Prof Alasdair Rae at the University of Sheffield has crunched data from the Global Human Settlement Layer (GHSL) to locate the densest square kilometre in every European country – the top 15 are shown below.

 

15. London, England

Most densely populated 1km sq: 20,477 people. Britain’s most densely populated square kilometre is in west London. It has just over 20,000 people living there – roughly a 10th of the most closely packed area in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Cardiff contains Wales’s densest sq km with 11,291 people; Edinburgh has Scotland’s with 11,069 and Belfast contains Northern Ireland’s, with 8,555.

 

Most densely populated 1km sq: 21,456 people. There are 33 one kilometre squares in Europe with a population of 40,000 or more – 23 in Spain and 10 in France.

 

Most densely populated 1km sq: 21,823 people.

 

Most densely populated 1km sq: 22,113 people.

 

Most densely populated 1km sq: 22,381 people

 

Most densely populated 1km sq: 23,249 people.

 

Most densely populated 1km sq: 23,379 people.

 

Most densely populated 1km sq: 23,485 people.

 

 

Most densely populated 1km sq: 23,934 people.

 

Most densely populated 1km sq: 26,120 people.

 

Most densely populated 1km sq: 28,880 people.

 

Most densely populated 1km sq: 29,100 people.

 

Most densely populated 1km sq: 32,752 people.

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Most densely populated 1km sq: 52,218 people.

 

Most densely populated 1km sq: 53,199 people.

Data taken from EU Grid. All images: Alasdair Rae/Google Maps

 

This feature originally appeared in The Guardian.

 

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