Regional development

Functional urban areas by country


Developing a common definition of metropolitan areas increases international comparability of the economic, social and environmental performances of metropolitan areas. The OECD and the EU have developed a harmonised definition of urban areas as “functional economic units”.

The following profiles provide the functional urban areas of each country. The following information is included:

  • Map of the country with all the functional urban areas.
  • List of the functional urban areas by population size.
  • Population living in functional urban areas.
  • Methodological notes on data used.

The map and list of urban areas are in pdf format







 Czech Republic









 Slovak Republic










 United Kingdom


 United States


   All countries


You can download the list of municipalities belonging to each functional urban area:

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