Denmark Population 2016

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 2015, Denmark has an estimated population of 5.66 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 5.66 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 Clock

What is the population of Denmark (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2016) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 167
Deaths Per Day 151
Net Migrations Per Day 42
Net Change Per Day 58
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

  • Population estimated based on interpolation of World Population Prospects data.

Denmark Population Indicators

Indicator Value World Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 10.68 births/thousand 159th
Crude Death Rate 9.612 deaths/thousand 48th
Crude Net Migration Rate 2.656 people/thousand 23rd
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 80.74 years 32nd
Life Expectancy (Male) 78.88 years 25th
Life Expectancy (Female) 82.57 years 34th
Total Fertility Rate 1.761 children/woman 144th
Net Reproduction Rate 0.85 surviving daughters/woman 141st
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.056 males per female 60th
Infant Mortality Rate 3.548 deaths/1,000 live births 162nd
Under Five Mortality 4.303 deaths/thousand 162nd
Mean Age at Childbearing 31.203 years 21st

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision)

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.

Denmark Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2016 5,690,750 49.6% 50.4% 134 63 0.37% 114
2015 5,669,081 49.6% 50.4% 133 63 0.38% 113
2010 5,550,959 49.6% 50.4% 130 61 0.46% 111
2005 5,417,691 49.5% 50.5% 127 58 0.42% 107
2000 5,338,283 49.5% 50.5% 125 55 0.31% 105
1995 5,232,582 49.4% 50.6% 123 55 0.42% 103
1990 5,140,332 49.3% 50.7% 121 54 0.27% 101
1985 5,113,407 49.3% 50.7% 120 50 0.01% 96
1980 5,123,435 49.4% 50.6% 120 48 0.03% 92
1975 5,061,289 49.5% 50.5% 119 47 0.37% 87
1970 4,930,117 49.7% 50.3% 116 46 0.61% 83
1965 4,760,262 49.6% 50.4% 112 42 0.75% 78
1960 4,580,708 49.6% 50.4% 107 40 0.72% 76
1955 4,439,594 49.6% 50.4% 104 38 0.62% 75
1950 4,268,270 49.6% 50.4% 100 37 0.93% 74

Denmark Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020 5,775,634 49.7% 50.3% 136 63 0.39% 115
2025 5,891,804 49.6% 50.4% 138 65 0.39% 118
2030 6,003,284 49.6% 50.4% 141 65 0.34% 119
2035 6,096,905 49.7% 50.3% 143 68 0.27% 120
2040 6,172,620 49.7% 50.3% 145 70 0.22% 120
2045 6,236,767 49.8% 50.2% 146 72 0.2% 120
2050 6,299,193 49.8% 50.2% 148 76 0.2% 120
2055 6,363,024 49.9% 50.1% 149 77 0.21% 119
2060 6,429,585 50% 50% 151 76 0.21% 119
2065 6,498,526 50.1% 49.9% 153 76 0.21% 117
2070 6,567,651 50.2% 49.8% 154 76 0.21% 117
2075 6,632,964 50.2% 49.8% 156 77 0.18% 117
2080 6,689,714 50.3% 49.7% 157 77 0.15% 117
2085 6,736,075 50.3% 49.7% 158 77 0.12% 117
2090 6,772,786 50.3% 49.7% 159 79 0.1% 116
2095 6,805,422 50.4% 49.6% 160 80 0.09% 116
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations