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 limits. The cities listed all have populations over 300,000 and total. 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 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. 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 city limits[edit]

Cities in bold are capital cities of their respective countries.

City Member State Official
population
Date of census Reference Photography
Berlin  Germany 3,769,495 31 December 2019 [1] Berlin Skyline Fernsehturm 02.jpg
Madrid  Spain 3,348,536 1 February 2020 [2] 001813 - Madrid (4317078136) (cropped).jpg
Rome  Italy 2,856,133 31 December 2018 [3] Rom, Blick vom Giardino degli Aranci zum Kapitol.JPG
Bucharest  Romania 2,151,665 1 January 2020 [4] Bucharest city center.jpg
Paris  France 2,140,526 1 January 2019 [5][6] Paris vue d'ensemble tour Eiffel.jpg
Vienna  Austria 1,911,728 1 January 2020 [7] Stephansdom Vienna July 2008 (27)-Stephansdom Vienna July 2008 (31).jpg
Hamburg  Germany 1,841,179 31 December 2018 [8] Hamburg Rathaus.jpg
Warsaw  Poland 1,793,579 30 June 2020 [9] Warsaw (19130300421).jpg
Budapest  Hungary 1,752,286 1 January 2019 [10] Széchenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest at night.jpg
Barcelona  Spain 1,620,343 31 January 2018 [11] Barcelona from Sagrada Familia (2) (cropped).JPG
Munich  Germany 1,484,226 31 December 2019 [12] Stadtbild München.jpg
Milan  Italy 1,404,239 31 December 2019 [3] Milano skyline.jpg
Prague  Czech Republic 1,324,277 1 January 2020 [13] Night view of the Castle and Charles Bridge, Prague - 8034.jpg
Sofia  Bulgaria 1,241,675 15 March 2018 [14] Party House by night, Sofia (by Pudelek, cropped by ArionEstar).JPG
Cologne  Germany 1,085,664 31 December 2018 [15][16] Nightview of Cologne Cathedrale across the River Rhine.jpg
Stockholm  Sweden 974,073 31 December 2019 [17] Stadshus-Panorama 2.jpg
Naples  Italy 959,188 31 December 2018 [3] Napoli6.png
Turin  Italy 875,698 31 December 2018 [3] Turin monte cappuccini.jpg
Amsterdam  Netherlands 873,555 31 January 2020 [18] Amsterdam (5086325695).jpg
Marseille  France 862,211 1 January 2016 [5][19] Marseille-la-nuit-by-F.Laffont-feraud.jpg
Zagreb  Croatia 804,049 1 January 2018 [20] Zagreb (29255640143).jpg
Copenhagen  Denmark 794,128 1 January 2020 [21] Copenhagen Christiansborg IMG 5590.jpg
Valencia  Spain 791,413 31 January 2018 [11] La ciutat de València des del Micalet.JPG
Kraków  Poland 780,981 30 June 2020 [22] Sukiennice and Main Market Square Krakow Poland.JPG
Frankfurt  Germany 753,056 31 December 2018 [23] Skyline Frankfurt am Main 2015.jpg
Seville  Spain 688,711 1 January 2018 [11] Sevilla - March 2011 - 059.jpg
Łódź  Poland 677,286 30 June 2020 [24] Orion Business Tower - poziom.jpg
Zaragoza  Spain 666,880 1 January 2018 [11] Panorama of Zaragoza from the top of the cathedral (3847901093).jpg
Athens  Greece 664,046 31 January 2012 [25] Atenes i el mont Licabet des de l'Acròpoli.JPG
Palermo  Italy 663,401 31 December 2018 [3] Palermo 0454 2013.jpg
Rotterdam  Netherlands 651,870 31 January 2020 [18] 206 Rotterdam bridge.jpg
Helsinki  Finland 648,042 1 January 2019 [26] Southern Helsinki panorama 2011-06-28 1.jpg
Wrocław  Poland 643,782 30 June 2020 [27] Wrocław - Rynek 2015-12-25 12-44-18.JPG
Stuttgart  Germany 635,911 31 December 2019 [28] Stuttgart - panoramio (40).jpg
Riga  Latvia 632,614 1 January 2019 [29] Riga - Latvia.jpg
Düsseldorf  Germany 619,294 31 December 2018 [15][30] Düsseldorf, Marina Düsseldorf.JPG
Leipzig  Germany 587,857 31 December 2018 [31] Leipzig Fockeberg Zentrum.jpg
Dortmund  Germany 587,010 31 December 2018 [15][32] Dortmund Panorama.jpg
Essen  Germany 583,393 31 December 2017 [15][30] Essen-Panorama.jpg
Gothenburg  Sweden 579,281 31 December 2019 [17] Gothenburgbynight.jpg
Genoa  Italy 578,000 31 December 2018 [33] Torre della Lanterna vista dal moderno Centro Direzionale di Genova S. Benigno ed elicoidale.jpg
Málaga  Spain 571,026 13 January 2018 [11] Da Gibralfaro.jpg
Bremen  Germany 569,352 31 December 2018 [34] Bremen aerial view 9.JPG
Vilnius  Lithuania 557,440 1 July 2019 [35] Vilnius city.jpg
Dresden  Germany 554,649 31 December 2018 [31] Dresden Altstadt (5549941423).jpg
Dublin  Ireland 554,554 27 August 2019 [36] THE SAMUEL BECKETT BRIDGE 11 JANUARY 2018 (STILL TRYING FOR A UNIQUE IMAGE OF THIS BRIDGE)-135491 (39626174772).jpg
The Hague  Netherlands 545,273 31 January 2020 [18] Cityscape of The Hague, viewed from Het Plein (The Square).jpg
Hanover  Germany 538,068 31 December 2018 [37] Luftbild Hannover Rathaus.JPG
Poznań  Poland 533,830 30 June 2020 [38] Ayuntamiento, Poznan, Polonia, 2014-09-18, DD 73-75 HDR.jpg
Antwerp  Belgium 525,935 1 January 2019 [39] Grote Markt and Cathedral of Our Lady - Antwerp, Belgium - panoramio.jpg
Nuremberg  Germany 518,365 31 December 2018 [12] Nuremberg panorama morning 3.jpg
Lyon  France 515,695 31 January 2016 [5][40] Lyon vue depuis fourviere.jpg
Lisbon  Portugal 506,654 31 December 2018 [41] 2012-11-17 at 08-08-47 (8235529079).jpg
Duisburg  Germany 498,590 31 December 2018 [15][30] Duisburger Innenhafen Five Boats Abend 2014.jpg
Toulouse  France 479,638 1 January 2015 [5][42] Toulouse by night with Basilique Saint-Sernin.jpg
Gdańsk  Poland 471,525 30 June 2020 [43] Calle Dlugie Pobrzeze, Gdansk, Polonia, 2013-05-20, DD 07.jpg
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
Tallinn  Estonia 441,101 1 April 2019 [44] Tallinn sea.png
Bratislava  Slovakia 432,864 1 January 2019 [45] Bratislava Panorama R01.jpg
Palma de Mallorca  Spain 409,661 1 January 2018 [11] Bellver Castle 2008 Palma Mallorca 130.JPG
Szczecin  Poland 400,990 30 June 2020 [46] Nocny widok z wyspy Grodzkiej, Szczecin - panoramio.jpg
Bologna  Italy 390,636 31 December 2018 [3] Skyline of Bologna against the sunset.jpg
Brno  Czech Republic 381,346 1 January 2020 [13] Brno View from Spilberk 131.JPG
Iași  Romania 378,954 1 January 2018 [47] Palatculturaiasi.jpg
Florence  Italy 378,839 31 December 2018 [3] Sunset in Florence from the Piazza Michelangelo.jpg
Las Palmas  Spain 378,517 1 January 2018 [11] Las Palmas panorama.jpg
Bochum  Germany 364,628 31 December 2018 [15][32] Bergbaumuseum Bochum Pano.jpg
Utrecht  Netherlands 357,676 31 January 2020 [18] Panorama Utrecht.jpg
Wuppertal  Germany 354,382 31 December 2018 [15][30] Wuppertal ansicht.jpg
Aarhus  Denmark 349,977 1 October 2019 [48] Aarhus havnefront 20170902.jpg
Bydgoszcz  Poland 346,739 30 June 2020 [49] Bdg OperaNova noc 15 07-2013.jpg
Plovdiv  Bulgaria 346,893 31 December 2018 [50] Ancient theatre plovdiv-3.jpg
Bilbao  Spain 345,821 1 January 2018 [11] Panoramica bilbao.jpg
Malmö  Sweden 344,166 31 December 2019 [17] Central Malmö.JPG
Nice  France 342,637 1 January 2016 [5][51] Aerial view downtown Nice.jpg
Lublin  Poland 339,547 30 June 2020 [52] Lublin18395.jpg
Varna  Bulgaria 336,505 31 December 2018 [50] Varna Cathedral - 2.jpg
Bielefeld  Germany 333,786 31 December 2018 [15][53] Bielefeld City.jpg
Alicante  Spain 331,577 1 January 2018 [11] Puerto de Alicante desde el Castillo de Santa Bárbara.JPG
Timișoara  Romania 328,186 1 January 2018 [47] Timisoara - Catholic Dome in Union Square.jpg
Bonn  Germany 327,258 31 December 2018 [15][16] Bonn-center-2016-01.jpg
Córdoba  Spain 325,708 1 January 2018 [11] Córdoba vista aérea.jpg
Thessaloniki  Greece 325,182 30 June 2011 [25] Panorama solun.JPG
Cluj-Napoca  Romania 324,960 1 January 2018 [47] Biserica Mihail.JPG
Bari  Italy 320,862 31 December 2018 [3] Bari AltstadtPanorama.jpg
Constanța  Romania 317,832 1 January 2016 [47] National History Museum in Constanţa (27654665352).jpg
Münster  Germany 314,319 31 December 2018 [15][54] Münster (9277320495) (3).jpg
Karlsruhe  Germany 313,092 31 December 2018 [28] Karlsruhe schlossgarden.jpg
Catania  Italy 311,584 30 May 2018 [3] Catania-Etna-Sicilia-Italy-Castielli CC0 HQ1.JPG
Mannheim  Germany 309,370 31 December 2018 [28] Mannheim NUB city2.jpg
Nantes  France 306,694 1 January 2016 Panorama depuis tour Dobree.jpg
Galați  Romania 304,050 1 January 2018 [47] DunareaSiPalatulNavigatiei.jpg
Craiova  Romania 301,269 1 January 2018 [47] Palatul Constantin Mihail, (azi Muzeul de Artă) vedere centrală.JPG

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