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.

Forest Land Area Unit 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Angola '000 sq km 586 585 584 582 581
Australia '000 sq km 1,502 1,232 1,235 1,238 1,241
Bolivia '000 sq km 575 562 559 556 553
Brazil '000 sq km 5,217 4,985 4,975 4,965 4,955
Canada '000 sq km 3,101 3,473 3,473 3,472 3,472
China '000 sq km 2,041 2,006 2,022 2,037 2,052
Colombia '000 sq km 606 586 586 586 586
Dem. Republic of the Congo '000 sq km 1,544 1,541 1,538 1,535 1,532
India '000 sq km 683 698 700 701 703
Indonesia '000 sq km 951 944 937 931 924
Mexico '000 sq km 650 665 664 663 662
Peru '000 sq km 681 748 746 745 743
Russia '000 sq km 8,090 8,151 8,151 8,151 8,150
USA '000 sq km 3,036 3,087 3,090 3,093 3,095
Zambia '000 sq km 496 495 493 491 490