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List of cities in the European Union by population within city limits

Below is a list of the largest cities in the European Union according to the population within their city limits.[Note 1] The cities listed all have populations over 300,000 and total to about 120 (2019). The list deals exclusively with the areas within city administrative boundaries as opposed to urban areas or larger urban zones (metropolitan areas), which are generally larger in terms of population than the main city.

As some cities have very narrow city limits and others very wide, the list may not give an accurate view of the comparative magnitude of different places, and the figures in the list should be treated with caution. Paris is the most populous urban area in the European Union, but the strict definition of the administrative limits of the City of Paris results in a far lower population shown in the table.

Cities by population within city limitsEdit

Cities in bold are capital cities of their respective countries; Brussels is the capital of both Belgium and de facto the European Union.

City Member State Official
population
Date of census Reference Photography
London   United Kingdom 9,126,366 31 January 2019 [1]  
Berlin   Germany 3,748,148 31 December 2018 [2]  
Madrid   Spain 3,223,334 31 January 2018 [3]  
Rome   Italy 2,857,046 31 October 2018 [4]  
Paris   France 2,140,526 1 January 2019 [5][6]  
Bucharest   Romania 2,106,144 31 December 2016 [7]  
Vienna   Austria 1,898,000 1 January 2019 [8]  
Hamburg   Germany 1,834,823 1 July 2018 [9]  
Warsaw   Poland 1,777,972 31 December 2018 [10]  
Budapest   Hungary 1,749,734 1 January 2018 [11]  
Barcelona   Spain 1,620,343 31 January 2018 [3]  
Munich   Germany 1,456,039 31 December 2017 [12]  
Milan   Italy 1,395,274 31 December 2018 [4]  
Prague   Czech Republic 1,308,632 1 January 2019 [13]  
Sofia   Bulgaria 1,302,297 15 March 2019 [14]  
Brussels[Note 2][dubious ]   Belgium 1,198,726 1 January 2018 [15]  
Dublin   Ireland 1,173,149 24 April 2016 [16]  
Birmingham   United Kingdom 1,137,100 30 June 2017 [1]  
Cologne   Germany 1,080,394 31 December 2017 [17][18]  
Naples   Italy 970,185 31 December 2016 [4]  
Stockholm   Sweden 962,154 31 December 2018 [19]  
Turin   Italy 882,523 1 January 2018 [4]  
Amsterdam   Netherlands 864,217 31 January 2019 [20]  
Marseille   France 862,211 1 January 2016 [5][21]  
Zagreb   Croatia 803,647 31 December 2016 [22]  
Valencia   Spain 791,413 31 January 2018 [3]  
Leeds   United Kingdom 784,800 30 June 2017 [1]  
Copenhagen   Denmark 777,218 30 July 2018 [23]  
Kraków   Poland 771,069 31 December 2018 [24]  
Frankfurt   Germany 746,878 31 December 2017 [25]  
Seville   Spain 689,434 1 January 2017 [3]  
Łódź   Poland 685,285 31 December 2018 [24]  
Zaragoza   Spain 666,880 31 January 2018 [3]  
Palermo   Italy 664,182 31 October 2018 [4]  
Athens   Greece 664,046 31 January 2012 [26]  
Helsinki   Finland 648,650 31 August 2018 [27]  
Rotterdam   Netherlands 645,965 31 January 2019 [20]  
Wrocław   Poland 640,648 31 December 2018 [24]  
Riga   Latvia 632,614 1 January 2019 [28]  
Stuttgart   Germany 628,032 31 December 2016 [29]  
Glasgow   United Kingdom 615,070 30 June 2017 [1]  
Düsseldorf   Germany 613,230 31 December 2016 [17][30]  
Dortmund   Germany 585,813 31 December 2016 [17][31]  
Genoa   Italy 580,097 31 December 2018 [32]  
Essen   Germany 583,393 31 December 2017 [17][30]  
Leipzig   Germany 581,980 31 December 2017 [33]  
Sheffield   United Kingdom 577,800 30 June 2017 [1]  
Gothenburg   Sweden 571,868 31 December 2018 [19]  
Málaga   Spain 571,026 13 January 2018 [3]  
Bremen   Germany 568,006 31 December 2017 [34]  
Dresden   Germany 551,072 31 December 2017 [33]  
Vilnius   Lithuania 549,389 1 July 2018 [35]  
Manchester   United Kingdom 545,500 30 June 2017 [1]  
The Hague   Netherlands 538,057 31 January 2019 [20]  
Poznań   Poland 536,438 31 December 2018 [24]  
Hanover   Germany 535,061 31 December 2017 [36]  
Bradford   United Kingdom 529,879 30 June 2017 [1]  
Antwerp   Belgium 520,504 1 January 2017 [37]  
Nuremberg   Germany 515,201 31 December 2017 [12]  
Lyon   France 513,275 31 January 2016 [5][38]  
Lisbon   Portugal 505,526 31 December 2017 [39]  
Duisburg   Germany 498,110 31 December 2017 [17][30]  
Liverpool   United Kingdom 491,500 30 June 2017 [1]  
Edinburgh   United Kingdom 488,100 30 June 2016 [1]  
Toulouse   France 479,638 1 January 2015 [5][40]  
Gdańsk   Poland 466,631 31 December 2018 [24]  
Bristol   United Kingdom 454,213 30 June 2017 [1]  
Murcia   Spain 447,182 31 January 2018 [3]  
Tallinn   Estonia 441,101 1 April 2019 [41]  
Bratislava   Slovak Republic 429,564 31 December 2017 [42]  
Palma de Mallorca   Spain 409,661 1 January 2018 [3]  
Szczecin   Poland 403,274 30 June 2018 [24]  
Bologna   Italy 390,294 31 August 2018 [4]  
Florence   Italy 381,030 30 September 2018 [4]  
Brno   Czech Republic 380,681 1 January 2019 [13]  
Las Palmas   Spain 378,517 1 January 2018 [3]  
Iași   Romania 371,889 30 June 2018 [43]  
Plovdiv   Bulgaria 368,983 15 March 2015 [44]  
Bochum   Germany 365,529 31 December 2017 [17][31]  
Cardiff   United Kingdom 362,800 30 June 2017 [1]  
Coventry   United Kingdom 360,100 30 June 2017 [1]  
Wuppertal   Germany 353,590 31 December 2017 [17][30]  
Utrecht   Netherlands 352,936 31 January 2019 [20]  
Bydgoszcz   Poland 352,313 1 December 2017 [24]  
Bilbao   Spain 345,821 1 January 2018 [3]  
Nice   France 342,637 1 January 2016 [5][45]  
Malmö   Sweden 341,856 30 June 2019 [19]  
Lublin   Poland 340,466 31 December 2016 [24]  
Wakefield   United Kingdom 340,800 30 June 2017 [1]  
Belfast   United Kingdom 340,200 30 June 2017 [1]  
Varna   Bulgaria 335,748 31 December 2017 [44]  
Timișoara   Romania 332,983 1 January 2016 [43]  
Bielefeld   Germany 332,552 31 December 2017 [17][46]  
Leicester   United Kingdom 331,606 31 January 2012 [1]  
Alicante   Spain 331,577 1 January 2018 [3]  
Córdoba   Spain 325,916 1 January 2017 [3]  
Bonn   Germany 325,490 31 December 2017 [17][18]  
Thessaloniki   Greece 325,182 30 June 2011 [26]  
Wigan   United Kingdom 323,060 30 June 2017 [1]  
Cluj-Napoca   Romania 321,687 1 January 2016 [43]  
Nottingham   United Kingdom 321,500 30 June 2015 [1]  
Bari   Italy 321,222 31 October 2018 [4]  
Constanța   Romania 317,832 1 January 2016 [43]  
Münster   Germany 313,559 31 December 2017 [17][47]  
Catania   Italy 312,505 30 May 2018 [4]  
Karlsruhe   Germany 311,919 31 December 2017 [29]  
Mannheim   Germany 307,997 31 December 2017 [29]  
Craiova   Romania 305,689 1 January 2016 [43]  
Galați   Romania 304,340 1 January 2016 [43]  

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Currently there are two significant exceptions: London lists the population of Greater London; Brussels lists the population of Brussels Capital Region
  2. ^ Refers to Brussels Capital Region.

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