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Glossary:Functional urban area

Common term: Functional urban area (FUA); Plural: Functional urban areas (FUAs); Technical term: a city and its commuting zone.

Short definition: a functional urban area consists of a city and its commuting zone. Functional urban areas therefore consist of a densely inhabited city and a less densely populated commuting zone whose labour market is highly integrated with the city (OECD, 2012).

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