Population distribution between Danish cities 1801-2012

The Danish urban system is dominated by Copenhagen. Every fourth Dane who lives in a city (and that is about 80 % of the population) lives in the continuous built-up area of the capital, sometimes called Greater Copenhagen, or “Hovedstadsområdet” in Danish. However, looking at historical numbers this ratio was even more extreme. In 1801 one out of two Danes living in cities lived in Copenhagen. The figure below shows that especially between 1950 and 2012 the urban concentration turned away from Copenhagen. This was caused by a general phase of deconcentration in the 1960s and 1970s, and the emergence of a second urban growth pole around Aarhus in East Jutland in the 1990s. Anyway, many settlements who are not part of the continuous built-up area of Copenhagen but anyway within its functional urban region also emerged. So even if Copenhagen gets smaller on the figure, the share of the Copenhagen urban regions might still be high.

I might change the figure in the future (when I get time) colouring the cities by the functional urban region they are located in.


The data was visualised with ManyEyes.


~ by landblend on 14/02/2013.

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