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Largest Cities In Europe

The largest city in Europe is Istanbul, Turkey, with a population of 14.7 million people.

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Europe has a relatively slow-growing population compared to other continents of the world. If we observe the data on the most populous cities in Europe, we find that three cities of Europe make it across the 10 million-strong population mark, while ten cities have a population of 3 million or more. The largest city in Europe is Istanbul, Turkey, with a population of 14.7 million people. After Turkey comes Moscow, Russia, followed by Paris France. All of the numbers cited come from the United Nations' Population Division

Largest City In Europe

What is the Biggest City in Europe?

The largest city in Europe is Istanbul, Turkey, which has a population of 14.7 million people.

Istanbul is sometimes not included in the list of the most populated cities in Europe, as the city is technically located in Eurasia. However, over 60% of Istanbul's population is found on the European side of the city. Istanbul, a historic city whose development dates back to at least the time of the Silk Road, has seen a steady increase in population since the post-war era. Today, it counts 14.7 million people as its inhabitants in its metropolitan area.

Second on the list of Europe's most populated cities is Moscow, with a population of 12.4 in its metropolitan area. Moscow serves as a major economic, political, cultural and scientific center, and a bridge of sorts between Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and Asia. This is the reason for the city’s enormous population, despite Moscow being one of the northernmost and coldest metropolises on Earth. Moscow is ranked as an "alpha global city", meaning it has one of the world’s largest urban economies. In the past, the city has served as the capital of major empires, and currently is the seat of power of the Russian Government.

European National Capitals Dominate The List

A number of entries on the list of Europe's most populated cities are country capitals. For example, Paris and London, the capitals of France and the United Kingdom, each have metropolitan populations of around 10 million. Both of these cities are famous for their world-class infrastructure, high living standards, thriving economies, cultural richness, and multiculturalism. All of these factors act as huge crowd pullers, attracting immigrants from all over the globe to these cities. Other capitals to be featured on the list with large metro areas include Madrid, Spain, Barcelona, Spain, and Saint Petersburg, Russia. 

Future Trends Of Major Cities

The growth of the European population is predicted to be slow in the coming years when compared to the population growth of other continents. It is estimated to be seen peaking in 2050 and then declining afterwards. City planners in Europe will look to ensure that the population of Europe's cities will continue to be able to enjoy the high standards of living offered in these cities.

Largest City Metro Populations In Europe

RankCityCountryPopulation (Millions)
1IstanbulTurkey14.7
2MoscowRussia12.4
3ParisFrance10.9
4LondonUnited Kingdom9.0
5MadridSpain6.5
6BarcelonaSpain5.5
7Saint PetersburgRussia5.4
8RomeItaly4.2
9BerlinGermany3.6
10AthensGreece3.2

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