Country ranking for field: waterways 1990

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This entry gives the total length of navigable rivers, canals, and other inland bodies of water.

1flag of ChinaChina138600 
2flag of BrazilBrazil50000 km navigable 
3flag of United StatesUnited States41009 km of navigable inland channels exclusive of the Great Lakes 
4flag of IndonesiaIndonesia21579 km total; Sumatra 5471 km Java and Madura 820 km Kalimantan 10460 km Celebes 241 km Irian Jaya 4587 km 
5flag of IndiaIndia16180 km; 3631 km navigable by large vessels 
6flag of ZaireZaire15000 km including the Congo its tributaries and unconnected lakes 
7flag of FranceFrance14932 km; 6969 km heavily traveled 
8flag of ColombiaColombia14300 km navigable by river boats 
9flag of MyanmarMyanmar12800 km; 3200 km navigable by large commercial vessels 
10flag of ArgentinaArgentina11000 km navigable 
11flag of Papua New GuineaPapua New Guinea10940 km 
12flag of BoliviaBolivia10000 km of commercially navigable waterways 
13flag of PeruPeru8600 km of navigable tributaries of Amazon system and 208 km Lago Titicaca 
14flag of NigeriaNigeria8575 km consisting of Niger and Benue Rivers and smaller rivers and creeks 
15flag of AustraliaAustralia8368 km; mainly by small shallow-draft craft 
16flag of VenezuelaVenezuela7100 km; Rio Orinoco and Lago de Maracaibo accept oceangoing vessels 
17flag of FinlandFinland6675 km total 
18flag of The NetherlandsThe Netherlands6340 km of which 35% is usable by craft of 1000 metric ton capacity or larger 
19flag of GuyanaGuyana6000 km total of navigable waterways; Berbice Demerara and Essequibo Rivers are navigable by oceangoing vessels for 150 km 100 km and 80 km respectively 
20flag of SudanSudan5310 km navigable 
21flag of BangladeshBangladesh5150-8046 km navigable waterways 
22flag of ThailandThailand3999 km principal waterways; 3701 km with navigable depths of 0.9 m or more throughout the year; numerous minor waterways navigable by shallow-draft native craft 
23flag of PolandPoland3997 km navigable rivers and canals 
24flag of CambodiaCambodia3700 km navigable all year to craft drawing 0.6 meters; 282 km navigable to craft drawing 1 
25flag of EgyptEgypt3500 km 
26flag of PhilippinesPhilippines3219 km; limited to shallow-draft 
27flag of ParaguayParaguay3100 km 
28flag of CanadaCanada3000 km including St. Lawrence Seaway 
29flag of MexicoMexico2900 km navigable rivers and coastal canals 
30flag of YugoslaviaYugoslavia2600 km 
31flag of ItalyItaly2400 km for various types of commercial traffic although of limited overall value 
32flag of United KingdomUnited Kingdom2291 total; British Waterways Board 606 km; Port Authorities 706 km; other 979 km 
33flag of North KoreaNorth Korea2253 km; mostly navigable by small craft only 
34flag of ZambiaZambia2250 km including Zambezi and Luapula Rivers Lake Tanganyika 
35flag of NicaraguaNicaragua2220 km including 2 large lakes 
36flag of CameroonCameroon2090 km; of decreasing importance 
37flag of SwedenSweden2052 km navigable for small steamers and barges 
38flag of BelgiumBelgium2043 km 
39flag of ChadChad2000 km navigable 
40flag of MaliMali1815 km navigable 
41flag of RomaniaRomania1724 km 
42flag of HungaryHungary1622 km 
43flag of New ZealandNew Zealand1609 km; of little importance to transportation 
44flag of South KoreaSouth Korea1609 km; use restricted to small native craft 
45flag of GabonGabon1600 km perennially navigable 
46flag of UruguayUruguay1600 km; used by coastal and shallow-draft river craft 
47flag of NorwayNorway1577 km along west coast; 1.5-2 
48flag of EcuadorEcuador1500 km 
49flag of AngolaAngola1295 km navigable 
50flag of GuineaGuinea1295 km navigable by shallow-draft native craft 
51flag of SurinameSuriname1200 km; most important means of transport; oceangoing vessels with drafts ranging from 4.2 m to 7 m can navigate many of the principal waterways 
52flag of SpainSpain1045 km but of minor economic importance 
53flag of IraqIraq1015 km; Shatt al Arab usually navigable by maritime traffic for about 130 km but closed since September 1980 because of Iran-Iraq war; Tigris and Euphrates navigable by shallow-draft steamers 
54flag of Côte d'IvoireCôte d'Ivoire980 km navigable rivers canals and numerous coastal lagoons 
55flag of IranIran904 km; the Shatt al Arab is usually navigable by maritime traffic for about 130 km but closed since September 1980 because of Iran-Iraq war 
56flag of SenegalSenegal900 km total; 785 km on the Senegal 115 km on the Saloum 
57flag of BelizeBelize825 km river network used by shallow-draft craft; seasonally navigable 
58flag of PortugalPortugal820 km navigable; relatively unimportant to national economy used by shallow-draft craft limited to 300-metric-ton cargo capacity 
59flag of PanamaPanama800 km navigable by shallow draft vessels; 82 km Panama Canal 
60flag of Sierra LeoneSierra Leone800 km; 600 km navigable year round 
61flag of Central African RepublicCentral African Republic800 km; traditional trade carried on by means of shallow-draft dugouts; Oubangui is the most important river 
62flag of ChileChile725 km 
63flag of SyriaSyria672 km; of little economic importance 
64flag of BulgariaBulgaria470 km 
65flag of HondurasHonduras465 km navigable by small craft 
66flag of French GuianaFrench Guiana460 km navigable by small oceangoing vessels and river and coastal steamers; 3300 km possibly navigable by native craft 
67flag of AustriaAustria446 km 
68flag of Sri LankaSri Lanka430 km; navigable by shallow-draft craft 
69flag of DenmarkDenmark417 km 
70flag of The GambiaThe Gambia400 km 
71flag of MongoliaMongolia397 km of principal routes 
72flag of GuatemalaGuatemala260 km navigable year round; additional 730 km navigable during high-water season 
73flag of CubaCuba240 km 
74flag of BruneiBrunei209 km; navigable by craft drawing less than 1.2 meters 
75flag of FijiFiji203 km; 122 km navigable by motorized craft and 200-metric-ton barges 
76flag of GreeceGreece80 km; system consists of three coastal canals and three unconnected rivers 
77flag of SwitzerlandSwitzerland65 km; Rhine 
78flag of AlbaniaAlbania43 km plus Albanian sections of Lake Scutari Lake Ohrid and Lake Prespa 
79flag of LuxembourgLuxembourg37 km; Moselle River 
80flag of TanzaniaTanzaniaLake Tanganyika Lake Victoria Lake Nyasa 
81flag of UgandaUgandaLake Victoria Lake Albert Lake Kyoga Lake George Lake Edward; Victoria Nile Albert Nile; principal inland water ports are at Jinja and Port Bell both on Lake Victoria 
82flag of VietnamVietnamabout 17702 km navigable; more than 5149 km navigable at all times by vessels up to 1.8 meter draft 
83flag of TurkeyTurkeyabout 1200 km 
84flag of Wallis and FutunaWallis and Futunanone 
85flag of TogoTogonone 
86flag of AfghanistanAfghanistantotal navigability 1200 km; chiefly Amu Darya which handles steamers up to about 500 metric tons 
87flag of KiribatiKiribatismall network of canals totaling 5 km in Line Islands 
88flag of RwandaRwandaLac Kivu navigable by shallow-draft barges and native craft 
89flag of HaitiHaitinegligible; less than 100 km navigable 
90flag of BeninBeninnavigable along small sections important only locally 
91flag of BurundiBurundiLake Tanganyika 
92flag of CongoCongothe Congo and Ubangi 
93flag of Costa RicaCosta Ricaabout 730 km seasonally navigable 
94flag of El SalvadorEl SalvadorRio Lempa partially navigable 
95flag of GhanaGhanaVolta Ankobra and Tano Rivers provide 155 km of perennial navigation for launches and lighters; Lake Volta provides 1125 km of arterial and feeder waterways 
96flag of Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissauscattered stretches are important to coastal commerce 
97flag of IrelandIrelandlimited for commercial traffic 
98flag of NigerNigerNiger river is navigable 300 km from Niamey to Gaya on the Benin frontier from mid-December through March 
99flag of JapanJapanabout 1770 km; seagoing craft ply all coastal inland seas 
100flag of KenyaKenyapart of Lake Victoria system is within boundaries of Kenya; principal inland port is at Kisumu 
101flag of LaosLaosabout 4587 km primarily Mekong and tributaries; 2897 additional kilometers are sectionally navigable by craft drawing less than 0.5 m 
102flag of MadagascarMadagascarof local importance only; isolated streams and small portions of Canal des Pangalanes 
103flag of MalawiMalawiLake Nyasa 
104flag of MalaysiaMalaysiaPeninsular Malaysia--3209 km; Sabah--1569 km; Sarawak--2518 km 
105flag of MauritaniaMauritaniamostly ferry traffic on the Senegal River 
106flag of MozambiqueMozambiqueabout 3750 km of navigable routes 
107flag of ZimbabweZimbabweLake Kariba is a potential line of communication 

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