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.

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 3,664,088 31 December 2020 [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 2,770,226 1 January 2021 [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 1,951,354 1 April 2022 [6] Stephansdom Vienna July 2008 (27)-Stephansdom Vienna July 2008 (31).jpg
7 Hamburg Germany 1,852,478 31 December 2020 [1] Hamburg Rathaus.jpg
8 Warsaw Poland 1,792,718 30 June 2021 [7] Warsaw (19130300421).jpg
9 Budapest Hungary 1,723,836 1 January 2021 [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 1,488,202 31 December 2020 [1] Stadtbild München.jpg
12 Milan Italy 1,374,582 1 January 2021 [3] Milan skyline skyscrapers of Porta Nuova business district.jpg
13 Sofia Bulgaria 1,308,412 31 December 2020 [9] Party House by night, Sofia (by Pudelek, cropped by ArionEstar).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 1,083,498 31 December 2020 [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 922,094 1 January 2021 [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 858,205 1 January 2021 [3] Turin monte cappuccini.jpg
21 Valencia Spain 789,744 1 January 2021 [2] La ciutat de València des del Micalet.JPG
22 Kraków Poland 780,796 30 June 2021 [7] Sukiennice and Main Market Square Krakow Poland.JPG
23 Zagreb Croatia 769,944 31 August 2021 [13] Zagreb (29255640143).jpg
24 Frankfurt am Main Germany 764,104 31 December 2020 [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 Łódź Poland 667,923 30 June 2021 [7] 20180426-084611-lodz-Solidarność-Roundabout-Łódź.jpg
28 Athens Greece 664,046 30 June 2011 [14] Atenes i el mont Licabet des de l'Acròpoli.JPG
29 Helsinki Finland 658,864 31 December 2021 [15] Southern Helsinki panorama 2011-06-28 1.jpg
30 Rotterdam Netherlands 655,418 31 December 2021 [12] 206 Rotterdam bridge.jpg
31 Wrocław Poland 641,201 30 June 2021 [7] Wrocław - Rynek 2015-12-25 12-44-18.JPG
32 Copenhagen Denmark 638,117 1 January 2021 [16] Copenhagen Christiansborg IMG 5590.jpg
33 Palermo Italy 637,885 1 January 2021 [3] Palermo 0454 2013.jpg
34 Stuttgart Germany 630,305 31 December 2020 [1] Stuttgart - panoramio (40).jpg
35 Düsseldorf Germany 620,523 31 December 2020 [1] Düsseldorf, Marina Düsseldorf.JPG
36 Riga Latvia 614,618 1 January 2021 [17] Riga - Latvia.jpg
37 Leipzig Germany 597,493 31 December 2020 [1] Leipzig Fockeberg Zentrum.jpg
38 Dortmund Germany 587,696 31 December 2020 [1] Dortmund Panorama.jpg
39 Gothenburg Sweden 587,549 31 December 2021 [11] Gothenburgbynight.jpg
40 Essen Germany 582,415 31 December 2020 [1] Essen-Panorama.jpg
41 Málaga Spain 577,405 1 January 2021 [2] Da Gibralfaro.jpg
42 Bremen Germany 566,573 31 December 2020 [1] Bremen aerial view 9.JPG
43 Genoa Italy 566,410 1 January 2021 [3] Torre della Lanterna vista dal moderno Centro Direzionale di Genova S. Benigno ed elicoidale.jpg
44 Vilnius Lithuania 560,120 1 January 2022 [18] Vilnius city.jpg
45 Dresden Germany 556,227 31 December 2020 [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 Hanover Germany 534,049 31 December 2020 [1] Luftbild Hannover Rathaus.JPG
49 Poznań Poland 530,464 30 June 2021 [7] Ayuntamiento, Poznan, Polonia, 2014-09-18, DD 73-75 HDR.jpg
50 Antwerp Belgium 528,903 1 January 2022 [20] Grote Markt and Cathedral of Our Lady - Antwerp, Belgium - panoramio.jpg
51 Lyon France 522,969 1 January 2019 [5] Lyon vue depuis fourviere.jpg
52 Nuremberg Germany 515,543 31 December 2020 [1] Nuremberg panorama morning 3.jpg
53 Lisbon Portugal 509,614 31 December 2020 [21] Aerial view of Augusta Street, Lisbon (50644280948).jpg
54 Duisburg Germany 495,885 31 December 2020 [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 Bratislava Slovakia 475,503 1 December 2021 [22] Bratislava Panorama R01.jpg
57 Gdańsk Poland 470,633 30 June 2021 [7] Calle Dlugie Pobrzeze, Gdansk, Polonia, 2013-05-20, DD 07.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 438,341 1 January 2021 [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 396,472 30 June 2021 [7] Nocny widok z wyspy Grodzkiej, Szczecin - panoramio.jpg
62 Sintra Portugal 392,887 31 December 2020 [21] Cabo da Roca & Sintra Sintra (3179815244).jpg
63 Bologna Italy 391,686 1 January 2021 [3] Skyline of Bologna against the sunset.jpg
64 Iași Romania 391,024 1 July 2021 [4] Palatculturaiasi.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 368,419 1 January 2021 [3] Sunset in Florence from the Piazza Michelangelo.jpg
68 Bochum Germany 364,454 31 December 2020 [1] Bergbaumuseum Bochum Pano.jpg
69 Utrecht Netherlands 361,966 31 December 2021 [12] Panorama Utrecht.jpg
70 Wuppertal Germany 355,004 31 December 2020 [1] Wuppertal ansicht.jpg
71 Aarhus Denmark 352,751 1 January 2021 [16] Aarhus havnefront 20170902.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 Nice France 342,669 1 January 2019 [5] Aerial view downtown Nice.jpg
75 Plovdiv Bulgaria 342,048 31 December 2020 [9] Ancient theatre plovdiv-3.jpg
76 Bydgoszcz Poland 341,692 30 June 2021 [7] Bdg OperaNova noc 15 07-2013.jpg
77 Varna Bulgaria 341,516 31 December 2020 [9] Varna Eastern breakwater 1.JPG
78 Lublin Poland 337,778 30 June 2021 [7] Lublin18395.jpg
79 Alicante Spain 337,304 1 January 2021 [2] Puerto de Alicante desde el Castillo de Santa Bárbara.JPG
80 Bielefeld Germany 333,509 31 December 2020 [1] Bielefeld City.jpg
81 Bonn Germany 330,579 31 December 2020 [1] Bonn-center-2016-01.jpg
82 Cluj-Napoca Romania 328,316 1 July 2021 [4] Romania-2382 - View from Hotel (7794313314).jpg
83 Thessaloniki Greece 325,182 30 June 2011 [14] Panorama solun.JPG
84 Córdoba Spain 322,071 1 January 2021 [2] Córdoba vista aérea.jpg
85 Nantes France 318,808 1 January 2019 [5] Panorama depuis tour Dobree.jpg
86 Timișoara Romania 318,296 1 July 2021 [4] Festivalul Inimilor Timișoara.jpg
87 Bari Italy 317,205 1 January 2021 [3] Bari AltstadtPanorama.jpg
88 Münster Germany 316,403 31 December 2020 [1] Münster (9277320495) (3).jpg
89 Mannheim Germany 309,721 31 December 2020 [1] Mannheim NUB city2.jpg
90 Karlsruhe Germany 308,436 31 December 2020 [1] Karlsruhe town centre air.jpg
91 Constanța Romania 306,607 1 July 2021 [4] National History Museum in Constanţa (27654665352).jpg
92 Galați Romania 304,957 1 July 2021 [4] DunareaSiPalatulNavigatiei.jpg
93 Catania Italy 300,356 1 January 2021 [3] Catania-Etna-Sicilia-Italy-Castielli CC0 HQ1.JPG
94 Vila Nova de Gaia Portugal 300,018 31 December 2020 [21] Vila Nova de Gaia 063DSC 0212 (49048680592) (cropped).jpg

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