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Countries by Inland Surface Water

Name the countries with at least 25,000 square kilometres of inland surface water.
Inland surface water is the total area of a country's lakes, rivers, and reservoirs
According to CIA World Factbook
Last updated: February 02, 2019
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km2
country
891,163
Canada
720,500
Russia
377,424
United States
314,070
India
270,550
China
157,630
Brazil
116,600
Iran
km2
country
100,210
Colombia
93,000
Indonesia
77,810
D.R. Congo
61,500
Tanzania
58,920
Australia
43,938
Uganda
43,710
Argentina
km2
country
39,960
Sweden
34,330
Finland
30,000
Venezuela
25,220
Pakistan
25,200
Kazakhstan
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level 75
Aug 2, 2013
I got everything except for Columbia. Very surprised that Columbia University has that much water, unless you meant the District of Columbia- though that would be very surprising, too. If you told me the country of ColOmbia was on the list I wouldn't be surprised at all.
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level 73
Aug 2, 2013
Changed to Colombia. Also added Columbia as a type in for those confused individuals such as myself.
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level 55
Apr 25, 2015
Perhaps British Columbia? But Canada is already on the list. ;)
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level 54
Jun 26, 2016
There are nicer ways to point out a typo...
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level 55
Nov 6, 2016
Kalbahamut doesn't do nice.
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level 75
Nov 29, 2016
I wasn't being mean.
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level 39
Nov 30, 2016
I don't believe there's a comment on this site from that guy that isn't supercilious. We should all be thankful to be graced by his online presence.
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level 57
Oct 28, 2018
I dont see how
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level 75
Dec 2, 2018
matt: thanks so much for weighing in. It's very helpful for us that you publicly announce your opinions of others and the value of their comments. So glad that your humility didn't get the better of you and prevent you from sharing this assessment, as we have all benefited tremendously from your sagacious insight.
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level 71
Jan 5, 2019
Kal, are you personal friends with the Quizmaster?
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level 75
Jan 6, 2019
nope
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level 54
Nov 29, 2016
:D
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level 73
Nov 29, 2016
I thought kalbahamut was amusing, not mean.
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level 71
May 9, 2014
What about countries bordering the Caspian Sea?
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level 73
May 10, 2014
Good question. According to Wikipedia water area "is the sum of the surfaces of all inland water bodies, such as lakes, reservoirs, or rivers, as delimited by international boundaries and/or coastlines.[2] Territorial waters and exclusive economic zones are not included. Some entries may also include coastal waters, depending on source, notably on CIA sources."
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level 65
Nov 7, 2014
Thats odd. What makes Uganda appear on this list if Lake Victoria doesn't count? :S
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level 73
Nov 7, 2014
Lake Victoria does count in the same way the great lakes count. An inland body of water that happens to be shared.
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level 47
Nov 30, 2016
Political issues, but Russia and Iran both make the list regardless.
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level 45
Nov 3, 2014
Along with the world's most fertile land and the amount of inland surface water, no wonder India has 1.3 Billion inhabitants.
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level 80
Nov 3, 2014
Does data or a quiz exist about this with percentages? Which country has most of its area being water?
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level 73
Nov 3, 2014
Not that I know of
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level 54
Nov 3, 2014
This could be worked out with some data (perhaps from the same source, for consistency) on the land area of each country, if someone was willing to do that and turn it into a quiz. All these countries are rather large except Uganda, which could well top it, unless there are some smaller countries with lots of water - I was surprised the UK wasn't included as it has loads of rivers, lochs, lakes etc.
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level 71
Nov 3, 2014
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level 48
Nov 3, 2014
Missed Philippines and Uganda.
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level 67
Nov 3, 2014
I didn't think to try Indonesia or Philippines. I didn't think groups of islands like that would count, or that any actual inland bodies of water they would have would be very small since the islands themselves don't look that big. Huh.
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level 75
Nov 10, 2014
They look much bigger up close.
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level 68
Jan 5, 2019
"It's a small world, but I wouldn't want to paint it." (Steven Wright)
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level 55
Apr 25, 2015
I was surprised by that, too, but randomly tried Indonesia, so I caught on.
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level 75
Nov 29, 2016
Indonesia is the 14th largest country in the world by land area.
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level 68
Feb 2, 2019
Other than sheer land area, the main reason I tried Indonesia is that I read an article recently about their major urban subsidence problems.
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level 28
Apr 1, 2015
100% so easy!!!
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level 58
Apr 3, 2015
Not sure how, but I put in Australia three times and misspelled it every single time. Sorry, Australians everywhere.
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level 64
Nov 29, 2016
Splendid idea! Thanks!
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level 28
Nov 29, 2016
you should accept braSil
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level 67
Dec 31, 2016
I should have guessed Indonesia, I nearly drowned in Lake Toba in Sumatra many years ago.
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level 59
Feb 5, 2017
Is the Caspian Sea being counted in this?
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level 73
Feb 5, 2017
This was discussed in the comments above. Essentially it doesn't matter since Iran and Russia already made the list.
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level 56
Jun 22, 2017
Great Quiz! Check also my most recent: - Inland Water Richest Countries on the World Map This list countries bit different way.
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level 56
Jun 22, 2017
Before the independence of South Sudan, the combined inland surface water of Sudan was about 130 000 sq kilometers, and the percentage of inland water of the total area was 5.18%. Due to the war, figures are not available of the two countries now. If we just knew their figures, at least another of them would be ranked high on this quiz.
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level 39
Oct 24, 2018
maybe less time? I guessed most of the world and got a lot by luck. I think i guessed 120 countries.
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level 75
Jan 5, 2019
Did the Philippines get taken off the list?
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level 46
Jan 28, 2019
Australia? Really?
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level 72
Feb 3, 2019
It's huge and some parts are quite wet. It could add up. It's still only 0.766 %
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level ∞
Feb 2, 2019
Note: I am not convinced by the CIA World Factbook's numbers. The number for India is almost definitely too high, for example. However, the Wikipedia article is flawed as well.
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level 74
Feb 7, 2019
Doesn't seem far from reality to me. There are an awful lot of lakes. Also take into account some ocean inlets, and 10% sounds about right.