These European countries have the best protected natural areas – nature – travel

In which European countries is the largest nature reserve protected as a percentage of nature reserves? SaveOnEnergy analyzed almost 80,000 nature reserves in Europe and calculated what percentage of the countries are protected as nature reserves. This shows that the smaller European countries do the best.

With an area of ​​2,585 square kilometers, Luxembourg is one of the smallest European countries, but has 134 nature reserves, including the Geopark Mullerthal and Naturparl Our, with a total area of ​​1,963 square kilometers. This means that 76 percent of Luxembourg consists of nature reserves. This makes the small country the best in all of Europe.

Slovenia is also doing well with nature reserves protected in 1891 such as the Triglav National Park, the Julian Alps and the Secovlje Salt Pans with a total area of ​​14,611 square kilometers. That corresponds to 72 percent of the area of ​​the country.

Small countries are also in third and fourth place. Malta has 250 nature reserves such as the Ghar Dalam Cave, Magluba, Molina and Ras ir-Raheb. Together they cover 65 percent of the island nation in the Mediterranean. Cyprus ends in fourth place with 57 nature reserves such as the Troodos Mountains, Akamas National Park and Avakas Gorge. This means that 56 percent of the land consists of protected nature. One of the top 5 is Liechtenstein, which consists of 45 percent nature reserves.

The worst performing countries in percentage terms are Serbia, which has only seven percent of the country protected as a nature reserve. Belgium with eight percent and Portugal with nine percent are not doing well either.

Absolute numbers

If you look at the number of nature reserves, the list looks very different, of course. Then the big European countries top the list. Germany ranks first with 17,654. Sweden follows with 15,254 nature reserves. In third, fourth and fifth place are Switzerland with 10,423 nature reserves, the United Kingdom with 9,032 and France with 3,812.

At the bottom are Bosnia and Herzegovina with only 40, Liechtenstein with 44, Montenegro with 54 and Cyprus with 57.