Largest metropolitan areas in the Nordic countries

Largest metropolitan areas in the Nordic countries

The largest metropolitan areas in the Nordic countries are difficult to rank in size because the definition patterns are different from country to country.

By any definition, the metropolitan areas of Copenhagen and Stockholm will rank in top, but it is debatable which one is bigger. For example, Metropolitan Stockholm includes vast rural areas, whereas the Stockholm urban area covers only the continuously built-up area. There are various common definitions of Metropolitan Copenhagen: the former Danish Capital Region/Copenhagen metropolitan area (defunct), followed by the smaller Capital Region of Denmark, or the yet smaller Metropolitan Copenhagen.

The East Jutland metropolitan area was in 2006 defined in reports from the Danish government as one coherent urban area. the biggest reason for this is the growth that municipalities along the E45 motorway are experiencing.

Similarly, some other metropolitan areas are not defined by any fixed guidelines but rather by an estimate of economical and commuter ties between one or several cities and the surrounding region. In some cases, towns have coined names for new metropolitan regions for PR purposes.

Contrarily, the largest urban areas in the Nordic countries can be ranked by more general criteria.

Largest metropolitan areas

Rank Metropolitan Area Country Main city Population Area (km²) Population density Image
1. Metropolitan Stockholm[1][2]  Sweden Stockholm 2,073,952 6,519 km² 318.1/km² Sotck2.jpg
2. Copenhagen metropolitan area  Denmark Copenhagen 1,901,789 3,030 km² 627.7/km² Kopenhagen Innenstadt.JPG
3. Greater Oslo Region  Norway Oslo 1,422,443 8,900 km² 160/km² Oslo port.jpg
4. Greater Helsinki  Finland Helsinki 1,325,501 3 563.6 km² 368.5/km² Suurkirkko Helsinki maaliskuu 2002 IMG 0629.JPG
5. East Jutland metropolitan area[3]  Denmark Aarhus 1,245,046 9,997 km² 124/km² Århus city trafikhavn.jpg
6. Metropolitan Gothenburg[4]  Sweden Gothenburg 928,629 3,717 km² 249.8/km² Älvsborgsbron.jpg
7. Metropolitan Malmö[5][6]  Sweden Malmö 656,355 2,536 km² 258.8/km² Malmo view2.jpg
8. Greater Bergen Region  Norway Bergen 375,489 2,755 km² 136/km² Ulriken view.jpg
9. Tampere sub-region  Finland Tampere 341,131 3,776.16 km² 90.4/km² Downtown Tampere1.jpg
10. Turku sub-region  Finland Turku 303,492 2,331 km² 130.2/km² View from Turku Cathedral tower.jpg
11. Stavanger Region  Norway Stavanger 275,814 2,598 km² 106/km² Vaagen-modf.jpg
12. Trondheim Region  Norway Trondheim 260,364 7,295 km² 35/km² TrondheimFromRoofOfNidarosdomen-improved.jpg
13. Oulu sub-region  Finland Oulu 212,045 5,451 km² 39/km² Uleåborg 2004-04-24.jpg
14. Greater Reykjavík Area  Iceland Reykjavik 198,782 1,042 km² 187.4/km² Reykjavík séð úr Hallgrímskirkju 6.JPG
15. Mjøsa Cities  Norway Ringsaker 175,453 6,026 km² 29/km² Mjoesa-hamar.jpg
16. Lahti sub-region  Finland Lahti 170,403 3,804 km² 44.8/km² Centre of Lahti.JPG

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