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Top 20 Most Forested Countries

Excluding very small countries (see that list below), which countries have the greatest percentage of forest cover?
Minimum qualification: 10,000 sq km of forest, about the size of Lebanon or Cyprus
Smaller countries with 60% cover or more: Micronesia, Seychelles, Tuvalu, Palau, Dominica
For the highest total forest area, try Countries with the Most Forest by hwes
Also try Top 20 Least Forested Countries
Last updated: October 08, 2016
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% forested
country
90
Suriname
85
Gabon
78
Mozambique
78
Solomon Islands
75
Sweden
73
North Korea
72
Belize
72
Finland
72
Laos
70
Guyana
% forested
country
67
Japan
66
Zimbabwe
66
Republic of Congo
65
Bhutan
64
South Korea
64
Burma
64
Papua New Guinea
61
Estonia
60
Honduras
60
Slovenia
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level 64
Aug 1, 2014
The only reason I didn't put in Slovenia, was because you have included that on the list of countries which are too small to qualify for this list! Extraordinarily beautiful country!
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level 71
Aug 1, 2014
Fixed. Have now made the area threshold 10,000 sq km.
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level 73
Oct 12, 2014
Thanks for the referral.
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level 75
Oct 23, 2014
This is much harder than the countries with the most forest quiz.. and.. having been to Korea it's almost impossible to believe that either North or South Korea has more forest coverage than places like Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Cameroon, etc- places that you think of as being totally covered by jungle. The Korean peninsula was completely denuded by the Japanese in WW2. Barely a matchstick or toothpick left behind. and taking a train across the entire country I don't recall seeing a single forest the whole time.. just a few clumps of trees here and there.

Slovenia, Japan, and Sweden are also pretty surprising.
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level 64
Mar 18, 2018
Haven't really been to Sweden then, eh?
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level 47
Jan 2, 2019
what skukka said. That was one of the few that wasnt just a random guess for me. It is the greenest country i have ever driven through. I can allways remember thinking wow it is green here !! (going denmark-sweden-norway you couldnt help but notice it ) as soon as I went over the border you could tell you were in a different country.
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level 50
Oct 23, 2014
I can't believe Japan and South Korea are in the list. For those who have been there, we know that it feels like there isn't any kind of forest gap between Tokyo and Hiroshima. I would assume the other islands are more forested. Where is the source? Thanks.
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level 71
Oct 24, 2014
I was surprised too! The source is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_forest_area.
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level 75
Jan 9, 2015
Having lived for years in Japan, I have to say I don't agree with your feelings icazares. For example, Mt. Takao is only 30 minutes from Tokyo by train, and it is a UN protected biosphere with beautiful hiking and wilderness. Outside of the metro areas, there many gorgeous forests in addition to agricultural areas. But then if you go to other islands like Hokkaido of course it gets much more sparsely populated.
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level 75
Jan 9, 2015
Great quiz Jerry928! Very surprising and I learned a lot.
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level 24
Feb 28, 2015
For me most surprising was zimbabwe, knew there were forests on coast, but thought inland to be mostly savanna.
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level 55
Jul 20, 2017
wow. i got absolutely slaughtered on this quiz. 4/20. way harder than i thought it would be. of course most of the answers are tiny little countries, so...
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level 47
Jan 2, 2019
This one is much easier than the least forested one, I did much better on this one. I got 11/20 here, I believe I only got like 3 on the other one haha.