What Rivers Flow Into the Baltic Sea?

What Rivers Flow Into the Baltic Sea?
North Europe's Baltic Sea is a brackish inland sea bordered by the Scandinavian Peninsula and the mainland of Europe. Covering over 149,000 square miles, the Baltic Sea eventually empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Twenty-nine major rivers flow through eight European nations to drain into the Baltic Sea or its two arms, the Gulf of Bothnia and the Gulf of Finland.

Rivers of Sweden

Nineteen Swedish rivers feed the Baltic Sea. Many are navigable and have hydroelectric power plants located along them. The Indalsalven has 26 power plants located along its 166-mile stretch. The Ume River is 285 miles long


Rivers of Finland

Fifteen rivers flow into the Baltic Sea from Finland. Both the Kemijoki (Kemi River) and the Torniojoki (Torne River) are important for both hydroelectric power generation and Atlantic salmon fisheries.

Rivers of Russia

Only two Russian rivers drain into the Baltic Sea: the Neva and the Pregolya. In terms of average discharge, the Neva is the third largest river in Europe.

Rivers of Estonia

Six rivers drain from Estonia into the Baltic Sea: Narva, Jagala, Pirita, Keila, Kasari and Parnu. The Parnu is 90 miles long.

Rivers of Latvia

Four rivers cross through Latvia into the Baltic Sea: Gauja, Daugava, Lielupe and Venta. Only the Gauja originates and ends within the Latvian borders. The Venta River originates in Lithuania and travels 215 miles to the Baltic Sea.

River of Lithuania

One Lithuanian river, the Neman, drains into the Baltic Sea. A major navigable river, the Neman is Europe's 14th longest river at more than 559 miles long.

Rivers of Poland

Eleven Polish rivers enter the Baltic Sea. Two of them, the Vistula and Oder, are the longest ones at 651 miles and 531 miles, respectively. Both are major transportation routes. The Vistula's headwaters are in the Carpathian Mountains, while the Oder originates in the Oder Mountains in the Czech Republic.

Rivers of Germany

Six German rivers flow into the Baltic Sea: Uecker, Peene, Recknitz, Warnow, Trave and the Schwentine. Both the Recknitz and the 94-mile-long Warnow have portions that are suitable for canoe trips, with overnight stays at campgrounds or inns.


Article Written By Damian Fagan

Damian Fagan is a writer living in the Pacific Northwest. He has written several field guides for the Globe Pequot Press and published articles in magazines such as "Bird Watchers Digest," "Moab Happenings," "Faces" and "Appleseeds." Fagan holds a Bachelor of Science in botany.

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