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Countries with the Most Forest

Name the countries that have the greatest amount of forested area.
2015. Source: FAOSTAT
Last updated: November 03, 2018
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km2
Country
8,149,305
Russia
4,935,380
Brazil
3,470,690
Canada
3,100,950
United States
2,083,213
China
1,525,780
D.R. Congo
1,247,510
Australia
km2
Country
910,100
Indonesia
739,730
Peru
706,820
India
660,400
Mexico
585,017
Colombia
578,560
Angola
547,640
Bolivia
km2
Country
486,350
Zambia
466,830
Venezuela
460,600
Tanzania
379,400
Mozambique
335,590
Papua New Guinea
290,410
Myanmar
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level 80
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 79
Oct 9, 2014
A bush is not a tree. I was surprised too.
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level 78
Oct 22, 2014
A forest does not specifically have to be trees. Any tall, dense, vegetation can qualify.
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level 51
Oct 23, 2014
"The bush" is what we call the forest, sillie
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level 65
Oct 23, 2014
And Brazil to be a lot lower...
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level 44
Oct 23, 2014
Brazil lower...they have this thing called the Amazon Rainforest...you may look into that.
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level 71
Oct 23, 2014
Oh irony...Pearls before swine.
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level 74
Oct 24, 2014
jd doesn't get it.
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level 68
Oct 7, 2016
I can't stop thinking about bush
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level 55
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 66
Nov 8, 2016
Well that explains it very well ..........
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level 74
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 36
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 32
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 71
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 23
Mar 11, 2016
I thought Papua New Guinea was higher....
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level 73
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 74
Jun 18, 2016
me too and I thought maybe Madagascar would make the cut, as well.
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level 70
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 70
Aug 16, 2016
I now see Jerry928 has exactly that quiz and PNG indeed makes it, but not Madagascar.
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level 59
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 44
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 18
Mar 18, 2018
Yea I think Northeast Australia is where a lot of forest is. and dingos lol
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level 21
Apr 6, 2018
yeah, it is mostly SAVANNA and DESERT, i dont hear 'forest' anywhere! ⁉️
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level 71
Sep 29, 2014
You can also try to guess countries with the greatest percentage of forest cover here.
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level 64
Oct 7, 2016
exactly what I was looking for, which should have more surprising results... let's do it
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level 51
Oct 7, 2016
i already made that quiz 2 years ago lol
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level 22
Oct 23, 2014
I'm suprised that the U.S. is so low. Even Florida has a lot of forest
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level 43
Oct 23, 2014
How is 4th low? Canada and Russia are bigger than the US and are covered in forests, and Brazil has the Amazon and is a huge country. US is exactly where I would expect it to be.
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level 74
Oct 24, 2014
The northeastern United States used to be almost all forest, and the Pacific Northwest still has quite a bit, but the majorty of those old forests in the east have been clear cut to make way for farming and urban sprawl. The midwest is all flat unforested plains. And farther west you've got rocky mountains in the north and large deserts in the south. The only reason the US makes the list is because it's such a big country.
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level 67
Oct 7, 2016
Also, Alaska.
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level 74
Oct 7, 2016
Don't forget the Appalachians in the east and southeast, the forests of northern Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin, as well as the Ozarks which are pretty much all forest in southern MO and northern AR...oh, and the swamps of LA and the piney woods of east TX. When you add all the smaller groups together it makes for a lot of wooded areas in this big country.
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level 60
Mar 14, 2018
It's more than just the Appalachians in the South. Pretty much the entire region east of the Mississippi is forest, even the urban areas. If you've ever flown into Atlanta, look around as you're landing. The entire city is surrounded by woods.
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level 74
Jul 27, 2018
I guess you're right. Even around Washington and the megalopolis that extends all the way up to New York, there is greenery everywhere and lots of trees. But does that count as "forest?" (if all that greenery is bisected by highways and parking lots and so on.) Not sure.
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level 51
Oct 23, 2014
Hey quizmaster! I already made a very similar quiz to this!
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level 59
Nov 1, 2014
Yours is the same topic, so in that aspect it is similar; however it tests a different value--% of land is different than number of acres.
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level 44
Oct 6, 2015
I just missed USA, lol
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level 23
Mar 11, 2016
Is Kazakhstan the country with the least forrest compared to it's size?
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level 22
Mar 24, 2016
or maybe the vatican?
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level 70
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 70
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 70
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 28
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 68
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 59
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 72
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 66
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 60
Oct 7, 2016
"Salty" is internet slang for "sour", or less ambiguously "enraged".
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level 74
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 69
Oct 7, 2016
Probably all that "Canadian Bacon"
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level 65
Oct 7, 2016
Its a shame there's no stats for Sudan - I'm sure it would qualifiy with all that Saharan tropical rainforest!
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level 53
Oct 7, 2016
You've missed off Nottingham...
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level 54
Oct 7, 2016
Should this be renamed "biggest countries of the world not in the middle east"?
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level 17
Oct 7, 2016
I'm surprised that Australia is so high all we have is The bush
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level 70
Mar 12, 2017
Get out of the city and have a drive around - you'll see millions of acres of forest
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level 17
Oct 10, 2016
Guys we need to use common terminology, who is going to get bush.
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level 58
Oct 11, 2016
Missed Peru because I thought I'd already typed it, damn.
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level 47
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 52
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 67
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 56
Jul 27, 2018
Modesty.
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level 54
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 71
Jan 20, 2018
North Korea is among top 10 producers of hops, unlike the south.
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level 68
Jan 14, 2018
Burma should work for Myanmar
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level 75
Jan 15, 2018
I had the same problem
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level 67
Jan 15, 2018
Yeah, I just had the same issue. I understand if we are being correct and using its proper name but most quizes allow you to use both. The likes of "Holland" is normally acceptable for 'The Netherlands' so it does seem a bit harsh. Maybe QM just missed the type-in.
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level 72
Jan 19, 2018
QM changed the quiz answers -- not sure why Burma isnt working.
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level 71
Mar 18, 2018
Only one I missed. I never bother trying Myanmar when Burma doesn't work, because it's accepted on pretty much all other quizzes.
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level 61
Jan 16, 2018
typed in "Burma" and it didn't get accepted...
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level 77
Jan 17, 2018
Same.
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level 72
Jan 19, 2018
QM changed the quiz answers -- not sure why Burma is working.
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level 46
Mar 18, 2018
I typed Burma but didn't work
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level 63
Mar 18, 2018
Please accept Burma
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level 36
Mar 18, 2018
LOVE THIS QUIZ <3
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level 56
Mar 18, 2018
Allow Burma for Myanmar please!!
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level 75
Mar 18, 2018
Still no Burma. :-)
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level 72
Mar 18, 2018
Strange. I made this quiz in 2013 and Burma was default name for the country. Its since been updated by Quizmaster and somehow Burma is no longer accepted. I tried to add it as a type-in and it now awaits approval.
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level 55
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 33
Jun 5, 2018
I had been made the similar quiz:countries with largest forest cover