What are the countries that produce the most paper in the world?
Paper and paper production have gone a long way from its early days as the ancient papyrus. Today, it is a billion dollar global industry that is both an economic boon for many nations and a threat to the environment.
In this list, we will take a look at the countries that produce the most paper in the world by the annual metric tonnage. This article and the figures presented here only show the aggregate tonnage of paper production per country without specifying the type of paper (i.e. printing paper, coated/uncoated paper, cardboard, etc) or the manner and source of the production.
One of the biggest challenges that came with writing this article was finding up-to-date, accurate, and credible figures for paper production by country. The figures we have used come from the 2013 global paper production data of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and presented in the paper by the World Watch Institute.
So, which countries are the leading providers of the world’s paper supply? Read on to know more! Don’t forget to check out our other article on the 8 countries that produce the most pistachios in the world!