Europe is one of the most densely populated regions in the world.
Unlike many other parts of the planet, however, European population is fairly evenly distributed throughout the territory of the continent.
More and more cities have multi million population and gradually „absorb“ closer settlements.
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This new form of urban unit is typical of the 20 and 21st century and is called agglomeration.
It is a typical phenomenon in more developed parts of the world.
Here we have compiled a list of 10 biggest cities (or rather the 10 largest urban agglomerations) in Europe.
1. London, UK
With a population of 14,000,000 inhabitants London is the largest city in the European Union and Europe.
Its territory is vast.
Only London, not counting the nearby towns has a length of about 60 kilometres from east to west.
In fact, the British capital occupies a larger area even from the U.S. metropolis New York.
This is not surprising given the endless stream of immigrants who have flocked here from all around the world to seek their fortune.
Today, London has become the personification of a world city and urban colour.
2. Paris, France
The French capital Paris is the second largest city in Europe.
Paris urban area has a population of about 12,100,000 inhabitants.
For you will be probably hard to imagine such a big city if you have never seen it.
The streets are full of people.
In the central parts of the city traffic does not stop even during the wee hours of the night.
For better or worse, today the quiet and relaxing romantic spirit of the French capital gives a way to dynamism and cosmopolitanism.
3. Istanbul, Turkey
Unlike London and Paris, the third largest agglomeration in the city rank is not a capital, but in spite of fact it is the largest city in Eastern Europe.
This is Istanbul.
Situated between Europe and Asia this city with a population of 11,000,000 people flourishes and grows since ancient times.
Over the centuries, Istanbul was within the boundaries of different countries and empires, but it has been always equally developed, because this is a city with its own soul and personality.
4. Moscow, Russia
The capital of the Russian Federation is the fourth most populous city on the continent.
It is home to about 10,500,000 people and is one of the largest cities in the world.
The two most distant points in the city are located at approximately 55 kilometres to each other!
The richest and most developed city in Russia astounds with its scale.
For such a large and busy city metro is the main mode of transport, as driving a car through the busy streets of Moscow sometimes can be really frustrating.
The hundreds of kilometres of underground railway lines is a great way to escape from the busy roads of this metropolis.
5. Madrid, Spain
Madrid metropolitan area has a population of nearly 6,500,000 people, making Madrid one of the largest agglomerations on the continent.
The noise on the city’s overcrowded boulevards does not fade even in the small hours of the day.
In recent years the population of this cosmopolitan city increases much faster than ever due to the incessant influx of workers from across Europe.
The greater and greater Madrid grows as a snowball while gradually absorb the smaller surrounding settlements.
6. Manchester, UK
The sixth largest city in Europe is located on the territory of the densely populated island of Britain.
This is Manchester, which is currently home to about 6,000,000 people.
The city has developed a very strong economy and is famous as a world-class educational centre.
Manchester is an attractive place for many immigrants who settle on the island each year, seeking a better life.
7. St. Petersburg, Russia
With a population of nearly 5,000,000 people St. Petersburg is the seventh largest city in Europe and second in Russia.
This is the northern-most megalopolis in the world.
Its population is increasing rapidly in spite of the trend of declining of the population in Russia.
The reason is that in the city come many Russians who prefer to live in a big city instead of the province.
Moreover, in local universities arrives to study significant number of foreign students from all around the world.
8. Kiev, Ukraine
Capital metropolitan area of Ukraine is home to almost 5,000,000 inhabitants.
It is the largest agglomeration in Ukraine and one of the most populated in Europe.
Today this city like most cities in Eastern Europe is modernizing very rapidly and tries to melt the gap in economic terms with the developed urban centers of Western Europe.
The city consists of many different ethnic groups, typical for this part of the world.
The largest ethnic groups of the population are Ukrainians, followed by Russians.
In Kiev live also small groups of Armenians, Jews and Belorussians.
9. Berlin, Germany
With a population of 4,900,000 people Berlin is the largest city in Germany.
Once the city was divided into two parts – communist eastern and democratic western part, but today it enjoys a booming economy, flourished culture and the construction of more and more new and modern buildings.
The city is an attractive educational centre with some of the best universities in Europe.
The only period of decreasing population in Berlin was at the time of the Iron Curtain.
After the fall of communism, however, Berlin became one of the most colourful cities in the world.
10. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona metropolitan area is home to about 4,500,000 people.
This is the eighth largest agglomeration in Europe, the fifth in the European Union and the second largest in Spain.
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia.
Besides the multi million population, city’s streets are always crowded with foreign visitors that make this cosmopolitan city look even bigger.
One of the reasons for the countless number of people on the city streets is, of course, the warm weather, which encourages people to spend more time outdoors.
Because of these facts Barcelona looks more vibrant and colourful than many other even bigger cities.More from Best Cities: