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This is a list of cities in the Nordic countries by population. The population is measured on a national level, independently by each statistical bureau. Statistics Sweden uses the term tätort (urban settlement), Statistics Denmark uses byområde (city), while Statistics Norway uses tettsted (urban settlement). In Denmark and Sweden, these terms are defined as a continuous built-up area whose population is at least 200 inhabitants and where the maximum distance between residences is 200 metres. In Norway, the maximum distance is 50 meters, but distances up to 400 meters are used in certain circumstances. Many urban areas throughout the Nordic countries have witnessed conurbation and grown together. This is particularly true for the larger cities.

The 50 most highly populated urban areas in the Nordic countriesEdit

Rank City/urban settlement Population Notes
01 22x20px Stockholm 1,252,020 (municipality: 829,417) Capital of Sweden. The Stockholm urban area consists of the municipalities of Stockholm, Solna and Sundbyberg, as well as parts of Botkyrka, Danderyd, Haninge, Huddinge, Järfälla, Nacka, Sollentuna, Tyresö municipalities.
02 22x20px Copenhagen 1,181,239 (municipality: 530,902) Capital of Denmark. Greater Copenhagen, or Hovedstadsområdet (capital area) as it is also called in Danish, 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 the Ballerup, Søllerød, Værløse Ishøj and Greve municipalities.
03 22x20px Helsinki 1,029,773 (municipality: 580,579) Capital of Finland. Numbers include the neighbouring municipalities Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen.
04 22x20px Oslo 907,288 (municipality: 590,041) Capital of Norway and centre of metropolitan area Greater Oslo Region, which has a population of 1,422,443. Conurbation includes the neighboring municipalities Bærum, Asker, Skedsmo, Lørenskog and Oppegård in their entirety, as well as parts of Røyken, Sørum, Nittedal, Rælingen and Ski.
05 22x20px Gothenburg 510,491 Municipality: 506,083. For the entire metropolitan area: 915,983
06 22x20px Malmö 258,020 Municipality: 291,574. For the entire metropolitan area: 635,224
07 22x20px Bergen 256,580 Municipality: 252,051. For the entire metropolitan area: 377,116
08 22x20px Århus 239,865 Municipality: 307,000. For the entire metropolitan area: 1,228,398
09 22x20px Turku 236,226 Municipality: 174,422. Includes the neighboring municipalities Kaarina, Naantali and Raisio.
10 22x20px Tampere 209,748 For the entire metropolitan area: 392,288
11 22x20px Reykjavik 195,000 Capital of Iceland. Municipality: 120,165. Includes the neighboring municipalities Kópavogur, Hafnarfjörður, Garðabær and Seltjarnarnes.
12 22x20px Stavanger 189,828 Municipality: 121,325. Metropolitan area: 297,569. Conurbation includes the neighboring municipalities Sandnes, Randaberg and Sola.
13 22x20px Trondheim 160,072 Municipality: 168,988
14 22x20px Odense 158,678 Neder Holluf has been included in Odense for the 2006 count and Seden for the 2007 count.
15 22x20px Uppsala 144,839 Municipality: 190,668
16 22x20px Oulu 137,370
17 22x20px Jyväskylä 128,114 -
18 22x20px Aalborg 122,461 Municipality: 196,292
19 22x20px Västerås 107,005 -
20 22x20px Fredrikstad/ Sarpsborg 101,698 Fredrikstad with 70,926 inhabitants and Sarpsborg with 50,135 have grown together, to form an urban area known as "Nedre Glommaregionen" (the Lower Glomma Region - The cities are placed along the outlet of the river Glomma, hence the name).
21 22x20px Lahti 100,444 -
22 22x20px Örebro 98,237 -
23 22x20px Linköping 97,428 -
24 22x20px Drammen 96,563 Includes the neighboring municipality Nedre Eiker in its entirety, as well as parts of Øvre Eiker, Lier and Røyken.
25 22x20px Kuopio 91,845 -
26 22x20px Helsingborg 91,457 -
27 22x20px Kouvola 88,396 -
28 22x20px Skien 86,923 Includes the neighboring municipality Porsgrunn in its entirety, as well as a part of Bamble.
29 22x20px Jönköping 84,423 -
30 22x20px Norrköping 83,561 -
31 22x20px Pori 76,562 -
32 22x20px Lund 76,188 -
33 22x20px Umeå 75,645 -
34 22x20px Joensuu 72,167 -
35 22x20px Esbjerg 71,025 -
36 22x20px Lappeenranta 70,210 -
37 22x20px Gävle 68,700 -
38 22x20px Kristiansand 67,547 Municipality: 78,320
39 22x20px Hämeenlinna 66,257 -
40 22x20px Borås 63,441 -
41 22x20px Södertälje 60,279 -
42 22x20px Eskilstuna 60,185 -
43 22x20px Randers 59,842 -
44 22x20px Rovaniemi 59,274 -
45 22x20px Vaasa 58,607 -
46 22x20px Täby 58,593 -
47 22x20px Karlstad 58,544 -
48 22x20px Seinäjoki 56,578 -
49 22x20px Kolding 56,249 -
50 22x20px Halmstad 55,688 -

Note that the population numbers from the different countries are from different years, as Statistics Norway and Statistics Denmark release the statistic yearly (albeit at different times of the year), Statistics Sweden only release the figures every five years.

Therefore, the Norwegian data is from the 2007 census, the Danish data is from 2006 and the Swedish from 2005.

See alsoEdit