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National Parks by Country 2024

National parks are important around the world because they help preserve the natural world. This is especially important as humans develop more and more land for housing, infrastructure, or resource collection. National parks ensure that no matter how much development takes place, people can still explore the natural environment.

In the United States, there are 63 national parks among 423 national park sites maintained by the National Park System. These parks include some of the most well-known landmarks in the country. The Grand Canyon is a desert dream bringing in around 5 million tourists each year. Tourists can camp at designated campgrounds in the park, but the park also has hotels at the bottom of the canyon that can be reached by hiking or riding a donkey. Another famous national park in the US is Yosemite National Forrest, which is home to ancient Sequoias. These trees draw tourists from all over the world due to their beauty, incredible height, and impressive age.

Belize may only have 17 national parks, but it stands out to conservationists for another reason. Over a third of Belize's land is designated as national parks, making it the country with the highest percentage of protected land. Tourists can get up close and personal with the wildlife by camping in a tree house hotel. These unique accommodations set Belize's national parks apart and attract many visitors each year.

Japan has some of the most interesting landscapes and national parks. Sadly, China also has one national park with a depressing reputation. A significant number of people have chosen to hang themselves in Aokigahara National Forrest, resulting in it being known as the "Suicide Forest." Most tourists respect the dead and their families, but one YouTube personality went viral in 2018 for showing footage of a dead body when he visited. It sparked a worldwide conversation about the eerily beautiful park.

- All national parks included in the data set adhere to the definition of a natural park used by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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Country
Land Percentage
Total Area (km2)
Oldest Year
Afghanistan 11,5162009
Albania6.7%2,1071966
Algeria22.1%527,6621929
Argentina1.38%38,4521922
Australia4.36%335,0621879
Austria3%2,5211981
Azerbaijan 2003
Belarus1%2,2221939
Belgium2.1%6392001
Belize7.4%1,7011986
Bhutan20.8%8,008
Bolivia6%65,9101939
Bosnia and Herzegovina0.9%4731965
Botswana9.67%56,2581968
Brazil2.97%250,0001937
Bulgaria1.8%1,9301963
Burkina Faso 1954
Burundi3.6%1,0141934
Cambodia4.1%7,4231993
Canada3.78%377,0001885
Chad1.13%14,5401963
Chile19.3%146,0461926
China 2016
Colombia12.5%169,5451960
Comoros52.16%1,1662010
Costa Rica25.1%12,9131955
Croatia1.8%9941949
Curacao 1978
Czech Republic1.5%1,1901963
Denmark5.4%2,3222008
Dominica7.01%1071975
Dominican Republic 1956
Ecuador12.2%34,7331959
Egypt4.3%4,3531983
Estonia5.2%2,3701971
Eswatini1.74%3001967
Ethiopia 1959
Fiji 1987
Finland2.9%9,8921956
France9.5%60,7281963
Gabon10%26,7662002
Gambia1.5%1701978
Germany2.7%10,3951970
Ghana 1971
Greece3.6%6,9601938
Guatemala 1955
Guyana 1929
Haiti0.31%881983
Hungary5.2%4,8191972
Iceland12.1%12,4071928
India1.16%38,1361936
Indonesia8.43%160,5201980
Iran1.2%19,7571974
Ireland0.9%6501932
Israel30%6,4001964
Italy5%15,0001922
Ivory Coast 1953
Japan5.4%20,4821934
Kazakhstan0.7%18,8761985
Kenya 1946
Kyrgyzstan3.63%7,2471976
Latvia3.2%2,0651973
Lithuania2.4%1,5541974
Madagascar2.4%14,3271958
Malawi 1966
Malta0.69%32007
Mauritius3.5%7,1601994
Mexico0.73%14,3201917
Moldova1%3372013
Mongolia 1783
Montenegro7.9%1,0961952
Morocco 1942
Mozambique5.1%40,9701960
Myanmar1.5%10,3511982
Namibia13.2%10,8781907
Nepal23.39%34,4261973
Netherlands3%1,2511930
New Zealand10.8%28,8731887
Nicaragua17.3%25,3271979
Niger 1954
Nigeria3%20,1561979
North Macedonia3.8%9741948
Norway6.3%24,0601962
Pakistan6.63%132,9201972
Panama 1976
Paraguay14.9%60,6621948
Peru6.2%79,6651961
Philippines0.6%1,8201933
Poland1%3,1491932
Portugal0.8%7021971
Romania1.3%3,1581935
Russia0.82%141,2001983
Serbia2.19%1,9361960
Seychelles 1973
Sierra Leone 1986
Slovakia7.5%3,6901949
Slovenia4.1%8381961
South Africa3%37,0001926
South Korea6.7%6,7261967
Spain0.8%3,8451918
Sri Lanka 1938
Sweden1.6%7,1991909
Switzerland0.4%1701914
Taiwan8.6%3,1041984
Tajikistan18%26,0001992
Tanzania 99,3071951
Thailand11.96%61,4131961
Tonga 1992
Tunisia 1980
Turkey1%8,4811958
Uganda 1952
Ukraine1.2%7,0201980
United Kingdom8.2%19,9891951
United States2.19%210,0001872
Uruguay 1937
Venezuela21.76%199,4181937
Vietnam 1962
Zambia32%240,8361924
Zimbabwe 1926
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Which country has the most national parks in the world?

Australia has over 500 parks, making it the country with the most in the world.

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