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SaveOnEnergy.com/uk can reveal that Luxembourg is the European country with the highest percentage of protected land at 75.9%.

Over the past year, people around the world have had more time to explore nature and be outdoors, but which country does the best job at protecting their natural sites? 

SaveOnEnergy.com/uk analysed almost 80,000 nationally protected terrestrial areas in Europe, calculating the percentage of protected space per country, to discover who makes the biggest attempt to preserve their natural terrene. 

The countries with the largest percent of protected nature:

Country 

Total National Designated Protected Area (km) 

Number of Designated Protected Areas 

% of National Land Protected

#1 

Luxembourg 

1,963 

134 

75.9% 

#2 

Slovenia 

14,611 

1,891 

72.1% 

#3 

Malta 

206 

250 

65.1% 

#4 

Cyprus 

5,141 

57 

55.6% 

#5 

Liechtenstein 

73 

44 

45.5% 

#6 

Netherlands 

18,368 

182 

44.2% 

#7 

United Kingdom 

88,135 

9,032 

36.3% 

#8 

Austria 

27,821 

1,222 

33.2% 

#9 

Poland 

102,841 

2,043 

32.9% 

#10 

Germany 

111,356 

17,654 

31.2% 

SaveOnEnergy.com/uk can reveal that Luxembourg is the European country with the highest percentage of protected land at 75.9%. Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in Europe (2,586 km2), and is home to just 134 designated areas, but with these areas covering 1,963 km2 they take first place.

In second place is Slovenia, with 72.1% of their country’s nature being protected, the country has a whopping 1,891 designated areas. 

Malta has the third-highest percentage of protected terrestrial land in Europe. Covering 65.1% of their land, there are 250 sites for locals to enjoy such as Għar Dalam cave, Maqluba and Mdina.

Cyprus comes fourth with 57 designated areas and 55.6% of land protected, followed by Liechtenstein with 44 designated areas and 45.5% of the country protected by legislation. 

The countries with the smallest percent of protected nature:

Country 

Total National Designated Protected Area (km) 

Number of Designated Protected Areas 

% of National Land Protected

#1 

Bosnia and Herzegovina 

1,922 

40 

3.8% 

#2 

Romania 

13,980 

943 

5.9% 

#3 

Serbia 

6,490 

377 

7.3% 

#4 

Belgium 

2,596 

1,494 

8.5% 

#4

Portugal 

7,855 

170 

8.5% 

#6 

North Macedonia 

2,297 

74 

8.9% 

#7 

Hungary 

8,485 

311 

9.1% 

#8 

Italy 

31,485 

836 

10.4% 

#9 

Sweden 

50,813 

15,254 

11.3% 

#10 

Latvia 

7,690 

671 

11.9% 

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