33% of Saxony is forest land (626,500 hectares), c. 1800

Today, the figure is 28.3%. There is only scant historical data for the period before 1800. What is certain is that deforestation increased dramatically due to rising demand for arable land and settlement areas, the prevalence of mining in Saxony in the 18th century, and industrialization. In 500 AD, forests still covered about 80% of Saxony’s territory.