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Femund / Femunden
Engerdal Femunden.jpg
Location Engerdal, Os (Hedmark); Røros (Sør-Trøndelag)
Coordinates 62°12′N 11°52′E / 62.200°N 11.867°E / 62.200; 11.867Coordinates: 62°12′N 11°52′E / 62.200°N 11.867°E / 62.200; 11.867
Basin countries Norway
Max. length 60 kilometres (37 mi)
Max. width 9 kilometres (5.6 mi)
Surface area 203.52 km2 (78.58 sq mi)
Max. depth 130 metres (430 ft)
Water volume 6 cubic kilometres (1.4 cu mi)
Shore length1 234.92 kilometres (145.97 mi)
Surface elevation 662 metres (2,172 ft)
References NVE
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Femunden (or just Femund) is Norway's third largest lake and the second largest natural lake in Norway. It is located close to the border with Sweden in the municipalities of Os, and Engerdal in Hedmark county and Røros in Sør-Trøndelag county. Femundsmarka National Park borders the northeastern part of the lake.[1]

Map of Femund

The 204-square-kilometre (79 sq mi) lake holds about 6 cubic kilometres (1.4 cu mi) of water and reaches a maximum depth of 130 metres (430 ft). The surface of the lake sits about 662 metres (2,172 ft) above sea level.


The first element (Fe- or Fem-) has no known meaning, and the last element is the suffix -mund or -und (both are common in Norwegian place names).[1]


After Sweden conquered the parishes of Idre and Särna in 1644 the lake Femunden was considered to be the border between Norway and Sweden. But this was never officially recognised by Norway, and in 1751 was Femundsmarka on the east side of the lake granted was to Norway from Sweden. The new (and current) border from 1751 is quite special: For a length of 61 kilometers it makes a completely straight line between the mountaintops of Våndsjögusten (1002 meter) and Østerhogna (1185 meter).

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  1. ^ a b Store norske leksikon. "Femunden" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-02-25. 

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