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

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Below is a list of the largest cities in the European Union according to the population within their city boundary. The cities listed all have populations over 300,000. 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 a very narrow boundary and others a 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 the city boundary[edit]

Cities in bold are capital cities of their respective countries.

Rank City Member State Official
population
Date of census Reference Photograph
1 Berlin Germany 3,669,495 31 December 2019 [1] Berlin Skyline Fernsehturm 02.jpg
2 Madrid Spain 3,348,536 1 February 2020 [2] 001813 - Madrid (4317078136) (cropped).jpg
3 Rome Italy 2,856,133 31 December 2018 [3] Rom, Blick vom Giardino degli Aranci zum Kapitol.JPG
4 Paris France 2,175,601 1 January 2019 [4][5] Paris vue d'ensemble tour Eiffel.jpg
5 Bucharest Romania 2,155,240 1 July 2020 [6] Bucharest city center.jpg
6 Vienna Austria 1,924,158 1 July 2021 [7] Stephansdom Vienna July 2008 (27)-Stephansdom Vienna July 2008 (31).jpg
7 Hamburg Germany 1,899,160 31 December 2019 [8] Hamburg Rathaus.jpg
8 Warsaw Poland 1,793,579 30 June 2020 [9] Warsaw (19130300421).jpg
9 Budapest Hungary 1,752,286 1 January 2019 [10] Széchenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest at night.jpg
10 Barcelona Spain 1,620,343 31 January 2018 [11] Barcelona from Sagrada Familia (2) (cropped).JPG
11 Munich Germany 1,558,395 31 July 2020 [12] Stadtbild München.jpg
12 Milan Italy 1,404,239 31 December 2019 [3] Milan skyline skyscrapers of Porta Nuova business district.jpg
13 Prague Czech Republic 1,324,277 1 January 2020 [13] Night view of the Castle and Charles Bridge, Prague - 8034.jpg
14 Sofia Bulgaria 1,241,675 15 March 2018 [14] Party House by night, Sofia (by Pudelek, cropped by ArionEstar).JPG
15 Cologne Germany 1,085,664 31 December 2018 [15][16] Nightview of Cologne Cathedrale across the River Rhine.jpg
16 Stockholm Sweden 974,073 31 December 2019 [17] Stadshus-Panorama 2.jpg
17 Naples Italy 959,188 31 December 2018 [3] Napoli6.png
18 Turin Italy 875,698 31 December 2018 [3] Turin monte cappuccini.jpg
19 Amsterdam Netherlands 873,289 31 December 2020 [18] Amsterdam (5086325695).jpg
20 Marseille France 868,277 1 January 2016 [4][19] Marseille-la-nuit-by-F.Laffont-feraud.jpg
21 Zagreb Croatia 804,049 1 January 2018 [20] Zagreb (29255640143).jpg
22 Copenhagen Denmark 794,128 1 January 2020 [21] Copenhagen Christiansborg IMG 5590.jpg
23 Valencia Spain 791,413 31 January 2018 [11] La ciutat de València des del Micalet.JPG
24 Kraków Poland 780,981 30 June 2020 [22] Sukiennice and Main Market Square Krakow Poland.JPG
25 Frankfurt Germany 753,056 31 December 2018 [23] Skyline Frankfurt am Main 2015.jpg
26 Seville Spain 688,711 1 January 2018 [11] Sevilla - March 2011 - 059.jpg
27 Łódź Poland 677,286 30 June 2020 [9] Orion Business Tower - poziom.jpg
28 Zaragoza Spain 666,880 1 January 2018 [11] Panorama of Zaragoza from the top of the cathedral (3847901093).jpg
29 Athens Greece 664,046 31 January 2012 [24] Atenes i el mont Licabet des de l'Acròpoli.JPG
30 Palermo Italy 663,401 31 December 2018 [3] Palermo 0454 2013.jpg
31 Helsinki Finland 657,674 31 December 2020 [25] Southern Helsinki panorama 2011-06-28 1.jpg
32 Rotterdam Netherlands 651,870 31 January 2020 [18] 206 Rotterdam bridge.jpg
33 Wrocław Poland 643,782 30 June 2020 [26] Wrocław - Rynek 2015-12-25 12-44-18.JPG
34 Stuttgart Germany 635,911 31 December 2019 [27] Stuttgart - panoramio (40).jpg
35 Riga Latvia 627,487 1 January 2020 [28] Riga - Latvia.jpg
36 Düsseldorf Germany 619,294 31 December 2018 [15][29] Düsseldorf, Marina Düsseldorf.JPG
37 Vilnius Lithuania 590,123 12 May 2021 [30] Vilnius city.jpg
38 Leipzig Germany 587,857 31 December 2018 [31] Leipzig Fockeberg Zentrum.jpg
39 Dortmund Germany 587,010 31 December 2018 [15][32] Dortmund Panorama.jpg
40 Essen Germany 583,393 31 December 2017 [15][29] Essen-Panorama.jpg
41 Gothenburg Sweden 579,281 31 December 2019 [17] Gothenburgbynight.jpg
42 Genoa Italy 578,000 31 December 2018 [33] Torre della Lanterna vista dal moderno Centro Direzionale di Genova S. Benigno ed elicoidale.jpg
43 Málaga Spain 571,026 13 January 2018 [11] Da Gibralfaro.jpg
44 Bremen Germany 569,352 31 December 2018 [34] Bremen aerial view 9.JPG
45 Dresden Germany 554,649 31 December 2018 [31] Dresden Altstadt (5549941423).jpg
46 Dublin Ireland 554,554 24 April 2016 [35] THE SAMUEL BECKETT BRIDGE 11 JANUARY 2018 (STILL TRYING FOR A UNIQUE IMAGE OF THIS BRIDGE)-135491 (39626174772).jpg
47 The Hague Netherlands 545,273 31 January 2020 [18] Cityscape of The Hague, viewed from Het Plein (The Square).jpg
48 Hanover Germany 538,068 31 December 2018 [36] Luftbild Hannover Rathaus.JPG
49 Poznań Poland 533,830 30 June 2020 [9] Ayuntamiento, Poznan, Polonia, 2014-09-18, DD 73-75 HDR.jpg
50 Antwerp Belgium 525,935 1 January 2019 [37] Grote Markt and Cathedral of Our Lady - Antwerp, Belgium - panoramio.jpg
51 Nuremberg Germany 518,365 31 December 2018 [38] Nuremberg panorama morning 3.jpg
52 Lyon France 515,695 31 January 2016 [4][39] Lyon vue depuis fourviere.jpg
53 Lisbon Portugal 506,654 31 December 2018 [40] Aerial view of Augusta Street, Lisbon (50644280948).jpg
54 Duisburg Germany 498,590 31 December 2018 [15][29] Duisburger Innenhafen Five Boats Abend 2014.jpg
55 Toulouse France 479,638 1 January 2015 [4][41] Toulouse by night with Basilique Saint-Sernin.jpg
56 Gdańsk Poland 471,525 30 June 2020 [42] Calle Dlugie Pobrzeze, Gdansk, Polonia, 2013-05-20, DD 07.jpg
57 Murcia Spain 447,182 31 January 2018 [11] (Murcia) Vista del Este de Murcia desde la Camapana de San José de la Catedral de Murcia (1) (5373232199) (cropped).jpg
58 Tallinn Estonia 441,101 1 April 2019 [43] Tallinn sea.png
59 Bratislava Slovakia 432,864 1 January 2019 [44] Bratislava Panorama R01.jpg
60 Brno Czech Republic 410,653 1 January 2021 [45] Brno mrakodrapy.JPG
61 Palma de Mallorca Spain 409,661 1 January 2018 [11] Bellver Castle 2008 Palma Mallorca 130.JPG
62 Szczecin Poland 400,990 30 June 2020 [46] Nocny widok z wyspy Grodzkiej, Szczecin - panoramio.jpg
63 Bologna Italy 390,636 31 December 2018 [3] Skyline of Bologna against the sunset.jpg
64 Iași Romania 378,954 1 January 2018 [47] Palatculturaiasi.jpg
65 Florence Italy 378,839 31 December 2018 [3] Sunset in Florence from the Piazza Michelangelo.jpg
66 Las Palmas Spain 378,517 1 January 2018 [11] Las Palmas panorama.jpg
67 Bochum Germany 364,628 31 December 2018 [15][32] Bergbaumuseum Bochum Pano.jpg
68 Utrecht Netherlands 357,676 31 January 2020 [18] Panorama Utrecht.jpg
69 Wuppertal Germany 354,382 31 December 2018 [15][29] Wuppertal ansicht.jpg
70 Aarhus Denmark 349,977 1 October 2019 [48] Aarhus havnefront 20170902.jpg
71 Bydgoszcz Poland 346,739 30 June 2020 [9] Bdg OperaNova noc 15 07-2013.jpg
72 Plovdiv Bulgaria 346,893 31 December 2018 [49] Ancient theatre plovdiv-3.jpg
73 Bilbao Spain 345,821 1 January 2018 [11] Panoramica bilbao.jpg
74 Malmö Sweden 344,166 31 December 2019 [17] Central Malmö.JPG
75 Nice France 342,637 1 January 2016 [4][50] Aerial view downtown Nice.jpg
76 Lublin Poland 339,547 30 June 2020 [9] Lublin18395.jpg
77 Varna Bulgaria 336,505 31 December 2018 [49] Varna Cathedral - 2.jpg
78 Bielefeld Germany 333,786 31 December 2018 [15][51] Bielefeld City.jpg
79 Alicante Spain 331,577 1 January 2018 [11] Puerto de Alicante desde el Castillo de Santa Bárbara.JPG
80 Timișoara Romania 328,186 1 January 2018 [47] Timisoara - Catholic Dome in Union Square.jpg
81 Bonn Germany 327,258 31 December 2018 [15][16] Bonn-center-2016-01.jpg
82 Córdoba Spain 325,708 1 January 2018 [11] Córdoba vista aérea.jpg
83 Thessaloniki Greece 325,182 30 June 2011 [24] Panorama solun.JPG
84 Cluj-Napoca Romania 324,960 1 January 2018 [47] Biserica Mihail.JPG
85 Bari Italy 320,862 31 December 2018 [3] Bari AltstadtPanorama.jpg
86 Constanța Romania 317,832 1 January 2016 [47] National History Museum in Constanţa (27654665352).jpg
87 Münster Germany 314,319 31 December 2018 [15][52] Münster (9277320495) (3).jpg
88 Karlsruhe Germany 313,092 31 December 2018 [27] Karlsruhe schlossgarden.jpg
89 Catania Italy 311,584 30 May 2018 [3] Catania-Etna-Sicilia-Italy-Castielli CC0 HQ1.JPG
90 Mannheim Germany 309,370 31 December 2018 [27] Mannheim NUB city2.jpg
91 Nantes France 306,694 1 January 2016 Panorama depuis tour Dobree.jpg
92 Craiova Romania 305,386 1 January 2018 [47] Palatul Constantin Mihail, (azi Muzeul de Artă) vedere centrală.JPG
93 Galați Romania 304,050 1 January 2018 [47] DunareaSiPalatulNavigatiei.jpg

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