Biggest Cities In Denmark

The city skyline of Copenhagen features many towers and spires.
The city skyline of Copenhagen features many towers and spires.

A Scandinavian country, Denmark is located in Europe and is south of Norway and southwest of Sweden. The country has a total area of 42,924 square km and houses a population of 5.7 million. Denmark’s residents enjoy a high standard of living and the country excels in the fields of education, healthcare, governance, civil liberties, and prosperity. Denmark is among the world’s least corrupt countries and has one of the highest per capita incomes and highest levels of income equality in the world. Thus, the cities of Denmark are also some of the world’s best cities in terms of living conditions, infrastructure, health and education facilities, and other related factors.

The Five Biggest Cities In Denmark


Copenhagen is the biggest and capital city of Denmark situated on the Zealand island’s eastern coast. A small section of the city is also located on the Amager Island. Copenhagen was founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village. Since then, the city witnessed several periods of ups and downs till it finally emerged as one of the most developed and happiest cities of the world in the current century. The city is home to several major universities of the country like the University of Copenhagen, Technical University of Denmark, and more. It is one of the world's greenest cities and is also famous for being bicycle-friendly. The Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup is the largest airport in the Nordic countries. The city houses major attractions like Rosenborg Castle Gardens, Tivoli Gardens, the Little Mermaid Statue, several restaurants, nightclubs, and museums.


Ranking second among the biggest cities in Denmark, Aarhus is located on the Jutland Peninsula’s east coast, 187 km northwest of Copenhagen. The city was founded as a fortified Viking settlement in the 8th century. The industrial revolution led to the rapid development of the city, and today it is the economic and cultural core of the region. The city ranks among the top 100 conference cities in the world. Aarhus is the country’s important industrial port and trade hub with major Danish companies having their headquarters in the city. It is an important research and education center, and the Aarhus University is a major university in the country. The city is also associated with a rich musical history.


The third largest Danish city of Odense is located on the island of Funen, 167 km southwest of Copenhagen. The area in and around the city has a long history of settlement of over 4,000 years. Odense houses some of the major industries of the region like the GASA and the Albani Brewery. The tourist attractions here include the Odense Palace, Odense Theatre, Hans Christian Andersen Museum, the Odense Symphony Orchestra, etc.


Aalborg ranks fourth among the biggest cities in Denmark. The industrial and university city is located in the North of Jutland, 118 km north of Aarhus. Aarhus has served as an important harbor since the Middle Ages and later became a major industrial center in the country. The city’s architecture displays half-timbered mansions that were built by wealthy merchants of the past. Aalborg is an important cultural hub in the country and houses several museums, palaces, orchestras, theaters, and more. The end of May Aalborg Festival is one of the biggest festivals held in the Scandinavian region.


The city of Frederiksberg is an affluent Danish town that is part of the Capital Region of the country. There are vast tracts of green spaces in the town and some attractions considered to be part of Copenhagen like the Copenhagen Zoo are actually part of Frederiksberg.

Which Are The Biggest CIties In Denmark?

1Copenhagen , Capital Region1,153,615
2Aarhus , Central Jutland237,551
3Odense , South Denmark145,931
4Aalborg , North Denmark122,219
5Frederiksberg , Capital Region95,029
6Esbjerg , South Denmark72,205
7Randers , Central Jutland55,780
8Kolding , South Denmark55,363
9Vejle , South Denmark51,177
10Horsens , Central Jutland50,074

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