The Most Forested Countries in The World (by total % of land)

Larch Forest on Mount Skarbin in Carinthia, Austria

Larch Forest on Mount Skarbin in Carinthia, Austria (image: Johann Jaritz)

This is a list of Global nations, listed by the percentage of land (%) forested, in 2010, the latest data available. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) state that they put together this dataset approximately every 5 to 10 years, so it is unclear as to when a new dataset will be released.

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CountryForest area (km2) [1]% of Land Area Forested [1]
1French Guiana80,82098
2Suriname147,58095
3Micronesia64092
4American Samoa18089
5Palau40088
6Seychelles41088
7Gabon220,00085
8Pitcairn4083
9Turks and Caicos Islands34080
10Solomon Islands22,13079
11Guyana152,05077
12Saint Lucia47077
13Finland221,57073
14Brunei3,80072
15Guinea-Bissau20,22072
16Niue19072
17Marshall Islands13070
18Bhutan32,49069
19Japan249,79069
20Sweden282,03069
21DR Congo1,541,35068
22Laos157,51068
23St. Vincent and the Grenadines27068
24Zambia494,68067
25Republic of Congo224,11066
26Northern Mariana Islands30066
27Cook Islands16065
28South Korea62,22063
29Papua New Guinea287,26063
30Brazil5,195,22062
31Malaysia204,56062
32Puerto Rico5,52062
33Slovenia12,53062
34Belize13,93061
35Anguilla6060
36Dominica45060
37Samoa1,71060
38Equatorial Guinea16,26058
39United States Virgin Islands20058
40Cambodia100,94057
41Fiji10,14056
42Colombia604,99055
43Latvia33,54054
44Bolivia571,96053
45Peru679,92053
46Estonia22,17052
47Indonesia944,32052
48Venezuela462,75052
49Bahamas5,15051
50Costa Rica26,05051
51Cayman Islands13050
52Grenada17050
53Mozambique390,22050
54East Timor7,42050
55Russia8,090,90049
56Gambia4,80048
57Burma317,73048
58Angola584,80047
59Austria38,87047
60Guam26047
61North Korea56,66047
62Honduras51,92046
63Martinique49046
64New Caledonia8,39046
65Liberia43,29045
66Panama32,51044
67Paraguay175,82044
68Senegal84,73044
69Trinidad and Tobago2,26044
70Vietnam137,97044
71Bosnia and Herzegovina21,85043
72Liechtenstein7043
73Belarus86,30042
74Cameroon199,16042
75French Polynesia1,55042
76Saint Kitts and Nevis11042
77Wallis and Futuna Islands6042
78Benin45,61041
79Dominican Republic19,72041
80Montenegro5,43040
81Slovakia19,33040
82Zimbabwe156,24040
83Georgia27,42039
84Guadeloupe64039
85Macedonia9,98039
86Portugal34,56038
87Sierra Leone27,26038
88Tanzania334,28038
89Mayotte14037
90Thailand189,72037
91Andorra16036
92Bulgaria39,27036
93Central African Republic226,05036
94Ecuador98,65036
95Spain181,73036
96Vanuatu4,40036
97Réunion88035
98Canada3,101,34034
99Croatia19,20034
100Czech Republic26,57034
101Guatemala36,57034
102Lithuania21,60034
103Malawi32,37034
104Ivory Coast104,03033
105Luxembourg87033
106Mexico648,02033
107Norway100,65033
108Swaziland5,63033
109Tuvalu1033
110United States3,040,22033
111Germany110,76032
112Italy91,49031
113Jamaica3,37031
114New Zealand82,69031
115Serbia27,13031
116Switzerland12,40031
117Greece39,03030
118Poland93,37030
119France159,54029
120Romania65,73029
121Sri Lanka18,60029
122Sudan699,49029
123Albania7,76028
124Sao Tome and Principe27028
125Guinea65,44027
126Cuba28,70026
127Nicaragua31,14026
128Philippines76,65026
129Nepal36,36025
130British Virgin Islands4024
131Montserrat3024
132Hungary20,29023
133India684,34023
134Antigua and Barbuda10022
135Belgium6,78022
136Chile162,31022
137China2,068,61022
138Ghana49,40022
139Madagascar125,53022
140Burkina Faso56,49021
141Cape Verde85021
142Bermuda1020
143Botswana113,51020
144Australia1,493,00019
145Barbados8019
146Republic of Cyprus1,73019
147Rwanda4,35018
148Mauritius35017
149Ukraine97,05017
150Eritrea15,32015
151Kiribati12015
152Turkey113,34015
153Uganda29,88015
154El Salvador2,87014
155Denmark5,44013
156Lebanon1,37013
157Saint Pierre and Miquelon3013
158Tonga9013
159Norfolk Island012
160Moldova3,86012
161United Kingdom28,81012
162Argentina294,00011
163Azerbaijan9,36011
164Bangladesh14,42011
165Ethiopia122,96011
166Republic of Ireland7,39011
167Morocco51,31011
168Netherlands3,65011
169Somalia67,47011
170Mali124,90010
171Nigeria90,41010
172Uruguay17,44010
173Armenia2,6209
174Chad115,2509
175Namibia72,9009
176Turkmenistan41,2709
177South Africa92,4108
178Uzbekistan32,7608
179Burundi1,7207
180Iran110,7507
181Israel1,5407
182Mongolia108,9807
183Isle of Man306
184Kenya34,6706
185Saint Helena206
186Tunisia10,0606
187Jersey105
188Kyrgyzstan9,5405
189Togo2,8705
190Haiti1,0104
191United Arab Emirates3,1704
192Guernsey03
193Maldives103
194Singapore203
195Syria4,9103
196Tajikistan4,1003
197Western Sahara7,0703
198Afghanistan13,5002
199Aruba02
200Comoros302
201Iraq8,2502
202Occupied Palestinian Territory902
203Pakistan16,8702
204Algeria14,9201
205Bahrain101
206Jordan9801
207Kazakhstan33,0901
208Lesotho4401
209Malta01
210Netherlands Antilles101
211Niger12,0401
212Yemen5,4901
213Saudi Arabia9,7700
214Mauritania2,4200
215Libya2,1700
216Egypt7000
217Iceland3000
218Djibouti600
219Kuwait600
220Oman200
221Falkland Islands00
222Faeroe Islands00
223Gibraltar00
224Greenland00
226Monaco00
227Nauru00
228Qatar00
229San Marino00
230Tokelau00
225Vatican City00

[1]ENVIRONMENTAL INDICATORS: Forests” United Nations Statistics Division – Statistics compiled by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Last updated by the United Nations in December 2010, last retrieved by BlatantWorld.com on 21 January 2015.

Forest includes natural forests and forest plantations. It is used to refer to land with a tree canopy cover of more than 10 per cent and area of more than 0.5 ha. Forests are determined both by the presence of trees and the absence of other predominant land uses. The trees should be able to reach a minimum height of 5 m. Young stands that have not yet but are expected to reach a crown density of 10 percent and tree height of 5 m are included under forest, as are temporarily unstocked areas. The term includes forests used for purposes of production, protection, multiple-use or conservation (i.e. forest in national parks, nature reserves and other protected areas), as well as forests stands on agricultral lands (e.g. windbreaks and shelterbelts of trees with a width of more than 20 m), and rubberwood plantations and cork oak stands. The term specifically excludes stands of trees established primarily for agricultural production, for example fruit tree plantations. It also excludes trees planted in agroforestry systems.

Data Quality: Although there is an agreed and clear definition of forest, not all countries apply this definition. In many northern countries, areas with a crown cover of less than 20% are not considered as real forest land. ‘Temporarily unstocked areas’ refer to areas that have been designated as forest area, but not yet planted, or more often, areas where storm or fire has removed a large part of the forest cover. Unless aggressively restocked with trees, such areas can take a long time to re-establish forests naturally.

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