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|Europe Admits: London is Number One|
- EU stats put us top of pan-continental league table
LONDON is the top dog of european capitals, according to statistics produced by the EU.
Eurostat researched figures from 2001, a census year for many European countries, to find London is well ahead of others across a range of measures.
Size isn't everything, but there's no denying it says something about a city's status and London's population, at 7.2 million, dwarfs its rivals. Berlin has 3.4 million, Madrid 3 million and Paris 2.1 million.
London is also the richest, has the most theatres, the highest proportion of green space and the lowest mortality rate through heart disease.
Even on crime, long considered by Londoners themselves as an Achilles heal, London was far from the worst, recording less than half the number of offences as Berlin and Paris.