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Urban Areas

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Population and Education, Social statistics
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Urban Areas 2023

The statistics show the number of urban areas and the number of persons in each urban area and in the rural areas within each municipality. Statistics on urban areas can be found every 5th or 10th year in the old census publications. From 1976 to 1996, information on urban areas was compiled every other year, since 1996 annually.

Statistical presentation

Information on the number of persons in all urban areas with 200 inhabitants or more, and the number of persons in rural areas for every municipality.

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Statistical processing

The statistical source is information on occupied buildings in the Central Population Register (CPR) and geographical maps of Denmark made by The Danish Geodata Agency for Data Supply and Efficiency which shows the delimitation of the cities .

In may after the end of the year is the populations statistics 1. of January published for the municipalities Statistikbanken under "BEF44".

Towns where the population in- or decrease quiet a bit is checked.

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Users: Municipalities, organizations, private companies, students and private persons.

Application: Planning, local historical analyses.

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Accuracy and reliability

The overall quality of the statistics is good, but the definition gives possibilities for discretion.

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Timeliness and punctuality

The statistics is published yearly in April and is normally kept.

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The definition of urban areas has been the same since 1976, but new maps could show boundary changes from one year to the next. The only exception is Hovedstadsområdet (the Metropolitan area). This area was until 1999 defined by using borders of municipalities. From 1999 urban areas within those municipalities are defined as all other urban areas. In this way the area covering Hovedstadsområdet has declined.

From 1. January 2006 borders of the urban areas are defined by using x,y coordinates.

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Accessibility and clarity

These statistics are published yearly in a Danish press release, at the same time as the tables are updated in the StatBank. In the StatBank, these statistics can be found under Population in Denmark. The statistics also feature in the Statistical Yearbook.

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