There are thousands of lakes in the European region located in particular places. Here, all largest lakes of Europe ranked by surface area. The lowlands and valleys are the birthplaces of many lakes which vary in size and depth.
Facts to Know:
- Ladoga, the largest lake in Europe and 14th largest in the World. (located in north-western part of Russia).
- Many Europe’s largest lakes located in Finland and Russia.
- Vanern, the largest lake in Sweden and the European Union.
- Europe dotted by thousands of lakes and reservoirs.
- Many Natural lakes formed 10,000 to 15,000 years ago.
- The ice of northern Europe is the main source of water for many lakes.
- Norway, Sweden, and Finland have numerous lakes which covered around 5% to 10% of the total surface area of particular countries.
- Many natural lakes located in mountain ranges of central Europe.
- Lakes found in valleys relatively larger and lakes at high altitude are small.
- Saimaa is the largest lake in Finland while Paijanne lake the deepest.
- Peipus is the largest lake in Estonia.
- IJsselmeer, the largest lake in Netherlands and Western Europe.
Largest Lakes in the Regional division of Europe.
- Eastern Europe: Ladoga, Onega, Beloye, Vygozero, Topozero, Ilmen, Sevan, Segozero, Imandra
- Northern Europe: Vanern, Saimaa, Peipus, Vattern, Malaren, Paijanne, Inari, Pielinen, Oulujarvi
- Western Europe: IJsselmeer, Markermeer, Geneva, Constance, Neusiedi, Neuchatel
- Southern Europe: Scutari, Garda, Ohrid, Grea Prespa, Derdap, Alqueva, Maggiore, Mar Menor
Note: Reservoirs and smaller sub-basins are ignored from the list.