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Waterways Length by Country 2024

Country
Total Length
Russia102,000
Brazil50,000
Vietnam47,130
Kazakhstan43,983
United States41,009
China27,700
Colombia24,725
Indonesia21,579
DR Congo15,000
India14,500

The country with the longest amount of waterways is Russia, which has 102 thousand kilometers of waterways. This is particularly impressive considering that this number is more than double that of Brazil, the country with the second-longest length of waterways. The next three spots are taken by Vietnam with over 47 thousand kilometers of waterways, Kazakhstan with almost 44 thousand kilometers, and the United States with just over 41 thousand kilometers.

Russia's number one spot is unsurprising given that it is the largest country in the world. In fact, it is so large that it is over 7 million square kilometers larger than any other country in the world and makes up 11.5% of the Earth's area. What is surprising is that Canada, the second-largest country in the world with 10 million square kilometers, doesn't even break the top ten for longest waterways. Canada is much closer to the bottom of the list with only 636 kilometers of waterways.

Brazil, Kazakhstan, and the United States are three of the largest countries in the world with millions of square kilometers each. However, Vietnam is significantly smaller with 331.2 thousand square kilometers. Supposing that the two countries closest in size to Vietnam, Malaysia and Finland, only have 7.2 thousand and 8 thousand kilometers of waterways respectively, it is easy to understand that waterways are an important feature of the Vietnamese landscape.

China holds the sixth position with over 27 thousand kilometers of waterways. While this is a considerable length, it is less than half the length of China's planned high-speed rail system, which is the longest in the world. Even if the plan is never finished, China already has 13 thousand more kilometers of finished high-speed rail lines than waterways. The rest of the top ten is rounded out by Colombia, Indonesia, DR Congo, and India.

The two countries with the fewest kilometers of waterways both have less than 10 kilometers each. Kiribati is an island nation with 5 kilometers of waterways while Greece consists of both islands and coastal mainland. Five other countries have less than 100 kilometers of waterways each: Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Albania, Togo, and Rwanda.

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Country
Total Length (km)
Year of Measurement
Russia102,0002009
Brazil50,0002012
Vietnam47,1302011
Kazakhstan43,9832020
United States41,0092012
China27,7002020
Colombia24,7252019
Indonesia21,5792011
DR Congo15,0002011
India14,5002012
Myanmar12,8002011
Chad12,4002022
Argentina11,0002012
Papua New Guinea11,0002011
Bolivia10,0002012
Peru8,8082011
Nigeria8,6002011
Bangladesh8,3702011
Finland8,0002013
Germany7,4672012
Malaysia7,2002011
Venezuela7,1002011
Netherlands6,2372012
Iraq5,2792012
Croatia4,7142022
Laos4,6002012
Sudan4,0682011
Thailand4,0002011
Poland3,9972009
Cambodia3,7002012
Egypt3,5002018
Philippines3,2192011
United Kingdom3,2002009
Paraguay3,1002012
Mexico2,9002012
Central African Republic2,8002011
Belarus2,5002011
Italy2,4002012
North Korea2,2502011
Zambia2,2502010
Nicaragua2,2202011
Sweden2,0522010
Belgium2,0432012
Australia2,0002011
Mali1,8002011
Japan1,7702010
Romania1,7312010
Ukraine1,6722012
Hungary1,6222011
South Korea1,6002011
Uruguay1,6002011
Gabon1,6002010
Tanzania1,5942022
Norway1,5772010
Ecuador1,5002012
Guinea Bissau1,3672022
Angola1,3002011
Guinea1,3002011
Turkmenistan1,3002011
Ghana1,2932011
Switzerland1,2922010
Turkey1,2002010
Afghanistan1,2002011
Suriname1,2002011
Republic of the Congo1,1202011
Uzbekistan1,1002012
Mauritania1,0862022
Spain1,0002012
Senegal1,0002012
Guatemala9902012
Bosnia and Herzegovina9902022
Ivory Coast9802011
Ireland9562010
Uganda9072022
Syria9002011
Iran8502012
Belize8252011
Sierra Leone8002011
Panama8002011
Costa Rica7302011
Slovenia7102022
Malawi7002010
Burundi6732022
Czech Republic6642010
Canada6362011
Madagascar6002011
Serbia5872009
Mongolia5802010
Kyrgyzstan5762022
Moldova5582011
Bulgaria4702009
Honduras4652012
Mozambique4602010
Lithuania4412007
El Salvador4222022
Denmark4002010
Gambia3902010
Austria3582011
Estonia3352011
Guyana3302012
Niger3002012
Latvia3002010
Cuba2402011
Zimbabwe2232022
Portugal2102011
Brunei2092012
Fiji2032012
Tajikistan2002011
Slovakia1722012
Sri Lanka1602012
Benin1502011
Rwanda902022
Togo502011
Albania412011
Luxembourg372010
Liechtenstein282010
Greece62012
Kiribati52012
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What country has the longest waterways?

Russia is home to the longest waterways in the world. The waterways in the country add up to 102,000 km in length.

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