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on the environment

Key facts

Land use - key fact 1

Land use - key fact 1

26 Nov 2010

Analysed land stock across the 36 European countries was 5.42 million km2. 1.3 % of this area (68 353 km2) changed land-cover type from 2000-2006.

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Land use - key fact 2

Land use - key fact 2

26 Nov 2010

The three largest land types in Europe are forests (35 %), arable land and permanent crops (25 %), and pastures and mixed mosaics (17 %). About 4 % of Europe is covered by artificial surfaces.

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Land use - key fact 3

Land use - key fact 3

26 Nov 2010

Land covered by artificial surfaces (e.g. for residential areas, industrial and commercial sites) increased by 6 258 km2 (3.4 %) from 2000-2006.

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Land use - key fact 4

Land use - key fact 4

26 Nov 2010

Forested land increased by 1 114 km2 from 2000-2006.

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Land use - key fact 5

Land use - key fact 5

26 Nov 2010

43 % of the total area occupied by Natura 2000 sites in the EU-27 countries is located in mountain areas.

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