Lakes, lakes and more lakes
Thanks to the latest Ice Age, Finland has a huge amount of water: these days we have almost 188 000 lakes or ponds!
The biggest ones are lake Saimaa in Eastern Finland, lake Inari in Lapland, lake Päijänne in the South and lake Oulujärvi near the city of Oulu. However, when travelling in Finland you can see smaller lakes and ponds almost everywhere you look. In winter most of them are frozen, though, and can look like snowy fields.
Lakes and rivers are very clean in Finland, and the drinking water is one of the best in the world.
Most of the lakes can be found in Eastern- and Mid-Finland. That is why we call this area Lakeland. Here you can explore national parks such as Etelä-Konnevesi, Repovesi, Kolovesi and Linnansaari.
We Finns know how to enjoy our lakes: fishing and ice fishing, swimming, ice skating and boating are all popular hobbies. Thanks to the everyman’s right, anyone can enjoy these things in Finland! Read more about everyman’s right.
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