Copenhagen Population 2017

When the larger metropolitan area is considered, Copenhagen has a population of 1.99 million. The city proper has just 583,000 residents with a population density of 6,800 people per square kilometer (18,000/square mile). This is close to 10% of the country's total population. This population density is about 45x denser than Denmark on average.

The precise population of Copenhagen is hard to define as Statistics Denmark does not specify the geographical area it uses to define "urban Copenhagen." Still, it typically consists of Copenhagen Municipality, Frederiksberg, and 16 of 20 municipalities in the old Roskilde and Copenhagen counties. Since the Øresund Bridge was completed in 2000, commuting to and from Copenhagen and Scania, Sweden has grown tremendously. This has led to a much larger integrated area called Øresund Region. The Region has 3.8 million people, 2.5 million of which are in Denmark.

Copenhagen Demographics

Just over 73% of the people of Copenhagen are of Danish origin. There are also 41,000 immigrants and 4,600 people descended from Western nations (8%), and 56,000 immigrants and 27,000 descendants of non-Western nations (15%). Following Denmark, the most common country of birth is Pakistan, followed by Turkey, Iraq, Poland, Germany, Morocco, Sweden, Somalia, Norway, Lebanon, Iran, the U.K., Yugoslavia, the U.S., China, Italy, and India.

Most Københavners belong to the Lutheran Church of Denmark with almost 62% confirming membership by paying church taxes. This is lower than the national Danish average of 79%. The second-largest Christian community in Copenhagen is Roman Catholic. There are believed to be about 150,000 Muslims in the city, most of whom live in Nørrebro and the Vestegnen. Most of the 7,000 Jews in the country live in the city.

Copenhagen consistently ranks very high in terms of quality of life. While it is one of the most expensive cities on earth, it's also considered one of the most livable with eco-friendly policies, open spaces, city planning that favors pedestrians and cyclists over drivers, and an emphasis on culture and community.

Copenhagen Population Growth

Copenhagen's population is expected to continue its gradual growth, increasing from 583,000 in the city proper in 2015 to 715,000 in 2030 and 755,000 in 2040.

Copenhagen Population in 2017Source: Ibrahim50 yes

Copenhagen Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20301,455,0004.30%60,000
20251,395,0004.70%62,000
19701,380,0000.50%7,000
19651,373,0006.90%89,000
20201,333,0003.00%39,000
20171,294,0002.10%26,000
19601,284,0004.60%57,000
20151,268,0006.40%76,000
19551,227,0000.90%11,000
19501,216,0000.00%0
20101,192,0005.80%65,000
19751,172,000-15.10%-208,000
20051,127,0004.60%50,000
19801,096,000-6.50%-76,000
20001,077,0002.80%29,000
19851,056,000-3.60%-40,000
19951,048,0001.30%13,000
19901,035,000-2.00%-21,000
Copenhagen Population Growth

Copenhagen's 2017 population is now estimated at 1,294,000. In 1950, the population of Copenhagen was 1,216,000. Copenhagen has grown by 26,000 in the last year, which represents a 2.10% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Copenhagen, which typically includes Copenhagen's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Data Sources
  1. Danish National Archives - Denmark records and registries
  2. Statistics Denmark - Population information and statistics