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Vote Lake Saimaa to be new 7th wonder of the world

Saimaa (IPA: [sɑ͡imɑː]), or Saimen in Swedish, is a lake in southeastern Finland. At approximately 4,400 km² square km, it is the largest lake in Finland, and the fourth largest in Europe. It was formed by glacial melting at the end of the Ice Age. Major towns on the lakeshore include Lappeenranta, Imatra, Savonlinna, Mikkeli, Varkaus, and Joensuu. The Vuoksi River flows from Saimaa to Lake Ladoga. Most of the lake is spotted with islands, and narrow canals divide the lake in many parts, each having their own names (major basins include Suur-Saimaa, Orivesi, Puruvesi, Haukivesi, Yövesi, Pihlajavesi, and Pyhäselkä).

The Saimaa Canal from Lappeenranta to Vyborg binds Saimaa to the Gulf of Finland. Other canals bind Saimaa to smaller lakes in Eastern Finland and form a network of waterways. These waterways are mainly used to transport wood, minerals, metals, pulp and other cargo, but also tourists use the waterways.

One of the three species of freshwater seals, the Saimaa Ringed Seal, lives only at Saimaa.

Vote Lake Saimaa http://www.new7wonders.com/nature/en/nominees/europe/c/LakeSaimaa/

1. Lake Saimaa IS 7th wonder of the world

2. Lake Saimaa and the Saimaa Seal must be protected

3. Lake Saimaa is unique