List of urban areas in Denmark by population

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This is a list of urban areas in Denmark by population. For a list on cities in Denmark please see List of cities in Denmark by population.


The population is measured by Statistics Denmark for urban areas (Danish: byområder or bymæssige områder), which is defined as a contiguous built-up area with a maximum distance of 200 m between houses, unless further distance is caused by public areas, cemeteries or similar reasons. Furthermore, to obtain by-status, the area must have at least 200 inhabitants. [1] Some urban areas in Denmark have witnessed conurbation and grown together.

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Location of the most populous urban areas in Denmark
Red pog.svg Population of 1,000,000+ (Copenhagen)
Red pog.svg 100,000+ (Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg)
Red pog.svg 50,000+ (Esbjerg, Randers, Kolding, Horsens, Vejle, Roskilde and Herning)
Red pog.svg 20,000+ (23 cities, unlabeled)


Urban areas in Denmark with a population of more than 20,000 inhabitants as of 1 January 2020 [2]
#Diff.City/urban areaPopulation
2Steady2.svg0 Aarhus 280,534
3Steady2.svg0 Odense 180,302
4Steady2.svg0 Aalborg 117,351
5Steady2.svg0 Esbjerg 72,037
6Steady2.svg0 Randers 62,482
7Steady2.svg0 Kolding 61,121
8Steady2.svg0 Horsens 59,449
9Steady2.svg0 Vejle 57,655
10Steady2.svg0 Roskilde 51,262
11Steady2.svg0 Herning 50,332
12Steady2.svg0 Hørsholm 47,499
13Steady2.svg0 Helsingør (Elsinore)47,461
14Steady2.svg0 Silkeborg 46,923
15Steady2.svg0 Næstved 43,803
16Steady2.svg0 Fredericia 40,981
17Steady2.svg0 Viborg 40,778
18Steady2.svg0 Køge 37,754
19Steady2.svg0 Holstebro 36,643
20Steady2.svg0 Taastrup 34,364
21Steady2.svg0 Slagelse 34,015
22Steady2.svg0 Hillerød 33,398
23Steady2.svg0 Holbæk 28,833
24Steady2.svg0 Sønderborg 27,841
25Steady2.svg0 Svendborg 27,068
26Steady2.svg0 Hjørring 25,780
27Increase2.svg1 Nørresundby 23,546
28Decrease2.svg1 Frederikshavn 23,124
29Steady2.svg0 Ringsted 22,898
30Increase2.svg1 Haderslev 22,101
31Decrease2.svg1 Ølstykke-Stenløse 22,003
32Steady2.svg0 Birkerød 20,823
33Steady2.svg0 Skive 20,573
34Steady2.svg0 Farum 20,345
35Steady2.svg0 Smørumnedre 20,025

See also


  1. Hovedstadsområdet consists of the municipalities of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg, Albertslund, Brøndby, Gentofte, Gladsaxe, Glostrup, Herlev, Hvidovre, Lyngby-Taarbæk, Rødovre, Tårnby and Vallensbæk as well as parts of Ballerup, Rudersdal and Furesø municipalities, along with the cities of Ishøj and Greve.

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  1. Statistics Denmark, "Kvalitetsdeklaration: Byopgørelsen"
  2. "BY1: Population 1. January by urban areas, age and sex". Statistics Denmark . Retrieved 30 April 2020.