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

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This article is about the largest cities of the European Union by population within city limits. For the largest city areas in Europe, (including those outside the European Union), see List of metropolitan areas in Europe. For a list of European cities by country, see List of cities in Europe.

This is a list of the 100 largest cities in the European Union by population within city limits.[1] It 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. For example, the populations of Greater London and Greater Paris constitute the largest urban areas in the EU, but the strict definition of the limits of Paris results in a far lower population shown in the table below.

100 largest cities[edit]

Note: The cities are sorted by the column labelled Official population (actual). Cities in bold are capital cities of their respective countries; Brussels (italics) is the capital of both Belgium and the EU.

Rank City State Official population Date of census/estimate References Image
1 London[2]  United Kingdom 8,615,246 1 June 2014 [3] London from a hot air balloon.jpg
2 Berlin  Germany 3,562,166 31 December 2014 [4] Brandenburger Tor abends.jpg
3 Madrid  Spain 3,165,235 1 January 2014 [5] Cuatro Torres Business Area.JPG
4 Rome  Italy 2,874,038 30 November 2014 [6] Roma dall'aereo.JPG
5 Paris  France 2,273,305 1 January 2013 [7] Sunset over Paris 5, France August 2013.jpg
6 Vienna  Austria 1,812,604 1 July 2015 [8] Schönbrunn Palace (Visitor's entrance to Imperial rooms) as seen from the point of Neptune Fountain, right through Great Parterre. Vienna, Austria, Western Europe.jpg
7 Bucharest  Romania 1,803,425 20 October 2014 [9] Bucharest-Skyline-01.jpg
8 Hamburg[10]  Germany 1,760,433 30 November 2014 [11] Hamburg Rathaus.jpg
9 Budapest  Hungary 1,744,000 11 September 2014 [12] Szechenyi Chain Bridge, Budapest.jpg
10 Warsaw  Poland 1,740,119 31 March 2014 [13] Lotnicza panorama Warszawy.jpg
11 Barcelona  Spain 1,602,386 1 January 2014 [5] Barcelona from Sagrada Familia (2).JPG
12 Munich  Germany 1,493,900 28 February 2015 [14] Stadtbild München.jpg
13 Milan  Italy 1,338,264 28 February 2015 [6] Milano skyline.jpg
14 Sofia  Bulgaria 1,286,383 15 March 2015 [15] Alexander Nevsky Cathedral 18
15 Prague  Czech Republic 1,261,715 31 March 2015 [16] Prague old town square panorama.jpg
16 Brussels[17]  Belgium 1,175,831 1 January 2014 [18] Brussels floral carpet B.jpg
17 Birmingham  United Kingdom 1,092,330 30 June 2013 [3] Birmingham (UK) skyline - Centenary Square 640.jpg
18 Cologne  Germany 1,057,327 31 December 2014 [19] Nightview of Cologne Cathedrale across the River Rhine.jpg
19 Naples  Italy 989,160 30 November 2014 [6] Napoli6.png
20 Stockholm  Sweden 911,989 31 January 2014 [20] Stadshus-Panorama 2.jpg
21 Turin  Italy 897,265 30 November 2014 [6] Turin monte cappuccini.jpg
22 Marseille  France 852,516 31 December 2012 [21] Marseille-la-nuit-by-F.Laffont-feraud.jpg
23 Amsterdam  Netherlands 825,080 30 March 2015 [22] Amsterdam airphoto.jpg
24 Zagreb  Croatia 790,017 31 March 2011 [23] Zagreb Night.jpg
25 Valencia  Spain 786,424 1 January 2014 [5] Valencia Arts.jpg
26 Kraków  Poland 760,700 31 March 2014 [13] Sukiennice and Main Market Square Krakow Poland.JPG
27 Leeds  United Kingdom 757,655 30 June 2012 [3] LeedsSkyline2013.jpg
28 Łódź  Poland 709,757 31 March 2014 [13] Lodz manufaktura 01.jpg
29 Frankfurt  Germany 709,395 30 June 2014 [24] Frankfurt Am Main-Stadtansicht von der Deutschherrnbruecke zu Beginn der Abenddaemmerung.jpg
30 Seville  Spain 696,676 1 January 2014 [5] Plaza de España 20-03-2013.JPG
31 Palermo  Italy 676,118 30 November 2014 [6] Palermo02 flickr.jpg
32 Zaragoza  Spain 666,058 1 January 2014 [5] 0849 pilar ebro 2004.png
33 Athens  Greece 664,046 24 May 2011 [25] View of Athens from Lycabettus.jpg
34 Riga  Latvia 641,007 1 July 2015 [26] Riga - Latvia.jpg
35 Wrocław  Poland 632,432 31 March 2014 [13] Wrocław - Rynek 1.JPG
36 Helsinki  Finland 626,305 30 June 2015 [27] Skyline of Helsinki as seen from the Erottaja fire station.jpg
37 Rotterdam  Netherlands 616,528 31 January 2013 [28] Erasmusbrug seen from Euromast.jpg
38 Stuttgart  Germany 604,297 31 December 2013 [29] Burgholzhof Panorama-pjt.jpg
39 Glasgow  United Kingdom 596,550 31 December 2013 [30] Glasgow-Green-Geograph-2354475-by-Jim-Smillie.jpg
40 Düsseldorf  Germany 593,682 31 December 2012 [19] Düsseldorf, Marina Düsseldorf.JPG
41 Genoa  Italy 592,995 30 November 2014 [6] Genova dal Castelletto.jpg
42 Copenhagen  Denmark 583,348 1 January 2015 [31] Copenhagen Christiansborg IMG 5590.jpg
43 Dortmund  Germany 575,944 31 December 2013 [19] DK DO Skyline 300ppi CC BY NC SA-20140223-3068.jpg
44 Essen  Germany 569,884 31 December 2013 [19] Essen-Panorama.jpg
45 Málaga  Spain 566,913 1 January 2014 [5] Da Gibralfaro.jpg
46 Sheffield  United Kingdom 557,382 30 June 2012 [3] Sheffield skyline.png
47 Lisbon  Portugal 547,631 1 January 2011 [32] 2012-11-17 at 08-08-47 (8235529079).jpg
48 Poznań  Poland 547,161 31 March 2014 [13] Poznan centrum.jpg
49 Bremen  Germany 546,451 31 December 2012 [33] Bremen aerial view 9.JPG
50 Gothenburg  Sweden 541,145 31 December 2014 [34] Gothenburgbynight.jpg
51 Leipzig  Germany 531,562 31 December 2013 [35] Leipzig Fockeberg Zentrum.jpg
52 Dresden  Germany 530,754 31 December 2013 [35] Dresden Altstadt (5549941423).jpg
53 Vilnius  Lithuania 537,152 1 January 2013 [36] Vilnius Skyline.jpg
54 Dublin  Ireland 527,612 10 April 2011 [37] OConnellBridgeDublin.jpg
55 Bradford  United Kingdom 524,619 30 June 2012 [3] Bradford Cityscape.JPG
56 Hanover  Germany 521,682 30 September 2014 [38] Luftbild Hannover Rathaus.JPG
57 The Hague  Netherlands 510,909 1 May 2014 [39] The Hague skyline.JPG
58 Manchester  United Kingdom 510,772 30 June 2012 [3] Manchester Skyline.jpg
59 Antwerp  Belgium 510,610 1 January 2014 [40] OLV-Kathedraal.jpg
60 Nuremberg  Germany 500,096 30 September 2014 [14] Nürnberg panorama.jpg
61 Edinburgh  United Kingdom 495,360 30 June 2011 [30] Edinburgh Night Panorama from Calton Hill.jpg
62 Lyon  France 491,268 31 December 2011 [41] Lyon vue depuis fourviere.jpg
63 Duisburg  Germany 486,816 31 December 2012 [19] Duisburg Innenhafen Ludwigturm.jpg
64 Liverpool  United Kingdom 469,690 30 June 2012 [3] Liverpool Waterfront - geograph.org.uk - 1004690.jpg
65 Gdańsk  Poland 460,354 30 June 2012 [13] Gdansk 2004.jpg
66 Toulouse  France 447,340 31 December 2011 [42] Toulouse by night with Basilique Saint-Sernin.jpg
67 Murcia  Spain 441,354 1 January 2012 [5] Murcia.JPG
68 Tallinn  Estonia 434,810 1 February 2015 [43] Tallinn sea.png
69 Bristol  United Kingdom 432,451 30 June 2012 [3] River.avon.from.balloon.bristol.arp.jpg
70 Bratislava Slovakia Slovak Republic 417,389 31 December 2013 [44] Bratislava Old Town (3706932185).jpg
71 Szczecin  Poland 409,211 30 June 2012 [13] Szczecin Cathedral (2501590974).jpg
72 Palma de Mallorca  Spain 407,648 1 January 2012 [5] Bellver Castle 2008 Palma Mallorca 130.JPG
73 Bologna  Italy 386,171 30 November 2014 [6] Bologna-view.jpg
74 Plovdiv  Bulgaria 382,737 15 March 2015 [15] RomanTheaterPlovdiv.jpg
75 Las Palmas  Spain 382,296 1 January 2012 [5] Las Palmas panorama.jpg
76 Florence  Italy 380,226 30 November 2014 [6] Sunset in Florence from the Piazza Michelangelo.jpg
77 Brno  Czech Republic 378,327 1 January 2013 [16] 01 airshots.cz-wallpaper16x10-noTm.jpg
78 Varna  Bulgaria 364,537 15 March 2015 [15] Varna Cathedral - 2
79 Bydgoszcz  Poland 362,286 30 June 2012 [13] BydgoszczAir.jpg
80 Bochum  Germany 362,213 31 December 2012 [19] Bergbaumuseum Bochum Pano.jpg
81 Bilbao  Spain 351,629 1 January 2012 [5] Panoramica bilbao.jpg
82 Cardiff  United Kingdom 348,493 30 June 2012 [3] Mermaid Quay and Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay - geograph.org.uk - 752977.jpg
83 Lublin  Poland 348,120 30 June 2012 [13] Lublin18395.jpg
84 Nice  France 344,064 31 December 2011 [45] Aerial view downtown Nice.jpg
85 Wuppertal  Germany 342,885 31 December 2012 [19] Wuppertal ansicht.jpg
86 Alicante  Spain 340,678 1 January 2012 [5] Puerto de Alicante desde el Castillo de Santa Bárbara.JPG
87 Belfast  United Kingdom 333,871 27 March 2011 [46] Belfast City Hall 2.jpg
88 Leicester  United Kingdom 331,606 30 June 2012 [3] LeicesterAttenboroughPanorama.jpg
89 Utrecht  Netherlands 330,772 1 May 2014 [47] Panorama Utrecht.jpg
90 Córdoba  Spain 328,841 1 January 2012 [5] Córdoba vista aérea.jpg
91 Bielefeld  Germany 328,314 31 December 2012 [19] Bielefeld City.jpg
92 Wakefield  United Kingdom 327,627 30 June 2012 [3] Wakefield-1.jpg
93 Aarhus  Denmark 326,676 1 October 2014 .[48] Aarhus waterfront.jpg
94 Cluj-Napoca  Romania 324,576 20 October 2011 [49] Panorama Cluj Napoca mica.jpg
95 Coventry  United Kingdom 323,132 30 June 2012 [3] Skyline of Coventry as seen from Baginton 3g06.JPG
96 Bari  Italy 321,008 30 November 2014 [6] Puglia Bari2 tango7174.jpg
97 Thessaloniki  Greece 2,892,240 24 May 2011 [25] Panorama solun.JPG
98 Timișoara  Romania 319,279 20 October 2011 [49] View over Timisoara city.jpg
99 Malmö  Sweden 319,246 31 March 2015 [20] Central Malmö.JPG
100 Catania  Italy 315,567 30 November 2014 [6] Catania-Etna-Sicilia-Italy-Castielli CC0 HQ1.JPG

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