Denmark Population 2018

5,757,116

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 2018, Denmark has an estimated population of 5.75 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 5.75 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.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 9 minutes
One death every 10 minutes
One net migrant every 34 minutes
Net gain of one person every 24 minutes

Denmark Population in 2018Source: By Erik Christensen [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], from 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
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude5610
Currencies UsedDenmark Krone
DemonymDanish

Countries Bordering Denmark

Germany

Denmark Population Density

Denmark Top 20 Cities by Population

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

Denmark Population Clock

The population of Denmark (as of 8/15/2018)?5,757,116
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2018)5,754,356
Births Per Day168
Deaths Per Day150
Net Migrations Per Day 42
Net Change Per Day 60
Population Change Since January 1st13,620

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Estimate as of August 15th 2018 is: 5,756,929

Denmark Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20185,754,35649.74%50.26%133.531150.36%
20175,733,55149.74%50.26%133.051140.38%
20165,711,87049.74%50.26%132.541130.41%
20155,688,69549.73%50.27%132.011130.48%
20105,554,84449.62%50.38%128.901110.49%
20055,421,70249.53%50.47%125.811090.30%
20005,341,19449.48%50.52%123.941050.41%
19955,232,70449.40%50.60%121.431030.35%
19905,141,11549.32%50.68%119.301010.10%
19855,114,24349.29%50.71%118.6896-0.04%
19805,123,94549.39%50.61%118.90920.24%
19755,062,72949.54%50.46%117.48870.53%
19704,931,24149.66%50.34%114.43830.71%
19654,760,46049.58%50.42%110.47790.77%
19604,581,10149.62%50.38%106.30750.62%
19554,440,77849.63%50.37%103.05750.80%
19504,268,27149.60%50.40%99.05740.00%

Denmark Population by Year (Projections)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20205,796,80049.73%50.27%134.521150.00%
20255,913,08549.72%50.28%137.211170.40%
20306,024,51649.72%50.28%139.801200.37%
20356,117,85049.73%50.27%141.971220.31%
20406,192,28349.78%50.22%143.691210.24%
20456,254,37849.84%50.16%145.131210.20%
20506,314,40249.89%50.11%146.531210.19%
20556,375,32949.98%50.02%147.941210.19%
20606,437,64750.05%49.95%149.391200.19%
20656,503,11550.13%49.87%150.911200.20%
20706,569,35550.20%49.80%152.441190.20%
20756,632,07950.25%49.75%153.901180.19%
20806,686,35350.28%49.72%155.161180.16%
20856,728,68450.30%49.70%156.141190.13%
20906,759,80150.33%49.67%156.861180.09%
20956,787,53650.37%49.63%157.511160.08%
Data Sources
  1. Statistics Denmark
  2. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with official population estimates through 2015, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  3. GeoNames Gazetteer