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

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This 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. Likewise the City of Brussels municipality is so much smaller than the greater Brussels Capital Region that it does not reach the population threshold to be listed here.

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 Reference Photography
1 Berlin Germany 3,677,472 31 December 2021 [1] Berlin Skyline Fernsehturm 02.jpg
2 Madrid Spain 3,305,408 1 January 2021 [2] Madrid - Sky Bar 360º (Hotel Riu Plaza España), vistas 19.jpg
3 Rome Italy 2,761,632 1 January 2022 [3] Victor Emanuel II Rome 2011 11.jpg
4 Bucharest Romania 2,161,347 1 July 2021 [4] Bucharest city center.jpg
5 Paris France 2,139,907 1 January 2022 [5] Paris vue d'ensemble tour Eiffel.jpg
6 Vienna Austria 1,962,779 1 July 2022 [6] Stephansdom Vienna July 2008 (27)-Stephansdom Vienna July 2008 (31).jpg
7 Warsaw Poland 1,863,056 31 December 2021 [7] Warsaw skyline Świętokrzyski Bridge.jpg
8 Hamburg Germany 1,853,935 31 December 2021 [1] Hamburg Rathaus.jpg
9 Budapest Hungary 1,706,851 1 January 2022 [8] Széchenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest at night.jpg
10 Barcelona Spain 1,636,732 1 January 2021 [2] Barcelona from Sagrada Familia (2) (cropped).JPG
11 Munich Germany 1,487,708 31 December 2021 [1] Stadtbild München.jpg
12 Milan Italy 1,371,498 1 January 2022 [3] Milan skyline skyscrapers of Porta Nuova business district.jpg
13 Sofia Bulgaria 1,307,439 31 December 2021 [9] Cathedral Saint Alexander Nevsky (23997168458).jpg
14 Prague Czech Republic 1,275,406 1 January 2022 [10] Night view of the Castle and Charles Bridge, Prague - 8034.jpg
15 Cologne Germany 1,073,096 31 December 2021 [1] Nightview of Cologne Cathedrale across the River Rhine.jpg
16 Stockholm Sweden 978,770 31 December 2021 [11] Stadshus-Panorama 2.jpg
17 Naples Italy 914,758 1 January 2022 [3] Napoli6.png
18 Amsterdam Netherlands 905,234 31 January 2022 [12] Amsterdam (5086325695).jpg
19 Marseille France 870,731 1 January 2019 [5] Marseille-la-nuit-by-F.Laffont-feraud.jpg
20 Turin Italy 848,885 1 January 2022 [3] Turin monte cappuccini.jpg
21 Kraków Poland 802,583 31 December 2021 [7] Sukiennice and Main Market Square Krakow Poland.JPG
22 Valencia Spain 789,744 1 January 2021 [2] La ciutat de València des del Micalet.JPG
23 Zagreb Croatia 769,944 31 August 2021 [13] Zagreb (29255640143).jpg
24 Frankfurt am Main Germany 759,224 31 December 2021 [1] Skyline Frankfurt am Main 2015.jpg
25 Seville Spain 684,234 1 January 2021 [2] Sevilla - March 2011 - 059.jpg
26 Zaragoza Spain 675,301 1 January 2021 [2] Panorama of Zaragoza from the top of the cathedral (3847901093).jpg
27 Wrocław Poland 674,312 31 December 2021 [7] Wrocław - Rynek 2015-12-25 12-44-18.JPG
28 Łódź Poland 664,860 31 December 2021 [7] 20180426-084611-lodz-Solidarność-Roundabout-Łódź.jpg
29 Helsinki Finland 658,864 31 December 2021 [14] Southern Helsinki panorama 2011-06-28 1.jpg
30 Rotterdam Netherlands 655,418 31 December 2021 [12] 206 Rotterdam bridge.jpg
31 Copenhagen Denmark 644,431 1 January 2022 [15] Copenhagen Christiansborg IMG 5590.jpg
32 Athens Greece 637,798 23 October 2021 [16] Atenes i el mont Licabet des de l'Acròpoli.JPG
33 Palermo Italy 630,828 1 January 2022 [3] Palermo 0454 2013.jpg
34 Stuttgart Germany 626,275 31 December 2021 [1] Stuttgart - panoramio (40).jpg
35 Düsseldorf Germany 619,477 31 December 2021 [1] Düsseldorf, Marina Düsseldorf.JPG
36 Riga Latvia 611,824 1 January 2022 [17] Riga - Latvia.jpg
37 Leipzig Germany 601,866 31 December 2021 [1] Leipzig Fockeberg Zentrum.jpg
38 Gothenburg Sweden 587,549 31 December 2021 [11] Gothenburgbynight.jpg
39 Dortmund Germany 586,852 31 December 2021 [1] Dortmund City Panorama Crop 02.jpg
40 Essen Germany 579,432 31 December 2021 [1] Essen-Panorama.jpg
41 Málaga Spain 577,405 1 January 2021 [2] Da Gibralfaro.jpg
42 Vilnius Lithuania 576,195 1 July 2022 [18] Vilnius city.jpg
43 Bremen Germany 563,290 31 December 2021 [1] Bremen aerial view 9.JPG
44 Genoa Italy 560,688 1 January 2022 [3] Torre della Lanterna vista dal moderno Centro Direzionale di Genova S. Benigno ed elicoidale.jpg
45 Dresden Germany 555,351 31 December 2021 [1] Dresden Altstadt (5549941423).jpg
46 Dublin Ireland 554,554 24 April 2016 [19] THE SAMUEL BECKETT BRIDGE 11 JANUARY 2018 (STILL TRYING FOR A UNIQUE IMAGE OF THIS BRIDGE)-135491 (39626174772).jpg
47 The Hague Netherlands 553,277 31 December 2021 [12] Cityscape of The Hague, viewed from Het Plein (The Square).jpg
48 Lisbon Portugal 545,923 19 April 2021 [20] Aerial view of Augusta Street, Lisbon (50644280948).jpg
49 Poznań Poland 545,073 31 December 2021 [7] Ayuntamiento, Poznan, Polonia, 2014-09-18, DD 73-75 HDR.jpg
50 Hanover Germany 535,932 31 December 2021 [1] Luftbild Hannover Rathaus.JPG
51 Antwerp Belgium 528,903 1 January 2022 [21] Grote Markt and Cathedral of Our Lady - Antwerp, Belgium - panoramio.jpg
52 Lyon France 522,969 1 January 2019 [5] Lyon vue depuis fourviere.jpg
53 Nuremberg Germany 510,632 31 December 2021 [1] Nuremberg panorama morning 3.jpg
54 Duisburg Germany 495,152 31 December 2021 [1] Westlicher Innenhafen 26 05 12.JPG
55 Toulouse France 493,465 1 January 2019 [5] Toulouse by night with Basilique Saint-Sernin.jpg
56 Gdańsk Poland 486,271 31 December 2021 [7] Calle Dlugie Pobrzeze, Gdansk, Polonia, 2013-05-20, DD 07.jpg
57 Bratislava Slovakia 475,044 1 July 2021 [22] Bratislava Panorama R01.jpg
58 Murcia Spain 460,349 1 January 2021 [2] (Murcia) Vista del Este de Murcia desde la Camapana de San José de la Catedral de Murcia (1) (5373232199) (cropped).jpg
59 Tallinn Estonia 437,811 1 January 2022 [23] Tallinn sea.png
60 Palma de Mallorca Spain 419,366 1 January 2021 [2] Bellver Castle 2008 Palma Mallorca 130.JPG
61 Szczecin Poland 394,482 31 December 2021 [7] Nocny widok z wyspy Grodzkiej, Szczecin - panoramio.jpg
62 Bologna Italy 392,203 1 January 2022 [3] Da Terazza s .petronio (1).jpg
63 Iași Romania 391,024 1 July 2021 [4] Palatculturaiasi.jpg
64 Sintra Portugal 385,654 19 April 2021 [20] Cabo da Roca & Sintra Sintra (3179815244).jpg
65 Brno Czech Republic 379,466 1 January 2022 [10] Brno mrakodrapy.JPG
66 Las Palmas Spain 378,675 1 January 2021 [2] Las Palmas panorama.jpg
67 Florence Italy 367,150 1 January 2022 [3] Sunset in Florence from the Piazza Michelangelo.jpg
68 Bochum Germany 363,441 31 December 2021 [1] Bergbaumuseum Bochum Pano.jpg
69 Utrecht Netherlands 361,966 31 December 2021 [12] Panorama Utrecht.jpg
70 Aarhus Denmark 355,238 1 January 2022 [15] Aarhus havnefront 20170902.jpg
71 Wuppertal Germany 354,572 31 December 2021 [1] Wuppertal ansicht.jpg
72 Malmö Sweden 351,749 31 December 2021 [11] Central Malmö.JPG
73 Bilbao Spain 346,405 1 January 2021 [2] Panoramica bilbao.jpg
74 Plovdiv Bulgaria 343,070 31 December 2021 [9] Пловдив.jpg
75 Nice France 342,669 1 January 2019 [5] Aerial view downtown Nice.jpg
76 Varna Bulgaria 341,737 31 December 2021 [9] Varna Eastern breakwater 1.JPG
77 Alicante Spain 337,304 1 January 2021 [2] Puerto de Alicante desde el Castillo de Santa Bárbara.JPG
78 Bydgoszcz Poland 334,026 31 December 2021 [7] Bdg OperaNova noc 15 07-2013.jpg
79 Bielefeld Germany 334,002 31 December 2021 [1] Bielefeld City.jpg
80 Lublin Poland 332,852 31 December 2021 [7] Lublin18395.jpg
81 Bonn Germany 331,885 31 December 2021 [1] Bonn-center-2016-01.jpg
82 Cluj-Napoca Romania 328,316 1 July 2021 [4] Romania-2382 - View from Hotel (7794313314).jpg
83 Córdoba Spain 322,071 1 January 2021 [2] Córdoba vista aérea.jpg
84 Nantes France 318,808 1 January 2019 [5] Panorama depuis tour Dobree.jpg
85 Timișoara Romania 318,296 1 July 2021 [4] Festivalul Inimilor Timișoara.jpg
86 Thessaloniki Greece 317,778 23 October 2021 [16] Panorama solun.JPG
87 Münster Germany 317,713 31 December 2021 [1] Münster (9277320495) (3).jpg
88 Bari Italy 316,140 1 January 2022 [3] Bari AltstadtPanorama.jpg
89 Mannheim Germany 311,831 31 December 2021 [1] Mannheim NUB city2.jpg
90 Constanța Romania 306,607 1 July 2021 [4] National History Museum in Constanţa (27654665352).jpg
91 Karlsruhe Germany 306,502 31 December 2021 [1] Karlsruhe town centre air.jpg
92 Galați Romania 304,957 1 July 2021 [4] DunareaSiPalatulNavigatiei.jpg
93 Vila Nova de Gaia Portugal 303,854 19 April 2021 [20] Vila Nova de Gaia 063DSC 0212 (49048680592) (cropped).jpg
94 Kaunas Lithuania 301,300 1 July 2022 [18] Vytautas the Great Bridge from hill, Kaunas, Lithuania - Diliff.jpg

See also[edit]

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