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Mälaren at dusk


Mälaren is the third largest lake in Sweden, after lakes Vänern and Vättern. Its area is 1140 km² and its greatest depth is 64 m. The lake drains, from west to east, into the Baltic Sea at Stockholm through Södertälje kanal, Norrström, Slussen and Hammarbyslussen. The easternmost bay of Mälaren, in central Stockholm, is called Riddarfjärden. The lake is located in Svealand and bounded by the Provinces of Uplandia, Sudermannia, Nericia, and Westmannia. The two largest islands in Mälaren are Selaön (91 km²) and Svartsjölandet (79 km²).

Birka (older name for Björkö) and Hovgården (on the neighbouring island Adelsö) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993.

In Norse mythology, the lake was created by the goddess Gefjun when she tricked Gylfi, the Swedish king of Gylfaginning.

Larger islands

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See also

External links

  • Mälarguiden (http://www.malaren.com/) - Guide to Mälaren (mostly in Swedish but a lot of maps and some English text)
  • Strömma Kanalbolaget (http://www.strommakanalbolaget.com/) - Boat tours and ferries in Mälaren
  • Castles around Mälaren (http://www.malarslott.nu/index_eng.htm)

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