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Estonia Near Top in Percentage of Forested Land

04.10.2010

Forest in EstoniaA freshly released Eurostat report on land use ranks Estonia among the most heavily forested countries in Europe.

A total of 55 percent of Estonia's land area is forested, behind only Finland and Sweden, which have extensive swathes of boreal forest, and mountainous Slovenia, according to the report published October 4. The EU average is 39 percent.

Estonia is only one of five countries in which a majority of the land is forested. Latvia is fifth with 52 percent.

The report, the first of its kind published by Eurostat, also shows that Estonia is notable for its low amount of cropland (only 12 percent). It is tied for third with the Netherlands in amount of wetland.

Estonia's forest area has grown since the end of World War II, flirting with the 50 percent threshold for the past ten years. At the same time, environmentalists have often warned that the quality of forested land has dropped somewhat in favor of brushy and younger birch and aspen-clad woodland.

Estonian Public Broadcasting

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