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Countries with the Most Forest

Can you name the countries that have the greatest amount of forested area?
CCI_LC data via FAOStat. 2020 data.
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Last updated: June 21, 2023
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First submittedJuly 28, 2013
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km²
Country
9,371,865
Russia
4,394,651
Brazil
4,354,858
Canada
2,928,204
United States
1,883,998
China
1,865,411
D. R. Congo
1,179,300
Indonesia
823,100
Peru
767,979
Australia
751,690
Colombia
km²
Country
748,928
Angola
725,556
Mexico
581,311
Bolivia
512,795
Central African Republic
511,990
Venezuela
501,384
India
471,548
Zambia
454,478
Mozambique
395,064
Papua New Guinea
375,560
Tanzania
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Level 92
Sep 26, 2014
Surprised me that Australia was so high.
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Level 77
Sep 26, 2014
We've got a lot of bush.
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Level 77
Oct 9, 2014
A bush is not a tree. I was surprised too.
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Level 89
Oct 22, 2014
A forest does not specifically have to be trees. Any tall, dense, vegetation can qualify.
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Level 48
Oct 23, 2014
"The bush" is what we call the forest, sillie
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Level 43
Oct 23, 2014
Brazil lower...they have this thing called the Amazon Rainforest...you may look into that.
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Level 69
Oct 23, 2014
Oh irony...Pearls before swine.
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Level 82
Oct 24, 2014
jd doesn't get it.
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Level 74
Oct 7, 2016
I can't stop thinking about bush
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Level 69
Oct 11, 2016
Forest Engineer here: Depends on their definition of a forested area. Strictly speaking, a bush alone doesn't constitute a forest. It goes without saying that the definition of a forest is ambiguous at best.
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Level 71
Nov 8, 2016
Well that explains it very well ..........
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Level 82
Jun 4, 2017
I'm surprised by how much bush Brazil has. I thought they tried to get rid of it all.
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Level 77
Jan 17, 2018
Kalbahamut- someone who gets the joke. Down under we have a lot of bush.
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Level 45
Oct 19, 2018
they're in the middle of doing so, they've already destroyed massive amounts over most of brazil.
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Level 89
Oct 3, 2019
Not much bush with Brazilian.
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Level 82
Oct 23, 2020
qcumber - is that what happened? Bolsonaro heard about what a Brazilian was and he didn't get the joke, either? That's unfortunate. I bet it's decimated your indigenous crab population.
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Level 29
Oct 25, 2020
Yeah they normally shave it
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Level 25
Oct 23, 2014
I know Oz has a rain forest, not sure how big it is though, but imagine it must be pretty big for there to be a rain forest eco system
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Level 74
Oct 23, 2014
We have loads of rainforest, as well as alpine forests, dry sclerophyll forests, mangroves... Australia is vast, so even though a lot of the central mainland is desert, there are huge coastal forests. And Tasmania, of course.
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Level 66
Mar 11, 2016
I thought Papua New Guinea was higher....
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Level 85
Jun 10, 2016
Papua New Guinea is a small country, and this is by absolute area. If 100% of it was forest, then it would come 18th.
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Level 82
Jun 18, 2016
me too and I thought maybe Madagascar would make the cut, as well.
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Level 82
Aug 16, 2016
If we were talking by percentage of landmass, I'm sure they would, but PNG is not quite half a million square kilometres.
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Level 82
Aug 16, 2016
I now see Jerry928 has exactly that quiz and PNG indeed makes it, but not Madagascar.
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Level 76
Apr 25, 2018
Papua New Guinea is very mountainous, so it probably has a lot of land above the tree line
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Level 50
Jul 28, 2018
Not much of its land is above the tree line. It is mostly covered in forest, but being a relatively small country it doesn't come high on the list.
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Level 21
Oct 7, 2016
Australi has the Daintree Rainforest!
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Level 17
Mar 18, 2018
Yea I think Northeast Australia is where a lot of forest is. and dingos lol
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Level 34
Apr 6, 2018
yeah, it is mostly SAVANNA and DESERT, i dont hear 'forest' anywhere! ⁉️
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Level 76
Sep 29, 2014
You can also try to guess countries with the greatest percentage of forest cover here.
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Level 73
Oct 7, 2016
exactly what I was looking for, which should have more surprising results... let's do it
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Level 54
Oct 7, 2016
i already made that quiz 2 years ago lol
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Level 43
Oct 6, 2015
I just missed USA, lol
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Level 66
Mar 11, 2016
Is Kazakhstan the country with the least forrest compared to it's size?
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Level 20
Mar 24, 2016
or maybe the vatican?
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Level 82
Aug 16, 2016
I expect a country in North Africa or the Middle East would claim that distinction amongst large countries, but I don't know. Also Monaco and the Vatican City have zero forest, so its hard to beat that.
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Level 69
Jan 18, 2018
I figure if someone put out more than a couple potted plants at a time in a microstate like Monaco or the Vatican, it'd totally screw up this whole forested statistic ;-)
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Level 94
Mar 18, 2018
actually, even if it does not qualify to be a forest, quite a lot of vatican's area is occupied by plant/trees. They're called Vatican Gardens, just try and have a look on gmaps
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Level 82
Aug 16, 2016
Surprised to see Argentina so high up. I suppose like some of the other leaders it mainly makes it due to its immense size. From travelling pretty extensively there I can say you don't see a great deal of forest. It's either pampas, dry Andean highlands, desert or, in southern Patagonia, steppe and subpolar tundra. There are of course forests in the northeast (you see no shortage going to Iguazu) and nestled in amongst the lower slopes of the Andes, but I wouldn't have thought it would be quite that much. That number suggests around a third of the country's landmass is forested.
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Level 77
Jun 21, 2023
Now Argentina is totally off the list. Weird.
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Level 60
Jun 21, 2023
What's even more weird is that i had went to reply the exact same thing, but when i hit submit comment your comment @Dimby was already there
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Level ∞
Jun 21, 2023
The old data was probably less accurate than the new data.

You can see a viewer for our current data source here:

https://lcviewer.vito.be/2015

I think @Findlay is correct. Most of Argentina is cropland, scrubland, or barren.

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Level 26
Aug 25, 2016
Never thought of China (even though it's big) has that much forest. Just thought of the skyscrapers... thousands of them
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Level 78
Oct 7, 2016
They are building so many tree houses though that the vast natural skyscraper forests are cleared off the landscape.
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Level 67
Apr 14, 2022
Maybe in the South?
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Level 65
Sep 30, 2016
Based on the comments you've left and the quizzes you make, you seem like a salty Canadian who resents America.
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Level 85
Oct 6, 2016
You have the Canadian part right but since half my family is American and lives there, I hardly resent the place. As for salty......what exactly does it mean......
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Level 71
Oct 7, 2016
2. Definition of Salty:

(of language or humour) down-to-earth; coarse.

"her wild ways and salty language shocked the local gentry"

synonyms: lively, vigorous, spirited, colourful, sparkling;

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Level 56
Oct 7, 2016
"Salty" is internet slang for "sour", or less ambiguously "enraged".
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Level 82
Oct 7, 2016
He could also be referring to the fact that most Canadians have a large amount of saline in their bodies.
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Level 81
Oct 7, 2016
Probably all that "Canadian Bacon"
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Level 67
Oct 7, 2016
You've missed off Nottingham...
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Level 44
Oct 7, 2016
Should this be renamed "biggest countries of the world not in the middle east"?
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Level 60
Oct 11, 2016
Missed Peru because I thought I'd already typed it, damn.
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Level 66
Jun 6, 2017
I don't know what the source for this quiz was, but according to the UN FAO, Sudan has nearly 700,000 sq km of forest, which would put it in 12th place.
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Level 51
Nov 8, 2017
Really hoped that Canada would, just once, top a list on Jetpunk. Alas, not today. Annoyed by how many of these I guessed on the opposite quiz (least-forested countries). I wonder if this might be one of the few occasions where North Korea leads South, due to lack of urban development, but I expect they aren't very forthcoming with that information since they want people to think of them as technologically developed. Keep dreaming, North Korea.
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Level 62
Jan 11, 2018
Maple Syrup production? I'd posit Canada might be #1 in that.

It's hard to think of things that we Americans aren't the best at.

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Level 73
Jul 27, 2018
Modesty.
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Level 70
Nov 18, 2018
The USA tends to excel in areas where being bigger is an advantage. If you look at things where being bigger is a disadvantage, for example least murders, then the USA comes in at about 187th.
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Level 82
Jan 20, 2018
North Korea is among top 10 producers of hops, unlike the south.
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Level 34
Mar 18, 2018
LOVE THIS QUIZ <3
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Level 57
Apr 23, 2018
Great quiz! Forests are the lungs of our globe. Take a look how FAOSTAT ranks European nations, and check out my quiz: "MOST FOREST COVERED EUROPEAN COUNTRIES - BY % OF TOTAL AREAS;
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Level 42
Jun 5, 2018
I had been made the similar quiz:countries with largest forest cover
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Level 38
Feb 22, 2021
what is the definition of forest? is is like, pine trees and coniferous, and are you including jungle?
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Level 62
Jul 11, 2021
Oh dear, I tried Finland and Sweden (in vain) but forgot USA and Canada. Oops ... *goes get more coffee*
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Level 79
Jul 11, 2021
I always block out and forget about Papua New Guinea on these quizzes and I have no idea why!
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Level 29
Jul 13, 2021
Zambia is always so much bigger and populous than my mental image of it
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Level 36
Feb 20, 2024
Zambia is 3x bigger than the UK and it only has less than 1/3 of UK population.
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Level 82
Sep 8, 2021
how did I forget about the entirety of South America. The Amazon is in South America. How did I forget the Amazon
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Level 21
Jan 10, 2022
I Thought Australia Was Just A Desert Wasteland For Animals And Prisoners
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Level 55
May 11, 2022
...
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Level ∞
Apr 4, 2023
Pretty sure I remember that too from the documentary "Mad Max: Fury Road".
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Level 55
Aug 12, 2023
We've got a lot of forests here. Just one example is the Daintree Rainforest. A quick Google search and you'll see it's not all stereotypically desert like they advertise to silly tourists.
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Level 59
Feb 12, 2023
Um, that was a long time ago. Now, the east coast of Australia is full of lush forests. The west + central area of Australia is mostly desert. Australia is a large landmass.
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Level 67
Apr 11, 2023
How did I forget Canada
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Level 86
Jun 22, 2023
Should have used the force
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Level 67
Jun 21, 2023
I think when I took this the other day before it was updated I was surprised that DRC wasn't on it
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Level 60
Jun 21, 2023
I hoped that this quiz would have continent clues like the grasslands one
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Level 77
Jul 19, 2023
I got down to 3 left then i was like oh...duh...Finland, Sweden, and Norway. Yeah...none of those were right. I was a bit shocked.
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Level 55
Feb 19, 2024
a lot of these answers surprised me
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Level 49
Feb 26, 2024
How on gods earth did I get Papua New Guinea, but not China?