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Least Forested European Countries

Which European countries have the lowest percentage of their total area covered by trees?
According to CCI_LC data via FAOStat. 2020 data.
No data exists for the Vatican
Monaco is reported at 26% which consists of trees inside parks and gardens
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Last updated: June 23, 2023
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First submittedFebruary 10, 2019
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Country
0.361
Iceland
5.22
Malta
6.43
Ireland
8.03
San Marino
8.68
Moldova
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Country
9.23
Netherlands
9.39
United Kingdom
11.8
Denmark
15.5
Ukraine
18.5
Hungary
50 Comments
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Level 48
Feb 10, 2019
what about Vatican City
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Level 48
Feb 10, 2019
ok i just read it
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Level 71
Sep 15, 2019
why does this comment have 28 likes xd
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Level 45
Nov 17, 2019
description
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Level 49
Jun 8, 2022
why does it now have 105 likes
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Level 78
Jun 24, 2023
121 now
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Level 63
Sep 22, 2023
131
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Level 73
Sep 22, 2023
146, including my own. I guess it's a snowball effect.
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Level 69
Feb 11, 2019
But *why* leave them out?
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Level 59
Sep 16, 2020
Because the Vatican is just buildings inside Rome. A little too obvious.
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Level 68
May 29, 2021
There are a few trees in the gardens. If like 5 or 6 of them stand a little too close together, that might already be 10% of the country that's forested right there!
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Level ∞
Jun 23, 2023
That's pretty much what they did for Monaco.
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Level 33
Feb 11, 2019
I only got Hungary...
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Level 73
Feb 13, 2019
You should try Turkey - it could help.
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Level 71
Jun 13, 2019
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Level 77
Jun 23, 2023
Nah, a little too Greece-y
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Level 89
Jun 23, 2023
"Austria was Hungary so it had a piece of Turkey."

Another variant had "dipped in Greece" tagged on.

- popular kid's joke around the Balkan Wars era of 1911-13, just before World War One.

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Level 52
Sep 22, 2023
Pas sûr qu'ils parlaient anglais dans ce coin là à l'époque! 😅
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Level 76
Mar 22, 2019
Ukraine is a bit of a surprise. I mean, I was there and saw no forests, but still with the size of the country and all...
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Level 85
May 13, 2019
Agree, I discounted it based on its size.
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Level 57
Jun 13, 2019
It has long been a country of plains but indeed...
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Level 63
May 3, 2022
hmm....
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Level 67
Apr 2, 2019
Took this once and did horribly after guessing plenty of desert nations. Then saw the answers, and thought "huh I guess most of these countries are in Europe for some reason." Then I checked the title of the quiz. WOMP WOMP
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Level 82
Jun 13, 2019
Got a few obvious ones and then just started guessing randomly... plenty of time to name every country in Europe.
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Level 75
Jun 13, 2019
Yes, but that didn't help people like me who completely forgot Moldova, and thought I'd already typed Denmark. I had time left but just couldn't figure out which ones I was missing.
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Level 70
Jun 24, 2023
Think countries with relatively few steep mountains, where most the of the area is prone to agriculture.
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Level 73
Sep 22, 2023
That's a very good hint, actually. Definitely better than my system of "name every country that doesn't look that green on a satellite map". I didn't realize that green =/= trees until really late. You could imagine my shock at seeing 6% for Ireland, the Emereld Isle.
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Level 63
Jun 13, 2019
Where's Cyprus?Lol pretty much one the driest and hottest countries in Europe,if not the hottest
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Level 75
Jun 13, 2019
In Asia.
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Level 66
Sep 22, 2023
europe*
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Level 75
Jun 13, 2019
I was expecting this one. Thank you for not disappointing me.
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Level 65
Nov 9, 2020
Yes. Every single quiz that has ANYTHING to do with Europe or Asia just HAPPENS to get a Cyprus argument in it. lol
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Level 78
May 25, 2021
JetPunk somehow considers the country to be in Asia.
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Level 58
May 25, 2021
Always Cyprus... what about Malta? Shouldn't it be African?
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Level 66
Sep 22, 2023
Nobody, and I mean NOBODY considers Malta to be in Africa.
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Level 45
Jun 13, 2019
Sad to see that our once 'green & pleasant land' now only has 13% of forest.
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Level 78
Jun 13, 2019
Not including lush and rolling green countryside though.
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Level 83
Jun 24, 2023
We have plenty of hedgerows and patchwork fields though I guess. But I would like to have more woodland.
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Level 68
Jul 8, 2023
Which country are you refering to?
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Level 66
Sep 22, 2023
I think UK idk
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Level 57
Jun 14, 2019
Another great quiz from Quizmaster! Like it! At the same time this is a perfect mirror-quiz from my: "Most forested European countries". Check it out, if U haven't yet:))
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Level 71
Jan 19, 2020
Got Iceland with only 6 seconds left
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Level 65
Nov 9, 2020
I literally typed every European nation EXCEPT malta. WHY CRUEL WORLD, WHY???
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Level 49
Dec 6, 2020
is greenland counted to denmark? bc that would change the percentages i think
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Level 73
May 25, 2021
I don't think Greenland is counted since there's only one very small forest there, and Greenland makes up 98% makes up the area of the Kingdom of Denmark. Denmark proper has been heavily deforested over the past several centuries so that's probably why it's so low here.
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Level 73
May 25, 2021
I'm going to be honest Iceland is higher than I expected. I would have thought guessed maybe 0.1% thinking it's all tundra up there
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Level 66
Sep 22, 2023
Some evergreen forests I think.
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Level 72
May 25, 2021
There is a famous Irish lyric known as The Lament for Kilcash that begins:

Cad a dhéanfaimid feasta gan adhmaid?

Tá deireadh na gcoilte ar lár.

(What will we do in the future without wood?

The end of the forests is come.)

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Level 86
Jun 23, 2023
Definitely harder than the Asian version. The strategy of "name desert countries" is obviously not helpful here. However, as others have mentioned, there is enough time for an experienced Jetpunker to name literally every country in Europe, so I just did that.
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Level 73
Sep 22, 2023
I think the data for the Vatican would exist pretty easily if someone wanted to count the trees. Although I wonder what percent of the Vatican is "painted trees in frescos" and if that can count toward the total