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Sunday, 7 September 2014


Switzerland has a large number of lakes, large and small, which can be found in most areas of the country. The two most extensive, Lake Geneva and Lake Constance are shared with neighbouring countries (France, and Germany and Austria, respectively). The largest wholly Swiss lake is Lake Neuchâtel.  Next in size comes Lake Maggiore (shared with Italy) followed by Lake Lucerne, Lake Zurich, Lake Lugano (also shared with Italy), Lake Thun, Lake Biel and Lake Zug. A further 46 lakes exist that are more than 1 square kilometre (0.39 sq mi) in surface area, and a considerable number of smaller lakes.  For a list of artificial lakes, see List of dams and reservoirs in Switzerland. For a list of lakes above 800 metres that includes smaller lakes, see List of mountain lakes of Switzerland.
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