Varying forest abundance in the Länder
A little less than one third of the national area of Germany (32 %) is covered in forests.
Forests are particularly located in places where the climate, soil or terrain is less suitable for farming or settlement. Rheinland-Pfalz (42 %) and Hessen (42 %), followed by the Saarland (40 %), Baden-Württemberg (38 %), Bavaria (37 %), Brandenburg with Berlin (37 %) and Thüringen (34 %) have above-average areas of forests related to total area. By contrast, the remaining Länder have forested areas ranging from 29 % (Sachsen) to 11 % (Schleswig-Holstein).