trees per person per country

Did you know that Canadians have more trees to enjoy per person than Russians, or that Brazilians have half as many trees per person than Australians? I hope you enjoy my interactive global map below which shows the number of trees per person per country, right around the world. But first, here are a few headlines.

Canada 8,953 trees per person

Russia 4,461 trees per person

Australia 3,266 trees per person

Brazil 1,494 trees per person

United States 716 trees per person

France 182 trees per person

United Kingdom 47 trees per person

Crowther, T.W. et al. (2015). Mapping tree density at a global scale. Nature, volume, 25, pp.201–205 (10 September 2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature14967

I’ve long been interested in a research paper published a few years ago in Nature, which estimated the total number of trees in the world to be 3,040,000,000,000 (3.04 trillion). What intrigued me more was how the researchers had then mapped the distribution of trees by country across the world, and then calculated the number of trees per capita. I provide a link to the paper below. Meanwhile, I thought it would be fun to create an interactive Google map using their data. So here it is – move your mouse over the map to reveal information:

Some small countries with outlying data have been excluded from the map to improve clarity.


Read More

Crowther, T.W. et al. (2015). Mapping tree density at a global scale. Naturevolume525, pp.201–205 (10 September 2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature14967

Since publishing this post I’ve calculated trees and woodlands per person within Britain. Read more

8 Comments


  1. According to this Spain has 245 trees per person. But what would the figure be if olive and almond trees were not included?

    1. Author

      Good question Graham! I think you’re right that cropped trees (exc plantations) were excluded from these figures by the original authors.

  2. WTF, When I scroll over India it shows “Tongad”. Please correct this, otherwise 1.3 billion Indians will be offended (and then drink an additional cup of tea to calm overselves down. Just Kidding.)

    1. Author

      That’s wierd Raju – thanks for letting me know. I’ll take a look . . .
      Gabriel

  3. What about tree quality? Comparing BC Canada wilderness (5 trees per sq. feet) with UK trees with history (such as King James II Mulberry)?

    1. Author

      Thanks. I checked and I think there was some sort of error in the Google link with my blog. Now fixed. Answer was 8.963 per person in Canada.

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