Country ranking for field: waterways 1995

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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 VietnamVietnam17702 km navigable; more than 5149 km navigable at all times by vessels up to 1.8 meter draft 
6flag of IndiaIndia16180 km; 3631 km navigable by large vessels 
7flag of ZaireZaire15000 km including the Congo its tributaries and unconnected lakes 
8flag of FranceFrance14932 km; 6969 km heavily traveled 
9flag of ColombiaColombia14300 km navigable by river boats 
10flag of MyanmarMyanmar12800 km; 3200 km navigable by large commercial vessels 
11flag of ArgentinaArgentina11000 km navigable 
12flag of Papua New GuineaPapua New Guinea10940 km 
13flag of BoliviaBolivia10000 km of commercially navigable waterways 
14flag of PeruPeru8600 km of navigable tributaries of Amazon system and 208 km of Lago Titicaca 
15flag of NigeriaNigeria8575 km consisting of Niger and Benue Rivers and smaller rivers and creeks 
16flag of AustraliaAustralia8368 km; mainly by small shallow-draft craft 
17flag of VenezuelaVenezuela7100 km; Rio Orinoco and Lago de Maracaibo accept oceangoing vessels 
18flag of FinlandFinland6675 km total 
19flag of The NetherlandsThe Netherlands6340 km of which 35% is usable by craft of 1000 metric ton capacity or larger 
20flag 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 
21flag of SudanSudan5310 km navigable 
22flag of BangladeshBangladesh5150-8046 km navigable waterways 
23flag 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 
24flag of PolandPoland3997 km navigable rivers and canals 
25flag of CambodiaCambodia3700 km navigable all year to craft drawing 0.6 meters; 282 km navigable to craft drawing 1 
26flag of EgyptEgypt3500 km 
27flag of PhilippinesPhilippines3219 km; limited to shallow-draft 
28flag of ParaguayParaguay3100 km 
29flag of CanadaCanada3000 km including Saint Lawrence Seaway 
30flag of MexicoMexico2900 km navigable rivers and coastal canals 
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 UkraineUkraine1672 km perennially navigable 
43flag of HungaryHungary1622 km 
44flag of South KoreaSouth Korea1609 km; use restricted to small native craft 
45flag of New ZealandNew Zealand1609 km; of little importance to transportation 
46flag of GabonGabon1600 km perennially navigable 
47flag of UruguayUruguay1600 km; used by coastal and shallow-draft river craft 
48flag of NorwayNorway1577 km along west coast; 2.4 m draft vessels maximum 
49flag of EcuadorEcuador1500 km 
50flag of GuineaGuinea1295 km navigable by shallow-draft native craft 
51flag of AngolaAngola1295 km navigable 
52flag of SurinameSuriname1200 km; most important means of transport; oceangoing vessels with drafts ranging up to 7 m can navigate many of the principal waterways 
53flag of SpainSpain1045 km but of minor economic importance 
54flag of IraqIraq1015 km; Shatt al Arab is usually navigable by maritime traffic for about 130 km; channel has been dredged to 3 meters and is in use; Tigris and Euphrates Rivers have navigable sections for shallow-draft watercraft; Shatt al Basrah canal was navigable by shallow-draft craft before closing in 1991 because of the Persian Gulf war 
55flag of Côte d'IvoireCôte d'Ivoire980 km navigable rivers canals and numerous coastal lagoons 
56flag of IranIran904 km; the Shatt al Arab is usually navigable by maritime traffic for about 130 km; channel has been dredged to 3 meters and is in use 
57flag of SenegalSenegal897 km total; 785 km on the Senegal 112 km on the Saloum 
58flag of SyriaSyria870 km; minimal economic importance 
59flag of BelizeBelize825 km river network used by shallow-draft craft; seasonally navigable 
60flag of PortugalPortugal820 km navigable; relatively unimportant to national economy used by shallow-draft craft limited to 300 metric-ton cargo capacity 
61flag of PanamaPanama800 km navigable by shallow draft vessels; 82 km Panama Canal 
62flag of Sierra LeoneSierra Leone800 km; 600 km navigable year round 
63flag of Central African RepublicCentral African Republic800 km; traditional trade carried on by means of shallow-draft dugouts; Oubangui is the most important river 
64flag of CroatiaCroatia785 km perennially navigable 
65flag of ChileChile725 km 
66flag of LithuaniaLithuania600 km perennially navigable 
67flag of EstoniaEstonia500 km perennially navigable 
68flag of BulgariaBulgaria470 km 
69flag of HondurasHonduras465 km navigable by small craft 
70flag of French GuianaFrench Guiana460 km navigable by small oceangoing vessels and river and coastal steamers; 3300 km navigable by native craft 
71flag of AustriaAustria446 km 
72flag of Sri LankaSri Lanka430 km; navigable by shallow-draft craft 
73flag of DenmarkDenmark417 km 
74flag of The GambiaThe Gambia400 km 
75flag of MongoliaMongolia397 km of principal routes 
76flag of LatviaLatvia300 km perennially navigable 
77flag of GuatemalaGuatemala260 km navigable year round; additional 730 km navigable during high-water season 
78flag of CubaCuba240 km 
79flag of BruneiBrunei209 km; navigable by craft drawing less than 1.2 meters 
80flag of FijiFiji203 km; 122 km navigable by motorized craft and 200-metric-ton barges 
81flag of GreeceGreece80 km; system consists of three coastal canals; including the Corinth Canal 
82flag of SwitzerlandSwitzerland65 km; Rhine 
83flag of TogoTogo50 km Mono River 
84flag of AlbaniaAlbania43 km plus Albanian sections of Lake Scutari Lake Ohrid and Lake Prespa 
85flag of LuxembourgLuxembourg37 km; Moselle River 
86flag 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 
87flag of SloveniaSloveniaNA 
88flag of TurkeyTurkeyabout 1200 km 
89flag of TanzaniaTanzaniaLake Tanganyika Lake Victoria Lake Nyasa 
90flag of Wallis and FutunaWallis and Futunanone 
91flag of SlovakiaSlovakiaNA km 
92flag of AfghanistanAfghanistantotal navigability 1200 km; chiefly Amu Darya which handles vessels up to about 500 metric tons 
93flag of LaosLaosabout 4587 km primarily Mekong and tributaries; 2897 additional kilometers are sectionally navigable by craft drawing less than 0.5 m 
94flag of Serbia and MontenegroSerbia and MontenegroNA km 
95flag of IrelandIrelandlimited for commercial traffic 
96flag of ArmeniaArmeniaNA km 
97flag of BelarusBelarusNA km 
98flag of BeninBeninnavigable along small sections important only locally 
99flag of Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and HerzegovinaNA km 
100flag of BurundiBurundiLake Tanganyika 
101flag of CongoCongothe Congo and Ubangi 
102flag of Costa RicaCosta Ricaabout 730 km seasonally navigable 
103flag of Czech RepublicCzech RepublicNA km; the Elbe 
104flag of El SalvadorEl SalvadorRio Lempa partially navigable 
105flag of GhanaGhanaVolta Ankobra and Tano Rivers provide 168 km of perennial navigation for launches and lighters; Lake Volta provides 1125 km of arterial and feeder waterways 
106flag of Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissauscattered stretches are important to coastal commerce 
107flag of HaitiHaitinegligible; less than 100 km navigable 
108flag of JapanJapanabout 1770 km; seagoing craft ply all coastal inland seas 
109flag of RwandaRwandaLac Kivu navigable by shallow-draft barges and native craft 
110flag of KazakhstanKazakhstanSyrdariya River Ertis River 
111flag of KenyaKenyapart of Lake Victoria system is within boundaries of Kenya 
112flag of KiribatiKiribatismall network of canals totaling 5 km in Line Islands 
113flag of LibyaLibyanone 
114flag of MacedoniaMacedonianone lake transport only 
115flag of MadagascarMadagascarof local importance only; isolated streams and small portions of Canal des Pangalanes 
116flag of MalawiMalawiLake Nyasa 
117flag of MauritaniaMauritaniamostly ferry traffic on the Senegal River 
118flag of MozambiqueMozambiqueabout 3750 km of navigable routes 
119flag of NigerNigerNiger River is navigable 300 km from Niamey to Gaya on the Benin frontier from mid-December through March 
120flag of Northern Mariana IslandsNorthern Mariana Islandsnone 
121flag of RussiaRussiatotal navigable routes in general use 101000 km; routes with navigation guides serving the Russian River Fleet 95900 km; of which routes with night navigational aids 60400 km; man-made navigable routes 16900 km 
122flag of ZimbabweZimbabweLake Kariba is a potential line of communication 

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