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Forest Area by Country 2024

Forests are one of the world's core ecosystems, home to countless species of plants and animals in their varying forms. Outside of Antarctica, they're present on every continent in the world, sometimes making up vast expanses of territory. In other cases, countries have little, if any, forested land.

Unsurprisingly, Russia is home to the most forested land as part of its overall status as the world's largest nation. More than 8.1 million square kilometers of forest cover just under half of the country. Brazil takes the second spot, far behind at a still substantial roughly 5 million square kilometers. However, this covers more than 59% of the country's land area, the largest percentage among the top 10 forested nations. Canada (3,469,281 square kilometers), the United States (3,097,950 square kilometers), and China (2,199,782 square kilometers) round out the top five. There's no geographic trend among the top 10, with countries from Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and the Australia/Pacific region.

It's worth noting six countries see 90% or more of their territory covered by forest. Gabon is the largest of these, with 235,306 square kilometers of forest covering 91.3% of the nation. Suriname has the highest percentage, with 97.4% of its territory covered by 151,963 square kilometers of forest. The most forest-covered countries are overwhelmingly in the Pacific Island region or Africa.

Four countries have no forest area whatsoever. These are Qatar, Monaco, Gibraltar, and Nauru. Qatar is primarily desert, while Nauru is a small, rocky island. Monaco and Gibraltar are highly urbanized.

Among nations with forests, the tiny nations of Curacao and the Faroe Islands each have just one square kilometer. The far larger Greenland is close behind, with only two square kilometers. Nine of the ten least-forested countries are islands, with the tiny enclave of San Marino (10 square kilometers covering 16.7% of its area) as the sole exception.

Notes:
- Total forest area values have been rounded to the nearest square kilometer.

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Country
Total Forest Area (km²)
Forest Cover
Russia8,153,11649.8%
Brazil4,966,19659.4%
Canada3,469,28138.7%
United States3,097,95033.9%
China2,199,78223.4%
Australia1,340,05117.4%
DR Congo1,261,55255.6%
Indonesia921,33249.1%
Peru723,30456.5%
India721,60024.3%
Angola666,07453.4%
Mexico656,92133.8%
Colombia591,41953.3%
Bolivia508,33846.9%
Venezuela462,30952.4%
Tanzania457,45051.6%
Zambia448,14060.3%
Mozambique367,43846.7%
Papua New Guinea358,55879.2%
Argentina285,73010.4%
Myanmar285,43943.7%
Sweden279,80068.7%
Japan249,35068.4%
Gabon235,30691.3%
Finland224,09073.7%
Central African Republic223,03035.8%
Turkey222,20428.9%
Republic of the Congo219,46064.3%
Nigeria216,27023.7%
Cameroon203,40543%
Thailand198,73038.9%
Malaysia191,14058.2%
Spain185,72237.2%
Guyana184,15393.6%
Sudan183,5969.8%
Chile182,10724.5%
Zimbabwe174,44645.1%
France172,53031.5%
Ethiopia170,68515.1%
South Africa170,50114.1%
Laos165,95571.9%
Paraguay161,02340.5%
Botswana152,54726.9%
Suriname151,96397.4%
Vietnam146,43146.7%
Mongolia141,7289.1%
Mali132,96010.9%
Ecuador124,97850.3%
Madagascar124,29821.4%
Norway121,80033.4%
Germany114,19032.7%
Iran107,5196.6%
New Zealand98,92637.6%
Ukraine96,90016.7%
Italy95,66132.3%
Poland94,83031%
Belarus87,67643.2%
Cambodia80,68445.7%
Senegal80,68241.9%
Ghana79,85735.1%
Liberia76,17479.1%
Philippines71,88624.1%
South Sudan71,57011.3%
Romania69,29130.1%
Namibia66,3898.1%
Honduras63,59356.8%
South Korea62,87064.4%
Burkina Faso62,16422.7%
Guinea61,89025.2%
North Korea60,30150.1%
Somalia59,8009.5%
Nepal59,62041.6%
Morocco57,42512.9%
Chad43,1303.4%
Panama42,13856.8%
Turkmenistan41,2708.8%
Greece39,01830.3%
Austria38,99247.3%
Bulgaria38,93035.9%
Pakistan37,2594.8%
Uzbekistan36,8978.4%
Kenya36,1116.3%
Guatemala35,27832.9%
Kazakhstan34,5471.3%
Latvia34,10854.8%
Nicaragua34,07528.3%
Portugal33,12036.2%
Cuba32,42031.2%
United Kingdom31,90013.2%
Benin31,35227.8%
Costa Rica30,34959.4%
Ivory Coast28,3678.9%
Georgia28,22440.6%
Bhutan27,25171.4%
Serbia27,22731.1%
Czech Republic26,77134.7%
Sierra Leone25,34935.1%
Solomon Islands25,23090.1%
Equatorial Guinea24,48487.3%
Estonia24,38457%
Uganda23,37911.7%
Malawi22,41723.8%
Lithuania22,01035.1%
Bosnia and Herzegovina21,87942.7%
Dominican Republic21,44144.4%
Sri Lanka21,13034.2%
Hungary20,53022.5%
Uruguay20,31011.6%
Guinea Bissau19,80070.4%
Algeria19,4900.8%
Croatia19,39134.7%
Slovakia19,25940.1%
Bangladesh18,83414.5%
Kyrgyzstan13,1546.9%
Belize12,77156%
Switzerland12,69132.1%
Slovenia12,37861.5%
Togo12,09322.2%
Afghanistan12,0841.9%
Fiji11,40062.4%
Azerbaijan11,31813.7%
Niger10,7970.9%
Eritrea10,5538.7%
North Macedonia10,01539.7%
Saudi Arabia9,7700.5%
New Caledonia8,38045.8%
Montenegro8,27061.5%
Iraq8,2501.9%
Albania7,88928.8%
Ireland7,82011.4%
Tunisia7,0274.5%
Belgium6,89322.8%
Denmark6,28415.7%
Jamaica5,96955.1%
El Salvador5,83928.2%
Yemen5,4901%
Syria5,2212.8%
Bahamas5,09950.9%
Eswatini4,97628.9%
Puerto Rico4,96356%
Vanuatu4,42336.3%
Tajikistan4,2383.1%
Moldova3,86511.8%
Brunei3,80072.1%
Netherlands3,69511%
Haiti3,47312.6%
Armenia3,28511.5%
United Arab Emirates3,1734.5%
Mauritania3,1280.3%
Burundi2,79610.9%
Rwanda2,76011.2%
Gambia2,42724%
Trinidad and Tobago2,28244.5%
Libya2,1700.1%
Cyprus1,72518.7%
Samoa1,61758.2%
French Polynesia1,49543.1%
Lebanon1,43314%
Israel1,4006.5%
Jordan9751.1%
Luxembourg88734.5%
Micronesia64492%
Sao Tome and Principe51954.1%
Iceland5140.5%
Dominica47963.8%
Cape Verde45711.3%
Egypt450
Palau41490%
Mauritius38819.1%
Lesotho3451.1%
Seychelles33773.3%
Comoros32917.7%
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines28573.2%
Guam28051.9%
Northern Mariana Islands24453%
Saint Lucia20834%
United States Virgin Islands19956.9%
Grenada17752.1%
American Samoa17185.7%
Andorra16034%
Singapore15621.7%
Cayman Islands12753%
Saint Kitts and Nevis11042.3%
Turks and Caicos Islands10511.1%
Palestine1011.7%
Marshall Islands9452.2%
Tonga9012.4%
Antigua and Barbuda8118.5%
Liechtenstein6741.9%
Kuwait630.4%
Barbados6314.7%
Djibouti580.3%
British Virgin Islands3624.1%
Isle of Man356.1%
Oman25
Kiribati121.5%
Saint Martin1224.8%
Bermuda1018.5%
San Marino1016.7%
Tuvalu1033.3%
Maldives82.7%
Bahrain70.9%
Malta51.4%
Aruba42.3%
Sint Maarten410.9%
Greenland2
Curacao10.2%
Faroe Islands10.1%
Qatar
Monaco
Gibraltar
Nauru
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What country has the most forest area?

Russia has the largest forest area worldwide - 815 million hectares.

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