- Largest European cities and metropolitan areas
This is a list of the largest
metropolitan areas of Europe. The population figures for both the metropolitan area and central city are given.
In some cases, the list of
Largest urban areas of the European Unionwould give figures that better reflect common understanding of the different cities' sizes as the metropolitan areas include also non-urban and suburban areas and administrative borders for cities often cut across most urban areas. The list of Larger Urban Zones(LUZ) can also be consulted for an attempt by Eurostat, the European Union's statistical office, to provide harmonized data for EU metropolitan areas. The list below includes cities which are not part of the European Union and therefore do not benefit from the harmonized definition used by Eurostat and the different National Statistics Offices of the European Union.
The list also includes multicentric
conurbations that are not based on single central city. In addition, the numbers below are only rough projections based on historical growth rates. As in the rest of the world, metropolitan areas in Europe are much debated, and different sources will provide different statistics (including Wikipedia's own worldwide list of metropolitan areas by population). These figures should be seen as an interpretation, not as conclusive fact. In most cases, they are towards the top of the range of figures quoted for each metropolitan area. Some of these areas are very much regions rather than single settlements. Unless otherwise indicated, metropolitan area figures are estimates for 2008-01-01 from [http://www.world-gazetteer.com/wg.php?x=&men=gcis&lng=en&dat=32&geo=-4&srt=npan&col=aohdq&pt=a&va=&srt=pnan World Gazetteer] .
References and notes
Larger Urban Zones (LUZ) in the European Union
Largest urban areas of the European Unionfor the population of urban areas (and not metropolitan areas like here)
Largest cities of the European Union by population within city limitsfor only the cities proper, at the center of the metropolitan areas
* [http://www.top500.de/cities/ranks/page000.php Largest Cities (25,000+) of Europe by number of headquarters]
World largest cities
List of metropolitan areas by populationfor the world
Largest metropolitan areas in the Americas
List of the largest metropolitan areas in Africa
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