Largest cities of the European Union by population within city limits

Largest cities of the European Union by population within city limits

This is a list of the largest cities in the European Union by population within city limits. It deals exclusively with the areas within city administrative boundaries as opposed to urban areas or metropolitan areas.

The European Union is a political and economic union of twenty-seven member states, located primarily in Europe. It was established by the Treaty of Maastricht in 1993 upon the foundations of the pre-existing European Economic Community.

The European Union is composed of 27 independent sovereign countries which are known as member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. [cite web |title=European Countries |url= |publisher=Europa |accessdate=2007-09-05] The total population is almost 500 million citizens.

There are three official candidate countries, Croatia, the Republic of Macedonia, and Turkey; the western Balkan countries of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia are officially recognised as potential candidates.cite web |title=European Commission - Enlargement - Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries |publisher= Europa |url= |accessdate=2007-06-26] The disputed region of Kosovo has been granted similar status.cite web |title=EU/Kosovo Factsheet |publisher= European Union - Delegation of the European Commission to the United States|url= |accessdate=2007-03-27|format=PDF]


Note: Cities in bold are capital cities of their administrative countries. [The European Union statistics agency Eurostat does not gather information with regards to the population of cities within the member states, it is rather the task of national statistical agencies that gather such information every 5 to 10 years and that often make official estimates on the population of the cities. In some cases the regional, local and municipal authorities also gather such information.]

ee also

*Larger Urban Zones in the European Union
*Largest European cities and metropolitan areas
*Largest urban areas of the European Union
*List of cities proper by population
*List of metropolitan areas by population
*List of urban areas by population
*World's largest cities


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