List of cities in Denmark by population

List of cities in Denmark by population

Is Denmark your next destination for setting up a business or marketing your product? How about you start by finding out details about the cities in Denmark? Such information will help you plan your visit by choosing the specific cities that you can explore.

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The population in Denmark is measured by Statistics Denmark, a government organization that refers a city as an administrative area which is actually a contiguous built-up area containing a maximum distance of 200 meters between one house to another. Here are the cities in Denmark by population.

1. Copenhagen

Copenhagen is the most populous and the capital city of the country. As of January 2017, it had a population of 777,218 people. Copenhagen is located on the eastern coast of Zealand Island. There is a smaller portion of the capital city which is located on Amager. The portion is separated from Malmo by the Oresund Strait. The two cities are connected by rail and road by the Oresund Bridge. The city houses Opera House, University of Copenhagen, S-train routes and station, Amager Strandpark, and Tojhus Museum.

2. Aarhus

Aarhus is the second-largest city in the land of the Danes. The city is the seat of Aarhus Municipality which is located on the east coast of Jutland Peninsula. In the northwest side, the city borders Copenhagen while in the north, it borders Hamburg, Germany. As of January 2017, it had a population of 273,077 people. Aarhus is the largest center for trade in Denmark and the cultural and economic core of the region. The city houses the Port of Aarhus, ARoS Art Museum, Old Town Museum, Aarhus School of Marine and Technical Engineering, Navitas Park and Tivoli Friheden.

3. Odense

Odense is the third largest city in the country and also the most abundant and principal city in Funen Island. As of January 2017, the population of the city was 176,683. The city houses the University of Southern Denmark, Port of Odense, several major industries including Albani Brewery, Odense Theatre, and Hans Christian Andersen Museum. Odense is located 45 kilometres (28 mi) north of Svendborg, 144 kilometers to the south of Aarhus and 167 kilometers away from Copenhagen.

4. Aalborg

This is the fourth largest city with a population of 113, 417. By road, Aalborg is 64 km southwest of Frederikshavn, and 118 kilometers to the north of Aarhus. The city houses opera company, performance venues, the Aalborg Historical Museum, symphony orchestra, the Aalborg Carnival, University of Aalborg, University College of Northern Denmark, Royal School of Library and Information Science, and Aalborg University Hospital.

5. Esbjerg

Esbjerg is the seat of Esbjerg Municipality. It is the fifth largest city in Denmark and the largest in west Jutland. It is also a seaport. The city is 71 kilometers west of Kolding and 164 kilometres southwest of Aarhus. Esbjerg had a population of 72, 261 people as of January 1st, 2017. Other than fishing activities, the city has become a center of agricultural exports. The city houses Esbjerg Airport, several museums including Esbjerg Art Museum, fisheries, Maritime Museum, a branch of University of Southern Denmark and Aalborg University, Blue Water Arena, and Granly Hockey Arena.

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6. Randers

Randers is the sixth largest city in Denmark with a population of 62,563 as per January 2017 statistics. The city is 38.5 kilometers to the north of Aarhus, 224 kilometers to the northwest side of Copenhagen, and 43.8 kilometers to the east of Viborg. Randers is a famous tourist destination since it has a tropical zoo. The zoo is covered with an artificial rainforest which has over 350 varieties of plants and 175 varieties of animals. The major city houses the following: AutoC Park Randers, Thor Breweries, a train factory, The Snakes Garden, and Museum Ostjylland.

7. Kolding

This is one of the biggest cities in Denmark which have a seaport. Kolding lies at the head of Kolding Fjord in southern Denmark. Its population as of 2017 was 60,300. From statistics, this forms the 7th largest city in the country. It is mainly a transportation, manufacturing, commercial and an industrial center. This is largely promoted by the fact that the city has a very active seaport. Its major exports include textiles and livestock products. The city houses a branch of the University of Southern Denmark, Design School Kolding, and prestigious museums.

8. Horsens

Horsens is the 8th largest city in Denmark and has a population of 58, 480 people as of 1st January 2017. It is located on the east of Jutland and seats on Horsens Municipality. The population density of the city is estimated to be 300 people/square kilometer. Many people all over the world know the city for its entertainment and cultural events. The 8th largest city houses the famous Horsens New Theatre that holds more than 200 events every year, VIA University College, and a prison museum.

9. Vejle

Vejle makes it to position nine in our list with a population of 55,876 people as of January 1st, 2017. It is located in the southern part of the Jutland Peninsula just at the head of Fjord of Vejle where River Grejs and Vejle valleys converge to become one. Additionally, the city is part of the Triangle Region which includes Kolding and Fredericia Cities. Tourists know the city for its hills which are forested, iconic windmills, shopping, a harbor, and a pedestrian mall. It houses one of the largest chewing gum factory in the world, a number of software companies, Vejle Music Hall, Vejle Station, and the wave apartment complex.

10. Roskilde

Roskilde is the 10th largest city in Denmark and has a population of 50,393 people with a density of 240 persons/kilometer as of January 1st, 2017. It is located 30 kilometers away from Copenhagen to the west on the Zealand Island. The region is known to be a business and also an education center. It houses Roskilde BEC (Bankers EDB Central), Scandinavian Pizza Company, Technical University of Denmark, CAT (Center for Avanceret Teknologi), Scandic Hotel Roskilde, UNESCO World Heritage site, Roskilde Palace, Roskilde Museum, Roskilde Convent, and Viking Ship Museum.

11. Herning

Herning makes it to number 11 on our list with a population of 49,229 and a density of 37 people per kilometer as of January 1st, 2017. The Danish city is located in Midtjylland region. It houses many small-scale textile and furniture industries, Messecenter Herning, Carl-Henning Pedersen Museum, Else Alfelts Museum, MCH Arena, Karup Airport, and Skarrildhus Estate.

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12. Horsholm

Horsholm is one of the wealthiest cities in Denmark. The city has a population of 47,294 people as of 2017 with a density of 31 people/SQUARE kilometer. It lies on the Oresund Coast, around 25 kilometers to the north of Denmark’s capital city. It houses the following: Horsholm Slotshave Park, Horsholm Arboretum, University of Copenhagen Faculty of Science branch, the largest cemetery in the country, DTU Science Park, and Rungsted Kyst Station.

13. Helsingor

In English, the city is popularly known as Elsinore and it is located in eastern Denmark. In January 2017, the city had a population of 47,123 people and a density of 510 people/square kilometer. The city is popularly known for its castle Kronborg where William Shakespeare performed his famous play, Hamlet. The city houses Wiibroe Brewery, Danish Maritime Museum, and a cultural harbor known as Kronborg.

14. Silkeborg

Silkeborg is the fourteenth largest city in Denmark that had a population of 44,333 people as of January 1st, 2017. The Danish city is located in the middle of Jutlandic Peninsula, barely west of Denmark geographical center. It is situated in a hilly and lush landscape where River Gudena passes through. It is also surrounded by a large forest in the country together with numerous lakes. Additionally, the city is divided into two by a lake known as Silkeborg Langso. Silkeborg houses a large number of car dealers, Jyske Bank which is the third largest bank in Denmark, a museum, city square, the lake fountains, and Midtjyllands Lufthavn Airport.

15. Naestved

This is one of the cities in Denmark that has a notable significant population. The town is located on the Zealand Island in Denmark and had a population of 43,243 as of 2017. The city is known to have several adult education institutions, 5 elementary schools, one of the biggest high schools in the whole country, Naestved Gymnasium & HF. The city houses 5 churches, House of Students, museums, a mega shopping center, and a city center entertainment center.

16. Fredericia

Fredericia makes it to number sixteen on our list of cities in Denmark by population. The Danish city is located in the southern-eastern part of the Jutland Peninsula in Denmark. It is part of the Triangle Area (Trekantsomradet) and was founded in 1650 by Frederick III. The city had a population of 40,461 as of January 2017. The city houses major barracks, Royal Danish Army, and largest traffic hubs in Denmark.

17. Viborg

Viborg is located in the center of Jutland and acts as a capital city for both Region Midtjylland and Viborg Municipality. The city has a population of a population of 40,371 inhabitants and hosts major organizations and structures in Denmark. Some of them include Viborg Cathedral, Cathedral School, best gymnasiums, The Animation Workshop, and numerous handball clubs.

18. Koge

Koge makes it to position eighteen in our list of cities in Denmark by population. The city had a population of 30,864 as of 1st January 2017 and serves as a seaport on the Koge Bugt coast. The town is 39 km to the southwest of Copenhagen. As of May 2019, Koge will be the center of Denmark’s transport system due to the completion of the new railway system. The Danish city houses Kos Museum of art in public spaces, market square, Heifolge Stadium, and the statue of King Frederik VI.

19. Holstebro

Holstebro is one of the cities in Denmark that have a huge population. The city is bisected by Storaen and had a population of 35,867 as of January 1st, 2017. Today, the city is an industrial, trading, and a cultural center. It has numerous industries that manufacture machinery, iron and also foodstuffs. The Danish city houses Holstebro Idraetspark, Holstebro Railway Station, and Grakjaer Arena.

The population of other notable cities in Denmark

As we all expect, Denmark is a developed country. Therefore, most of its cities are well developed with adequate infrastructure. In developed countries, most of the population lives in urban areas. Here are some small cities in Denmark with their population.

  • Frederikshavn – 23, 501
  • Haderslev – 21, 955
  • Hillerod – 32, 278
  • Hjorring – 25, 764
  • Holbaek – 28, 134
  • Norresundby – 22, 600
  • Ringsted – 22, 600
  • Slagelse – 34,154
  • Sonderborg – 27, 826
  • Svendborg – 27, 826

Despite Denmark being a small country, it has a massive population in its cities. The country also has a high population density per square kilometer. We really hope this list of cities Denmark by population will be of great help to you.

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