"Sweden is the country in Europe which has the most lakes."
Translation:Sverige är det land i Europa som har flest sjöar.
I THINK flest is for count nouns (sjöar, hus, etc.) and mest is for non count nouns, (mjölk, öl, etc.)
It has the most lakes of all the countries in Europe? Did Russia get counted? Or not-including Russia, Sweden has the most lakes?
I believe Sweden is in the lead actually. But I'd love some statistics on the subject if there is any.
I wrote this sentence! I didn't just make it up, the source is here: https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europas_geografi, under Sjöar. I don't know whether they counted Russia, but I know that Russia in fact does not have a lot of lakes, instead rivers are very characteristic of their natural geography.
The Wikipedia article takes into account the lakes that are bigger than one hectare in size. If you include the smaller lakes as well, Finland has some 187 900 lakes, more than in any other country in Europe. This is what I was taught at school, so I suppose it depends on how you define the concept 'lake'.
That sounds like the discussion about if Minnesota has more lakes than Michigan. The latter has to count ponds to come close. :-)
In geography, the surface area of the water actually has nothing to do with whether you’re talking about a pond, a lake, or a sea. Most people are aware about the distinction between a lake and a sea, and that some lakes are inaccurately called seas and vice versa. But that there are lakes that people call ponds and ponds that people call lakes is less widespread knowledge. The difference is actually about depth, not area (which makes sense, since they’re, you know, water, not mirrors). Ponds are photic zones, meaning that sun light reaches the whole bottom and therefore the whole of their bottoms have vegetation. Lakes are aphotic zones, meaning that they are so deep that sunlight does not reach the bottom and they have parts with no plants. Using the surface area as criteria means that some ponds are included and that countless lakes are excluded in the figure. :)
One of the most maddening combination of rules yet. Last section on level 5 and I am ready to throw in the towel...