More people now live on Zealand, Denmark’s largest island, than Jutland, the large peninsula which contains several mainland regions.
Zealand has never previously been recorded as having a larger population than Jutland.
Statistics Denmark figures show that 2,642,180 people live in Jutland, slightly fewer than Zealand which now has a population of 2,646,379.
The demographic change is related to an increase in Zealand’s population by 190,000 over the last 10 years, twice as many as the population growth in Jutland.
Population growth can particularly be felt in and around large cities, according to Jacob Hangaard, and economics consultant with the Danish Construction Association.
“In Zealand, the population has grown to a high degree in Copenhagen and its surrounding municipalities. That is in particular because more children are being born there and people are relocating from abroad,” Hangaard said.
Copenhagen Municipality alone has seen its number of residents increase by 106,103 over the last decade.
That is a greater growth than in the whole of Jutland over the same period.
Jutland’s population growth has also primarily occurred in cities in the east of the land mass, including Aarhus, Silkeborg, Skanderborg, Randers and Horsens.
Hangaard said he expects the trend of people moving to major and smaller cities to continue.
That is due to better options for both work and study compared to rural districts, he said.
“The trend of urbanization whereby people move to bigger cities will continue in the coming years,” he said.