouped in this quiz
Source(mostly): Wikipedia
Quiz by hugopernia
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Last updated: September 25, 2022
First submittedJanuary 4, 2022
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Lake
Area (In km2)
Ladoga
17 700
Onega
9 894
Vänern
5 655
Saimaa
4 377
Peipus
3 555
Vättern
1 893
Beloye
1 290
Vygozero
1 250
Mälaren
1 150
Päijänne
1 081
Inari
1 040
Topozero
986
Ilmen
982
Segozero
906
Pielinen
894
Oulujärvi
887
Imandra
876
Pyaozero
659
Kovdozero
608
Kuyto
596
Balaton
592
Geneva
581
Constance
541
Keitele
494
Hjälmaren
485
Kallavesi
473
Storsjön
464
Vozhe
416
Razelm
415
Kubenskoye
407
Lough Neagh
388
Skadar
370
Garda
370
Mjøsa
365
Lake
Area (In km2)
Ohrid
358
Lacha
356
Siljan
354
Puula
330
Torneträsk
330
Vodlozero
322
Neusiedl
315
Umbozero
313
Höytiäinen
282
Great Prespa
273
Võrtsjärv
270
Syamozero
270
Näsijärvi
256
Hornavan
252
Yli-Kitka
237
Tikshozero
232
Kemijärvi
231
Keret
223
Juojärvi
220
Røssvatnet
219
Neuchâtel
218
Nyuk
214
Maggiore
212
Seliger
212
Uddjaure
210
Pyhäjärvi
207
Femund
204
Yanisyarvi
204
Lough Corrib
200
Lovozero
200
Kiantajärvi
191
Konnevesi
189
Bolmen
184
Lake
Area (In km2)
Ströms vattudal
183
Ondozero
182
Sioruman
173
Storavan
172
Sinoe
171
Mar Menor
170
Nilakka
169
Koitere
167
Leksozero
166
Stora Lulevatten
165
Åsnen
159
Juurusvesi–Akonvesi
159
Étang de Berre
155
Pyhäjärvi
155
Kivijärvi
154
Elton
150
Vanajavesi
150
Yaluph
149
Como
146
Lappajärvi
145
Suontee
143
Randsfjorden
139
Tyrifjorden
139
Kallsjön
135
Viinijärvi
135
Längelmävesi
133
Skagern
133
Sommen
132
Kyyvesi
128
Trasimeno
124
Pyhajärvi
122
Engozero
122
Snåsavatnet
121
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Level 55
Jan 4, 2022
Fun fact: Finland has 39 lakes named Pyhajärvi! But only 3 of them made it to this quiz
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Level 43
Jan 4, 2022
Thank you for the great quiz!

Yes, the literal translation of Pyhäjärvi is 'Holy lake'. Finland have 187 888 lakes according to calculations made in the 80s.

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Level 55
Jan 4, 2022
Glad you like it! And thanks for the translation!

I knew Finland had a lot of lakes, but I didn't know they were than many!

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Level 43
Jan 4, 2022
Yes, there was earlier estimate that the amount is about 60 000, but calculating also small ponds the amount became three times bigger.

It depends on definition, how big the water area must be to be considered as a lake. In Eastern Finland lakes are big, like Saimaa, and it is difficult to say where one lake starts and another ends. In Northern Lappland there is huge amount of small ponds.

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Level 65
Jan 4, 2022
And Norway have 450 000.
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Level 55
Jan 4, 2022
Thanks for the info! That's a lot of lakes!
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Level 43
Jan 4, 2022
That is fascinating! I saw in Finnish Wikipedia that Norway have 969 100 lakes, if also the smallest lakes are included:

https://fi.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norjan_j%C3%A4rvet

Those "smallest" are bigger than the smallest calculated in Finland, because the limit here was 5 ares (1 are = 10 x 10 meters, in Finnish: aari).

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Level 55
Jan 4, 2022
Now my country (Spain) feels like a desert, we only have about 500 lakes apparently!
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Level 43
Jan 4, 2022
In North the big amount of lakes is reflection of ice age. Amount of lakes and success in Winter Olympics are positively correlated. Spain on the other hand have potential Xavi and Iniesta in every village. :)
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Level 55
Jan 4, 2022
Yes, each country has its things, I guess

Fun fact: Spain does actually have deserts, 3 of them (Tabernas Desert, Monegros Desert and Bardenas Reales)

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Level 43
Jan 4, 2022
It seems that the Tabernas Desert is the famous location where many Spaghetti Westerns were filmed. I knew that the location was in Spain, but didn't know where.
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Level 55
Jan 4, 2022
I'm not really into films, so I didn't know abaout that either. That's ineteresting to know!
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Level 65
Jan 4, 2022
And what about Maspalomas desert?
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Level 55
Jan 4, 2022
Didn't know about that one! But it definitely looks like a desert. I suppose they ones I mentioned were only the ones in mainland Spain
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Level 65
Jan 4, 2022
It's Tyrifjorden, not Tyrfjorden.
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Level 55
Jan 4, 2022
Corrected, thanks!
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Level 59
May 19, 2022
Great quiz. But as I know Isselmeer and Markermeer are artificial. They used to be part of the open sea (a bay named Zuiderzee) and became lakes by the construction of dams.
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Level 55
May 19, 2022
Thanks! And you are right about the Dutch lakes, I don't know how I didn't remember that when doing the quiz, since I already knew it!
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Level 73
May 19, 2022
Great quiz. And pretty tough. Got 16. I didn't realize there were two Prespas.
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Level 55
May 19, 2022
Thanks for your words!

And yes, it is more difficult than I thought it would be when I did the quiz

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Level 66
May 19, 2022
Oh my God! They killed Flevoland!
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Level 55
May 22, 2022
Don't worry, I heard they will be reviving it soon!
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Level 65
May 21, 2022
Could you accept Peipsi as well as Peipus? It's Estonian and often used internationally too.
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Level 55
May 22, 2022
Thanks for the info! I'll make it a type-in
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Level 75
May 22, 2022
Nice! How did you make the map?
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Level 55
May 22, 2022
Thanks!

I used this map from Wikimedia Commons as a base, then removed all the unnecessary elements (rivers, many lakes, ...) and changed colours and stuff. Finally, I had to add all the lakes that weren't present (I tried to more or less draw them looking at their shape in Google Maps)

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Level 61
Sep 23, 2022
I like your quiz, although it's much more difficult than the one about the hundred rivers.

Could you accept Fertő as well as Neusiedl? It's on the Austrian-Hungarian border, and the Hungarian name is also in use.

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Level 55
Sep 23, 2022
Thanks! And yeah, I will accept the Hungarian name
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Level 66
Sep 23, 2022
Please accept Neagh and Corrib for Lough Neagh and Lough Corrib respectively, or maybe even have Lough already filled in and a line for Neagh. Lough is just a Gaelic word for lake, which shouldn't be required, since you also don't need to type Lake Geneva, etc.
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Level 55
Sep 25, 2022
I forgot to add those type-ins when I made the quiz, so thanks for reminding me!