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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Stats Gate

Revealed: Most Forested Countries In The World

Suriname has been recognized as the most forested country in the world, according to the CEOWORLD magazine, while Federated States of Micronesia and Gabon placed second and third, respectively. In each of the world’s top 10 most forested countries, forests make up a huge percentage of the land area – from just 74% in Papua New Guinea to more than 98% in South America’s Suriname.

As of 2019, approximately 31% of the earth’s land is forest. But the world is rapidly losing trees. The CEOWORLD magazine analysis of World Bank data found that 21 nations have lost over 25% of their trees since 1990.

The table below shows the world according to forest area as a percentage of total land area, based on statistics published by the CEOWORLD magazine.

The rankings placed Seychelles in fourth ahead of Palau into fifth; while American Samoa ranked sixth, and Guyana seventh.

Overall, among the top 10 most forested countries in the world, the eighth, ninth, and tenth positions are held by Laos, Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea.

Most Forested Countries In The World

RankCountryForest area (% of land area)
1Suriname98.3
2Federated States of Micronesia91.9
3Gabon90
4Seychelles88.41
5Palau87.61
6American Samoa87.5
7Guyana83.95
8Lao PDR82.1
9Solomon Islands77.9
10Papua New Guinea74.1
11Finland73.11
12Bhutan72.28
13Brunei72.11
14Guinea-Bissau70.13
15St. Vincent and the Grenadines69.23
16Sweden68.92
17Japan68.46
18Malaysia67.55
19Dem. Rep. Congo67.3
20Zambia65.42
21Congo65.4
22Korea63.44
23Panama62.11
24Slovenia61.97
25Montenegro61.49
26Samoa60.42
27Belize59.9
28Brazil59.05
29Peru57.79
30Dominica57.77
31Puerto Rico55.91
32Equatorial Guinea55.9
33Sao Tome and Principe55.83
34Fiji55.68
35Costa Rica53.98
36Latvia53.97
37Cambodia53.57
38Venezuela52.93
39Cayman Islands52.92
40Colombia52.73
41Estonia52.65
42Tanzania52
43Bahamas51.45
44Bolivia50.55
45Ecuador50.52
46Indonesia50.24
47Grenada49.97
48Russia49.76
49Mozambique48.25
50The Gambia48.22
51Vietnam47.64
52Austria46.88
53Angola46.41
54Timor-Leste46.13
55New Caledonia45.9
56Trinidad and Tobago45.71
57Myanmar44.47
58Liberia43.39
59Liechtenstein43.13
60Senegal42.97
61Bosnia and Herzegovina42.68
62Belarus42.55
63St. Kitts and Nevis42.31
64Sierra Leone42.17
65South Korea41.78
66Dominican Republic41.05
67Honduras41.04
68Ghana41.03
69Georgia40.62
70Slovak Republic40.35
71Cameroon39.8
72Macedonia39.57
73Paraguay38.57
74New Zealand38.56
75Benin38.23
76Canada38.17
77Spain36.82
78Zimbabwe36.35
79Vanuatu36.1
80Central African Republic35.59
81Bulgaria35.22
82Lithuania34.8
83Portugal34.74
84Czech Republic34.54
85Croatia34.35
86Swaziland34.07
87Andorra34.04
88Mexico33.97
89United States33.9
90Luxembourg33.47
91Malawi33.38
92Tuvalu33.33
93St. Lucia33.28
94Norway33.16
95Guatemala33.03
96Sri Lanka33.01
97Germany32.73
98Côte d'Ivoire32.71
99Thailand32.1
100Switzerland31.73
101Italy31.61
102Greece31.45
103Serbia31.1
104France31.03
105Jamaica30.95
106Poland30.81
107Cuba30.76
108Romania29.82
109Albania28.16
110Philippines26.96
111Guinea25.9
112Nicaragua25.88
113Nepal25.36
114Chile23.85
115India23.77
116Singapore23.06
117Hungary22.85
118Belgium22.57
119Cabo Verde22.31
120Antigua and Barbuda22.27
121China22.19
122Madagascar21.44
123Comoros19.88
124Burkina Faso19.55
125Rwanda19.46
126Botswana19.13
127Mauritius19.01
128Cyprus18.69
129Ukraine16.67
130Australia16.24
131Turkey15.22
132Kiribati15
133Eritrea14.95
134Barbados14.65
135Denmark14.58
136Azerbaijan13.78
137Lebanon13.42
138United Kingdom13
139El Salvador12.79
140Morocco12.62
141Tonga12.5
142Ethiopia12.5
143Moldova12.44
144Armenia11.66
145Netherlands11.16
146Bangladesh10.98
147Ireland10.95
148Burundi10.75
149Uruguay10.54
150Uganda10.36
151Somalia10.14
152Argentina9.91
153Turkmenistan8.78
154Namibia8.4
155Sudan8.08
156Mongolia8.08
157Kenya7.75
158Nigeria7.68
159Israel7.62
160South Africa7.62
161Uzbekistan7.57
162Tunisia6.7
163Iran6.56
164Chad3.87
165Mali3.86
166United Arab Emirates3.86
167Haiti3.52
168Togo3.46
169Kyrgyz Republic3.32
170Tajikistan2.97
171Syrian Arab Republic2.67
172Afghanistan2.07
173Pakistan1.91
174Iraq1.9
175Lesotho1.61
176Kazakhstan1.23
177Jordan1.1
178Malta1.09
179Yemen1.04
180Niger0.9
181Algeria0.82
182Bahrain0.78
183Iceland0.49
184Saudi Arabia0.45
185Kuwait0.35
186Djibouti0.24
187Mauritania0.22
188Libya0.12
189Egypt0.07
190Oman0.01
191Greenland0
192Nauru0
193San Marino0
194Qatar0


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Ryan Miller
Senior associate editor at ​the CEOWORLD magazine. Raised in Boston with a Brooklyn accent.
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