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Sai•maaˈsaɪ mɑ(n.)

  1. Lake, a lake in SE Finland. ab. 500 sq. mi. (1295 sq. km).

    Category: Geography (places)

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  1. Saimaa

    Saimaa is a lake in southeastern Finland. At approximately 4,400 square kilometres, it is the largest lake in Finland, and the fourth largest natural sweetwater lake in Europe. It was formed by glacial melting at the end of the Ice Age. Major towns on the lakeshore include Lappeenranta, Imatra, Savonlinna, Mikkeli, Varkaus, and Joensuu. The Vuoksi River flows from Saimaa to Lake Ladoga. Most of the lake is spotted with islands, and narrow canals divide the lake in many parts, each having their own names. In places in the Saimaa basin, "there is more shoreline here per unit of area than anywhere else in the world, the total length being nearly 15,000 kilometres. The number of islands in the region, 14,000, also shows what a maze of detail the system is." The Saimaa Canal from Lappeenranta to Vyborg connects Saimaa to the Gulf of Finland. Other canals connect Saimaa to smaller lakes in Eastern Finland and form a network of waterways. These waterways are mainly used to transport wood, minerals, metals, pulp and other cargo, but also tourists use the waterways.

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