The total organic area in the European Union (EU) was 12.6 million hectares in 2017, corresponding to 7% of the total utilised agricultural area. This represents an increase of 25% between 2012 and 2017.
Among the EU Member States, the countries with the largest shares of organic area were Austria (23.4 % of total utilised agricultural area), Estonia (19.6%) and Sweden (19.2%), followed by Italy (14.9%), Czechia (14.1%), Latvia (13.9%) and Finland (11.4%).
In the remaining EU countries, the share of organic area was below 10%, with the lowest proportions observed in Malta (0.4%), Ireland (1.7%), Romania (1.9%), Bulgaria (2.7%) and the United Kingdom (2.9%).
More statistics on organic area, including the area under conversion, organic production and the number of fully organic farms can be found in the Statistics Explained article Organic farming statistics.