The Russian Federation, Brazil and Canada had the largest areas of forest in 1990. The areas of these territories are in the top five largest and they also have population densities that are considerably below the world average.
The ten territories with the highest coverage of forests in 1990 were mainly found between the tropics of cancer and capricorn. The anomaly is Finland, with the tenth highest percentage forest cover in 1990, but located partially within the Arctic Circle.
Of the territories with the least percentage forest cover in 1990, the Tropic of Cancer passes through Oman, Egypt and Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.