Denmark Population 2017

5,743,781

Denmark is the southernmost Nordic country in Northern Europe, where it's bordered by Germany, Norway and Sweden. The Kingdom of Denmark is comprised of the country of Denmark, which consists of Jutland, a peninsula, and a large archipelago, as well as two autonomous constituent countries: Greenland and the Faroe Islands. In 2017, Denmark has an estimated population of 5.73 million, which ranks 113th in the world.

Unlike some other countries in the world, Denmark has enjoyed a relatively steady growth in population since records began. Back in 1769, it was shown that numbers here had reached 797,584 and by 1787, they had climbed marginally to 841,806.

The population of Denmark had exceeded one million by 1834 when it was claimed that 1,230,964 people were living here. Similar growth continued throughout the 19th century to the point where the Denmark population had climbed to 2,449,540.

That steady but unremarkable increase had generally been the story of Denmark to the point today where it has reached a population of 5.73 million. This population does not include Greenland (56,300) or the Faroe Islands (49,700).

Denmark has a population density of 131 people per square kilometer (339/square mile), which ranks 88th in the world.

The largest city and capital of Denmark is Copenhagen, which has an urban population of 1.2 million and a metro population of 1.99 million. The population density in Copenhagen is 6,800 people per square kilometer, or 18,000 per square mile. Copenhagen has one of the best universities in Europe and it was recently ranked as the third richest city by gross earnings.

Denmark Demographics

Nearly 90% of Denmark's population is comprised of people of Danish descent, which means having at least one parent born in the country with Danish citizenship. Most of the remaining 10% are immigrants or the descendants of recent immigrants, most of whom came from Turkey, Somalia, Iraq, South Asia, the Middle East, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. About 34% of the non-Danish citizens have a Western background.

The Denmark population also enjoys a relatively healthy life expectancy rate and it rates 45th in the world in this respect. The overall average is 78.3 years and this can be split between males at 75.6 years and females at 80.78 years.

Denmark is often ranked as the world's happiest country due to its low income inequality and excellent health care and education.

Denmark Population Projections

Denmark has really provided steady figures throughout its history and although the population growth is slow and sometimes negative from year to year, it is normally steady and fairly reliable. The organisation that is Statistics Denmark should therefore show that the population should breach the six million mark for the first time within the next ten years.

Denmark Population in 2018Source: By Old Dane (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision, Medium Variant)

Denmark Population Growth

Denmark has really provided steady figures throughout its history and although the population growth is slow and sometimes negative from year to year, it is normally steady and fairly reliable. The organisation that is Statistics Denmark should therefore show that the population should breach the six million mark for the first time within the next ten years.

About Denmark

Official NameKingdom of Denmark
Languages SpokenDanish
BordersDEU
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude5610
Currencies UsedDKK

Denmark Population Density

Name Population
Copenhagen1,153,615
Arhus237,551
Odense145,931
Aalborg122,219
Frederiksberg95,029
Esbjerg72,205
Randers55,780
Kolding55,363
Vejle51,177
Horsens50,074
Hvidovre49,380
Greve47,671
Herning44,763
Roskilde44,285
Silkeborg41,674
Naestved40,660
Charlottenlund40,000
Ballerup40,000
Vanlose37,115
Fredericia36,946
Horsholm36,670
Helsingor35,048
Viborg34,831
Koge33,885
Holstebro32,072
Slagelse31,896
Taastrup30,977
Hillerod30,853
Albertslund30,000
Rodovre30,000
Svendborg27,553
Sonderborg27,033
Hjorring24,634
Holbaek24,544
Frederikshavn24,103
Haderslev20,825
Skive20,815
Glostrup20,673
Ringsted20,188
Stenlose19,998
Ishoj19,453
Birkerod18,901
Farum18,376
Nykobing Falster16,807
Aabenraa16,344
Kalundborg15,939
Nyborg15,826
Lillerod15,359
Korsor15,029
Solrod Strand14,845
Ikast14,692
Frederikssund14,564
Grenaa14,317
Nakskov14,081
Ronne13,890
Middelfart13,596
Skanderborg13,543
Vallensbaek13,500
Thisted13,020
Vaerlose12,842
Varde12,735
Frederiksvaerk12,176
Bronderslev11,671
Espergaerde11,358
Struer11,317
Flong11,108
Hobro11,064
Dragor11,045
Odder11,009
Kongens Lyngby10,600
Haslev10,588
Christianshavn10,140
Hedensted10,048
Tarnby10,000
Jyllinge9,981
Skagen9,747
Smorumnedre9,507
Grindsted9,414
Nykobing Mors9,326
Ringkobing9,315
Vordingborg9,131
Lystrup9,107
Humlebaek8,965
Hundested8,615
Trorod8,576
Vejen8,525
Malov8,513
Saeby8,435
Fredensborg8,249
Niva8,035
Vojens8,019
Ribe7,983
Tonder7,841
Aars7,771
Ebeltoft7,501
Nordborg7,406
Bjerringbro7,390
Helsinge7,354
Lemvig7,330
Tranbjerg7,307
Faaborg7,239
Soro7,167
Skjern7,145
Hinnerup7,055
Hadsten7,020
Slangerup6,829
Bramming6,726
Hirtshals6,653
Skaelskor6,455
Brande6,357
Stovring6,239
Billund6,160
Hammel6,138
Horning6,085
Assens6,053
Gilleleje5,799
Kerteminde5,748
Stavnsholt5,658
Neder Holluf5,612
Nykobing Sjaelland5,596
Rodekro5,452
Maribo5,349
Olstykke5,348
Hellebaek5,243
Munkebo5,225
Tune5,168
Hadsund5,066
Kolt5,061
Logten5,048

Denmark Population Clock

What is the population of Denmark (as of 12/12/2017)?5,743,781
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)5,733,551
Births Per Day166
Deaths Per Day149
Net Migrations Per Day 45
Net Change Per Day 62
Population Change Since January 1st21,452

Denmark Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 10.62 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 9.533 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate 2.878 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 80.756 years
Male Life Expectancy 78.828 years
Female Life Expectancy 82.664 years
Total Fertility Rate 1.756 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 0.848 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.056 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 3.067 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 3.568 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 30.928 years
Rate of Natural Increase 1.087
Median Age (Total) 42 years
Median Age (Female) 43 years
Median Age (Male) 41.1 years

Denmark Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20175,733,55149.74%50.26%1331140.39%
20155,688,69549.73%50.27%1321130.48%
20105,554,84449.62%50.38%1291110.49%
20055,421,70249.53%50.47%1261090.30%
20005,341,19449.48%50.52%1241050.41%
19955,232,70449.40%50.60%1211030.35%
19905,141,11549.32%50.68%1191010.10%
19855,114,24349.29%50.71%11996-0.04%
19805,123,94549.39%50.61%119920.24%
19755,062,72949.54%50.46%117870.53%
19704,931,24149.66%50.34%114830.71%
19654,760,46049.58%50.42%110790.77%
19604,581,10149.62%50.38%106750.62%
19554,440,77849.63%50.37%103750.80%
19504,268,27149.60%50.40%99740.00%

Denmark Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20205,796,80049.73%50.27%1351150.00%
20255,913,08549.72%50.28%1371170.40%
20306,024,51649.72%50.28%1401200.37%
20356,117,85049.73%50.27%1421220.31%
20406,192,28349.78%50.22%1441210.24%
20456,254,37849.84%50.16%1451210.20%
20506,314,40249.89%50.11%1471210.19%
20556,375,32949.98%50.02%1481210.19%
20606,437,64750.05%49.95%1491200.19%
20656,503,11550.13%49.87%1511200.20%
20706,569,35550.20%49.80%1521190.20%
20756,632,07950.25%49.75%1541180.19%
20806,686,35350.28%49.72%1551180.16%
20856,728,68450.30%49.70%1561190.13%
20906,759,80150.33%49.67%1571180.09%
20956,787,53650.37%49.63%1581160.08%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer