Which Country Has the Largest Forest Area?

Forest Land Area ('000 sq km), 2015
Paper, Pulp & Forestry | February 22, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 173 countries in 2015, Russia ranked the highest in forest land area with 8,149 '000 sq km followed by Brazil and Canada. On the other end of the scale was Malta with 0.004 '000 sq km, Bahrain with 0.006 '000 sq km and Maldives with 0.010 '000 sq km.

Total forest land area reached 39,991 '000 sq km in 2015 in the World according to Faostat. This is 0.083 % less than in the previous year and -1.32 % less than 10 years ago.

Historically, total forest land area reached an all time high of 41,608 '000 sq km in 1990 and an all time low of 32,870 '000 sq km in 1991. The average annual growth amounted to -0.158 % since 1990.

The top ranked country, Russia, accounted for 20.4 % of forest land area in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 41.4 % share while the ten largest countries some 67.2 % in 2015.

Data for more countries are available at Forest Land Area indicator page.