Top 10 Countries with Highest Forest Area in the World

Every year in March, there is an international day for trees, but the rapid deforestation in the world can only symbolize the fact that people only care about this issue superficially. This dilettantism has allowed the trees to be mowed down all across the world because only shouting for the preservation of trees will only get us so far. And as I write this little nugget of self-rambling one can also say that this would also be chalked as the insignificant ranting of an author. For how can we influence what is going on in the Amazon rainforest when he is sitting in the far corners of another continent altogether? The answer is that no single percent ever could so it will be up to the leaders of the world and the countries to realize the importance of trees because without them, we might just surrender the future of our Earth.
In these devastating times for the forests, there are a few countries that have either continued to care for their green giants or have done nothing by design. Most of these countries have the good fortune of being within tropical lands or Islands that aren’t habited by the human population. Following are some of the most heavily forested countries in the world

Top 10 Countries with Highest Forest Area:

Top 10 Countries with Highest Forest Area

Down below is a list of countries which have the highest area of land covered by forest by square kilometer.:

Sr. NoCountry NameForest Area (Sq. Km.)
1Russian Federation 8,149,305.0
4United States3,024,500.0
6Congo 1,152,780.0

Russian Federation with highest forest area

Forests in various areas of the world

Russian Federation is on the top of the list in countries with the highest forest area in the world. The country has about 8,149,305 kilometers of the total area covered with forests. Forests play an important role in the environment of the country, and the countries with more forests have cleaner air and more chances of rainfall. So Russia enjoys the perks of having a large forest area. About half of the total land, i.e. 49.8% is covered with forests.

As compared to 1990, the forest area of Brazil has increased as it was 8,089,500 kilometers and according to the world bank statistics of the year 2015, the area is 8,149,305 kilometers.

Brazil With Large Area Covered With Forests:

Brazil is second on the list of countries with the highest area covered in forests as about 59% of the total area is covered with forests. But there is a downside, as the forest area of Brazil has decreased from the year 1990 to 2015. In 190, 65.4 percent area of Brazil was covered with forests, and in 2015, it has reduced to about 59 percent. The total forest area of Brazil is 4,935,380.0 square kilometers.

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5. American Samoa

According to the United Nations, American Samoa’s forests contain 2 million metric tons of carbon in the forest biomass. The American Samoa may officially be a territory of USA, but it also holds its own significant culture. The Island nation is shrouded in forests which have unfortunately declined steadily from 92% in 1990 to 87.7% in 2015.

top largest forests in the world

4. Seychelles

Seychelles is an Island nation in the Indian Ocean which is known for its ports and harbors more than anything. The small Island nation which is an archipelago of 115 Islands, has around 88.4% of the forested area which is surprising considering only 5% of this is a primary forest.

countries with largest forests

3. Gabon

Gabon is one of the few countries in Africa that are heavily forested. These countries are in the Central area of Africa and bit towards the south with Zambia, Congo and DR Congo also in the mix. Gabon, however, has 65% of the primary forest while the country has 89.3% forest area according to World Bank Data. Probably that is why the country has such a small population of 1.7 million.

top countries with largest trees in the world

2. Micronesia

A country of 600 Islands spread across the western Pacific Ocean is named the Federated States of Micronesia. The country has only four Islands that are habitable. As I explained earlier, that is the primary reason why the forested area of this country is so high, 91.8% because most of the country is still untouched by the human deforestation, that is also why the state registered no significant change in forest area since the 1990s.

top countries with largest forests in the world

Top 10 Countries with Highest Forest Area in the World

RankCountry%age of Forested Area
2Federated States of Micronesia91.8
5American Samoa87.7
8Lao DPR81.3
9Solomon Islands 78.1
10Papua New Guinea74.1

1. Suriname

Two countries are from the South America that are among the nations with the highest proportion of forest area. I know, most of you might be thinking about Argentina, Brazil or even Bolivia as the countries that contain the major portion of the Amazon rainforest. But there are two smaller nations in Suriname and Guyana that are nothing but glorified rainforests with borders. According to the World Bank Data, Suriname has around 98.3% of forest area while the small population of less than 550,000 resides in between small habitable areas for humans within these forests. In fact, the country has 94% of its area as a primary forest.

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