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The larger urban zone (LUZ), or Functional Urban Area (FUA), is a measure of the population and expanse of metropolitan areas in Europe.[1] It consists of a city and its commuting zone.[2]

The LUZ represents an attempt at a harmonised definition of the metropolitan area. Eurostat's objective was to have an area from which a significant share of the residents commute into the city, a concept known as the "functional urban region." To ensure a good data availability, Eurostat adjusts the LUZ boundaries to administrative boundaries that approximate the functional urban region.

The definition was introduced in 2004 by Eurostat, the statistical agency of the European Union (EU), in agreement with the national statistics offices in the member states.[3][4] Data is provided on cities in the EU, its candidate countries and EFTA countries. Several cities were excluded by definition from the 2004 list of LUZs on technical, definitional grounds, such as the coincidence of the metropolitan area with the urban zone.[5][6][7]

In 2006 LUZ definitions were changed significantly, improving the comparability of LUZ definitions across different countries, and allowing for almost all cities to be included.

List of larger urban zones[edit]

This is a list of larger urban zones. The Urban Audit also includes cities from EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) and EU candidate countries.

The figures in the Eurostat database are an attempt at a compromise between harmonised data for all of the European Union, and with availability of statistical data, making comparisons more accurate.[8]

  Areas within the European Union
Larger urban zone Country Population (2006)[9] Population (2014)[10]
Amsterdam metropolitan area  Netherlands 2,497,000[a] 2,437,114
Antwerp  Belgium 1,406,000[b] 998,211
Athens  Greece 3,761,000 3,863,763
Barcelona metropolitan area  Spain 4,082,000[c] 5,445,616
Berlin  Germany 4,016,000 5,005,216
Bilbao  Spain 947,000 1,025,109
Birmingham (West Midlands)  United Kingdom 3,701,107 2,332,629
Bremen  Germany 1,077,000 1,244,363
Greater Bristol  United Kingdom 1,041,000 1,090,080
Brussels-Capital Region  Belgium 2,639,000[b] 2,967,513
Bucharest metropolitan area  Romania 2,064,000 2,267,419
Budapest metropolitan area  Hungary 2,523,000 2,971,246
Cardiff  United Kingdom 1,097,000 1,085,526
Copenhagen  Denmark 1,881,000[d] 1,893,010
Dublin Metropolitan Area  Ireland 1,477,000 1,742,600
Frankfurt/Rhine-Main Region  Germany 2,764,000[e] 2,573,745
Greater Glasgow  United Kingdom 1,395,000 1,789,003
The Hague  Netherlands 1,404,000[a] No data
Hamburg Metropolitan Region  Germany 2,983,000 3,173,871
Helsinki Metropolitan Area  Finland 1,285,000 1,532,309
Katowice metropolitan area  Poland 3,029,000[f] 2,743,929
Kraków metropolitan area  Poland 1,236,000 1,276,438
West Yorkshire (Bradford - Leeds)  United Kingdom 2,302,000 2,238,127
Lille–Kortrijk–Tournai  France/
 Belgium
1,379,000[g] 2,572,374
Lisbon Metropolitan Area  Portugal 2,591,000 2,839,908
Liverpool/Birkenhead  United Kingdom 2,241,000 1,352,000
Łódź  Poland 1,165,000 1,116,660
London metropolitan area  United Kingdom 13,709,000 14,031,830
Lyon  France 1,669,000 2,188,759
Madrid metropolitan area  Spain 5,263,000 6,378,297
Greater Manchester  United Kingdom 2,556,000 2,615,144
Marseille  France 1,530,000 No data
Milan metropolitan area  Italy 4,136,000[h] 4,267,946
Munich  Germany 2,665,000[i] 2,808,581
Naples metropolitan area  Italy 2,905,000[j] 3,127,390
Nice  France 1,082,000 1,082,847
Nottingham-Derby  United Kingdom 1,534,000 1,129,096
Nuremberg Metropolitan Region  Germany 1,443,000 1,301,504
Greater Oslo  Norway 1,037,000 1,144,883
Paris metropolitan area  France 11,175,000 12,005,077
Porto Metropolitan Area  Portugal 1,245,000[k] 1,286,111
Portsmouth-Southampton  United Kingdom 1,547,000 1,498,402[l]
Prague  Czech Republic 1,669,000 2,522,136
Rhein-Nord[m] (Düsseldorf - Neuss)  Germany 3,073,000[n] No Data
Rhein-Süd[m] (Cologne - Bonn)  Germany 3,070,000[n] 3,023,545[o]
Riga  Latvia 1,195,000 1,089,767
Rome metropolitan area  Italy 3,190,000 3,700,000
Rotterdam  Netherlands 1,904,000[a] 2,808,550
Ruhr area  Germany 5,376,000[n] 5,045,784
Saarbrücken - Forbach  Germany/
 France
1,102,000 822,128
Seville  Spain 1,180,000[p] 1,877,060
Sofia  Bulgaria 1,260,120 1,543,377
Metropolitan Stockholm  Sweden 2,171,000 2,034,354
South Yorkshire (Sheffield)  United Kingdom 1,569,000 1,596,298
Stuttgart Metropolitan Region  Germany 2,289,000 2,678,795
Thessaloniki Metropolitan Area  Greece 1,052,000 1,166,914
Turin metropolitan area  Italy 1,601,000[q] 2,302,353
Newcastle-Sunderland  United Kingdom 1,599,000 1,141,879
Valencia  Spain 1,398,000[r] 2,516,818
Vienna  Austria 2,584,000 2,339,807
Warsaw metropolitan area  Poland 2,785,000 3,304,641
Zagreb  Croatia 1,107,115 1,123,374
Zürich metropolitan area   Switzerland 1,615,000 1,984,534

List of larger urban zones by population as of 2004[edit]

This is a list of larger urban zones by population as of 2004. The 2004 Urban Audit also includes cities from EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) and EU candidate countries, although the only candidate country for which there is available data is Turkey. Some cities, including Marseille, Lille, Nice, Cordoba, Badajoz, Toulon and Montpellier were excluded from the 2004 list on technical, definitional grounds, such as the coincidence of the metropolitan area with the urban zone.

Rank Larger urban zone Country Population Area (km²)
1 London  United Kingdom 11,917,000 8,920[11]
2 Istanbul  Turkey (non EU state) 11,154,928
3 Paris  France 11,089,124 12,079.87[11]
4 Madrid  Spain 5,804,829 8,022
5 Ruhr Area  Germany 5,302,179 4,435
6 Berlin  Germany 4,971,331 17,385
7 Barcelona  Spain 4,233,638 1,796.64
8 Athens  Greece 4,013,368 3,806.92
9 Ankara  Turkey (non EU state) 3,736,359
10 Rome  Italy 3,457,690 3,666.66
11 Hamburg  Germany 3,134,620 7,304
12 Milan  Italy 3,076,643 1,348.32
13 Upper Silesian Industrial Region  Poland 2,710,397 2,650.65
14 Stuttgart  Germany 2,663,660 3,654
15 Warsaw  Poland 2,660,406 5,198.52
16 Manchester  United Kingdom 2,539,100 1,280
17 Munich  Germany 2,531,706 5,504
18 Frankfurt  Germany 2,517,561 4,305
19 Izmir  Turkey (non EU state) 2,459,474
20 Lisbon  Portugal 2,435,837 1,432.49
21 Budapest  Hungary 2,393,846 2,538[11]
22 Leeds  United Kingdom 2,393,300 5,114[11]
23 Birmingham  United Kingdom 2,357,100 1,598
24 Naples  Italy 2,253,964 564.95
25 Vienna  Austria 2,179,769 4,610.93[11]
26 Bucharest  Romania 2,140,194 662
27 Prague  Czech Republic 1,964,750 6,977[11]
28 Cologne  Germany 1,873,580 1,626
29 Stockholm  Sweden 1,860,872 6,519
30 Copenhagen  Denmark 1,806,667[11] 2,759[11]
31 Brussels  Belgium 1,800,663 1,613.91
32 Glasgow  United Kingdom 1,747,100 3,346
33 Turin  Italy 1,745,221 1,878.97
34 Lyon  France 1,717,300 5,997.68[11]
35 Valencia  Spain 1,564,145 1,440.58
36 Dublin  Republic of Ireland 1,535,446[11]
37 Düsseldorf  Germany 1,525,029 1,201
38 Bursa  Turkey (non EU state) 1,474,482
39 Amsterdam  Netherlands 1,443,258 859.28
40 Adana  Turkey 1,394,130
41 Liverpool  United Kingdom 1,365,900 821
42 Bielefeld  Germany 1,297,876 2,921
43 Hanover  Germany 1,294,447 2,966
44 Nuremberg  Germany 1,288,797 2,934
45 Sheffield  United Kingdom 1,277,100 1,846
46 Kraków  Poland 1,264,322 2,988.65
47 Sofia  Bulgaria 1,263,807[11] 3,424.2[11]
48 Seville  Spain 1,249,346 3,081.9
49 Bremen  Germany 1,249,291 5,885
50 Helsinki  Finland 1,224,107 2,969.94
51 Rotterdam  Netherlands 1,186,818 611.75
52 Łódź  Poland 1,163,516 2,857.51
53 Ostrava  Czech Republic 1,153,876 3,889.6[11]
54 Zurich   Switzerland (non EU state) 1,110,478 1,086.14
55 Tricity  Poland 1,105,203 3,457.32
56 Porto  Portugal 1,099,040 562.32
57 Oslo  Norway (non EU state) 1,090,513 6,920
58 Newcastle upon Tyne  United Kingdom 1,055,600 3,385
59 Gaziantep  Turkey 1,052,795
60 Toulouse  France 1,052,497 4,706.93[11]
61 Wrocław  Poland 1,031,439 4,582.2
62 Poznań  Poland 1,018,511 3,719.2
63 Bristol  United Kingdom 1,006,600 1,635
64 Riga  Latvia 1,003,949 5,382.5

Urban Audit[edit]

Eurostat's Urban Audit is about much more than demographics. In order for it to be useful as a policy tool to the European Commission and other authorities it contains data for over 250 indicators across the following domains:[12][13]

  • Demography
  • Social Aspects
  • Economic Aspects
  • Civic Involvement
  • Training and Education
  • Environment
  • Travel and Transport
  • Information Society
  • Culture and Recreation

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Part of the Randstad polycentric urban region consisting of the metropolitan areas of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, and Utrecht (982,000). The total population of the region is 7,100,000.
  2. ^ a b The Flemish Diamond metropolitan region, which consists of the metropolitan areas of Brussels, Antwerp, Gent, and Leuven, has a total population of 5,103,000.
  3. ^ Total population is 4,251,000 if the metropolitan area of Mataro (169,000) is included.
  4. ^ Part of the wider Öresund region, which includes the Swedish metropolitan area of Malmö (961,000). The total regional population is 2,842,000.
  5. ^ Part of the Rhein-Main metropolitan region with a total population of 4,149,000, which additionally includes the metropolitan areas of Darmstadt (501,000), Wiesbaden (453,000), and Mainz (431,000).
  6. ^ Part of the polycentric Upper Silesian urban region with a total population of 5,294,000. The region additionally includes the metropolitan areas of Ostrava (1,046,000), Bielsko-Biala (584,000) and Rybnik (526,000).
  7. ^ Part of the wider Lille-Bassin Minier region with a total population of 3,115,000.
  8. ^ Part of a wider polycentric urban region with a population of 6,011,000.
  9. ^ When combined with the Augsburg metropolitan area (606,000), the region has a total population of 3,271,000.
  10. ^ Part of a wider polycentric urban region with a population of 3,714,000.
  11. ^ Part of a wider polycentric urban region with a population of 1,778,000.
  12. ^ Excludes Southampton
  13. ^ a b Polycentric metropolitan area
  14. ^ a b c Part of the polycentric urban region of Rhein-Ruhr, which has a total population of 12,190,000.
  15. ^ Excludes Bonn
  16. ^ Total population is 1,262,000 if the metropolitan area of Utrera (82,000) is included.
  17. ^ Total population is 1,716,000 if the metropolitan of Pinerolo is included.
  18. ^ Total population is 1,499,000 if the metropolitan area of Sagunto is included.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Position Statement on Cohesion Policy 2014-2020, EuroMETREX. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  2. ^ "European cities – the EU-OECD functional urban area definition". Eurostat. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "City statistics - Urban audit". Eurostat. 2006. 
  4. ^ "The shift of Eurostat to Urban Statistics". Dr. Berthold Feldmann, Eurostat. March 2006. 
  5. ^ http://www.statistiques-locales.insee.fr/Fiches/RS/AU1999/RS_AU1999003.pdf Archived 27 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20110727094843/http://www.statistiques-locales.insee.fr/Fiches/RS/AU1999/RS_AU1999004.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20110727094905/http://www.statistiques-locales.insee.fr/Fiches/RS/AU1999/RS_AU1999006.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Urban Audit Database". Urbanaudit.org. Archived from the original on 23 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  9. ^ European Spatial Planning Observation Network, Study on Urban Functions (Project 1.4.3), Final Report, Chapter 3, (ESPON, 2007)
  10. ^ Eurostat
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Data for 2001 (2004 data not yet available)
  12. ^ "Urban Audit". European Commission. 2006. 
  13. ^ "State of European Cities Report" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-04-29. 

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