It is quite difficult to answer which country has the most number of lakes in the world since there is no official or scientific definitions for clear identification that why most of world’s lakes are not recognized or unknown but roughly you can say that it is an area filled with water that is surrounded by land apart from any river or other outlet that serves to feed or drain the lake.
Naturally they are located in mountainous areas, rift zones, and places with continuous glaciations while artificial lakes are mostly made for recreational purposes, power generation and agricultural use.
Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world’s countries combined. Approximately 60 percent of the world’s lakes are in Canada. It has estimated 31, 752 major lakes larger than 3 square kilometers as claimed by Government of Canada, while number of lakes larger than 100 km2 are 561. Almost 9% of country’s total area is covered by freshwater. There are many unknown small lakes that are estimated to be at least 2 million but no official data about that is available for recognition.
But if we compare number of officially claimed lakes, then Finland would rank as country with most lakes of 187, 888 that is considerably more than Canada.
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