Countries with the Most Forest

Can you name the countries that have the greatest amount of forested area?
2020 data according to FAOSTAT
Quiz by hwes
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Last updated: March 20, 2021
First submittedJuly 28, 2013
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km2
Country
8,150,000
Russia
4,970,000
Brazil
3,470,000
Canada
3,100,000
United States
2,200,000
China
1,340,000
Australia
1,260,000
D.R. Congo
km2
Country
921,000
Indonesia
723,000
Peru
722,000
India
666,000
Angola
657,000
Mexico
591,000
Colombia
508,000
Bolivia
km2
Country
462,000
Venezuela
457,000
Tanzania
448,000
Zambia
367,000
Mozambique
359,000
Papua New Guinea
286,000
Argentina
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Level 90
Sep 26, 2014
Surprised me that Australia was so high.
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Level 75
Sep 26, 2014
We've got a lot of bush.
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Level 81
Oct 9, 2014
A bush is not a tree. I was surprised too.
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Level 86
Oct 22, 2014
A forest does not specifically have to be trees. Any tall, dense, vegetation can qualify.
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Level 50
Oct 23, 2014
"The bush" is what we call the forest, sillie
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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 73
Oct 23, 2014
Oh irony...Pearls before swine.
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Level 83
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 70
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 83
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 75
Jan 17, 2018
Kalbahamut- someone who gets the joke. Down under we have a lot of bush.
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Level 47
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 87
Oct 3, 2019
Not much bush with Brazilian.
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Level 83
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 31
Oct 25, 2020
Yeah they normally shave it
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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 75
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 65
Mar 11, 2016
I thought Papua New Guinea was higher....
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Level 81
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 83
Jun 18, 2016
me too and I thought maybe Madagascar would make the cut, as well.
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Level 81
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 81
Aug 16, 2016
I now see Jerry928 has exactly that quiz and PNG indeed makes it, but not Madagascar.
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Level 75
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 18
Mar 18, 2018
Yea I think Northeast Australia is where a lot of forest is. and dingos lol
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Level 36
Apr 6, 2018
yeah, it is mostly SAVANNA and DESERT, i dont hear 'forest' anywhere! ⁉️
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Level 75
Sep 29, 2014
You can also try to guess countries with the greatest percentage of forest cover here.
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Level 70
Oct 7, 2016
exactly what I was looking for, which should have more surprising results... let's do it
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Level 53
Oct 7, 2016
i already made that quiz 2 years ago lol
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Level 53
Oct 23, 2014
Hey quizmaster! I already made a very similar quiz to this!
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Level 61
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 65
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 81
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 71
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 91
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 81
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 27
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 76
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 58
Apr 14, 2022
Maybe in the South?
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Level 63
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 82
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 59
Oct 7, 2016
"Salty" is internet slang for "sour", or less ambiguously "enraged".
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Level 83
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 77
Oct 7, 2016
Probably all that "Canadian Bacon"
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Level 66
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 61
Oct 11, 2016
Missed Peru because I thought I'd already typed it, damn.
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Level 62
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 54
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 63
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 70
Jul 27, 2018
Modesty.
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Level 66
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 73
Dec 11, 2020
Healthcare, education, crime, social and economical equality, workers' rights, incarcerations, separation of church and state, lobbyism, justice, etc., etc., etc. Oh, and that thing you constantly keep bragging about, democracy.
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Level 80
Jan 20, 2018
North Korea is among top 10 producers of hops, unlike the south.
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Level 73
Jan 14, 2018
Burma should work for Myanmar
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Level 83
Jan 15, 2018
I had the same problem
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Level 70
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 82
Jan 19, 2018
QM changed the quiz answers -- not sure why Burma isnt working.
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Level 73
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 73
Jul 13, 2021
Well, it seems it got bumped off the list. Problem solved!
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Level 70
Jan 16, 2018
typed in "Burma" and it didn't get accepted...
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Level 75
Jan 17, 2018
Same.
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Level 82
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 71
Mar 18, 2018
Please accept Burma
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Level 38
Mar 18, 2018
LOVE THIS QUIZ <3
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Level 60
Mar 18, 2018
Allow Burma for Myanmar please!!
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Level 87
Mar 18, 2018
Still no Burma. :-)
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Level 82
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 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 43
Jun 5, 2018
I had been made the similar quiz:countries with largest forest cover
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Level 39
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 58
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 70
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 28
Jul 13, 2021
Zambia is always so much bigger and populous than my mental image of it
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Level 73
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 49
May 11, 2022
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