Metropolitan city of Milan

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Metropolitan city of Milan
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State : Italy
Region : Lombardy
Capital: Milan
Area : 1,575 km²
Residents : 3,279,944 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 2,083 inhabitants / km²
Number of municipalities: 134
License plate : MI
ISO-3166-2 identification : IT-MI
President: Giuseppe Sala
Metropolitan Mayor

The metropolitan city of Milan ( Italian Città Metropolitana di Milano ) is a metropolitan city in the Italian region of Lombardy . The administrative seat of the metropolitan city is the city ​​of Milan .

The metropolitan city of Milan has existed since January 1, 2015 as the legal successor to the Province of Milan ( Italian Provincia di Milano ).

In addition to the administrative center in Milan, important places are : Bollate , Cinisello Balsamo , Cologno Monzese , Legnano , Paderno Dugnano , Rho , Rozzano and Sesto San Giovanni .


The metropolitan city has an area of ​​1,575 km². It comprises 134 municipalities and 3,279,944 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2019). With the establishment of the province of Monza and Brianza in 2004, the then province of Milan lost 55 municipalities and approx. 850,000 inhabitants, in December 2009 another five municipalities.

Largest communities

(As of December 31, 2015)

local community Residents
Milan 1,345,851
Sesto San Giovanni 81,608
Cinisello Balsamo 75,078
Legnano 60,262
Rho 50,434
Cologno Monzese 47,971
Paderno Dugnano 46,633
Rozzano 42,475
San Giuliano Milanese 38,226
Pioltello 36,912
Bollate 36,392
Segrate 35,037
Corsico 35,032
Cernusco sul Naviglio 33,436
Abbiategrasso 32,585
San Donato Milanese 32,492
Parabiago 27,692
Buccinasco 27,224
Garbagnate Milanese 27,175
Bresso 26,263
Lainate 25,708
Cesano Boscone 23,792
magenta 23,654
Peschiera Borromeo 23,397
Cornaredo 20,459
Senago 20,252
Novate Milanese 20,083
Cusano Milanino 19,489
Arese 19,346
Trezzano sul Naviglio 18,762
Melzo 18,506
Cormano 18,403
Gorgonzola 18,362
Settimo Milanese 18,107
Cassano d'Adda 17,518
Nerviano 17,500
Melegnano 16,385
Bareggio 16,253
Pieve Emanuele 15,615


With the Peace of Constance in 1183, Milan became a duchy, which also ruled the surrounding area. In 1450 Milan fell to the Sforza family . After Charles V's victory over Francis I in 1525 , Milan fell to the Spanish Habsburgs . In 1714, in the Peace of Rastatt, Lombardy with its capital Milan was then assigned to the Austrian Habsburgs. These divided the Duchy of Milan into eight provinces in 1786, including the province of Milan. Under the Napoleonic rule was the Cisalpine Republic , the Italian Republic and the Kingdom of Italy from 1797 to 1815 that after the river Olona named department Olona , in addition to Pavia times also Como and Varese included. In the Habsburg Kingdom of Lombardy-Veneto , the province of Milan was re -established in 1816. After the annexation of Lombardy by the Kingdom of Sardinia- Piedmont ( Risorgimento ), the province of Milan became a territorial body of Sardinia-Piedmont on the basis of an administrative reform law of October 23, 1859 and then of Italy from March 17, 1861. The province of Milan was enlarged by Abbiategrasso , Magenta and Lodi and thus covered almost 3,000 km². The first provincial council elections took place on January 15, 1860. By 1927 the province was divided into the five districts (circondari) Milan , Lodi , Monza , Gallarate and Abbiategrasso with 39 districts (mandamenti) and 498 municipalities. After the district level was omitted in 1923, the districts were also abolished in 1927 and a number of new provinces were formed in return. As part of this reform, the province of Milan lost 37 municipalities to the new province of Varese . In 1992 the Province of Lodi was spun off from the Province of Milan , and in 2004 the Province of Monza and Brianza . In 2010 the Province of Milan celebrated its 150th anniversary as a self-governing body. On January 1, 2015, the province became the metropolitan city of Milan.


The metropolitan city of Milan is the economically most important center of Italy. More than half of the 200 largest companies in the country are based here. Most of the country's publishers, advertising agencies, market research institutes and trading companies are located here. In 1910, the car manufacturer Alfa Romeo was founded in Milan (today part of the Fiat group). Another world-famous company is the tire and cable manufacturer Pirelli.

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. Statistiche demografiche ISTAT. Monthly population statistics of the Istituto Nazionale di Statistica , as of December 31 of 2019.