Canada: Canada has been found to have the highest number of lakes in the world. Canada's large size may be a contributing factor to the number of lakes in the country. The lakes began developing due to the intense glacial activities. Approximately 60% of the world's lakes are found in Canada. The Government of Canada has reported that there are 31,752 major lakes in the country. These lakes each cover an area of over 3 km squared (1.8 miles squared). The number of lakes that cover an area of over 100km squared (62 miles squared) is 561. It is also estimated that the number of small lakes is close to two million. About 9% of Canada is covered by freshwater. The largest lake that is entirely in Canada's territory is the Great Bear Lake which covers an area of approximately 31,328 km squared (19,466 miles squared).
Finland: If we take into consideration the number of official lakes that are claimed by a country, Finland would overtake Canada by a large margin. Finland has 187,888 official lakes that each have an area of over 500 meters squared. Approximately 57,000 of these lakes have an area of over 10,000 meters squared. These statistics have caused debate over which country has the highest number of lakes. If an individual bases the number off of officially listed lakes, Finland has the most lakes.
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