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Biggest Axis-Controlled Cities

Name the most populous modern-day urban areas that were controlled by the Axis powers.
Not counting the overseas territories of the Vichy regime
Urban area population according to citypopulation.de, 2018
Loosely defined areas are filled in
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First submittedNovember 6, 2015
Last updatedOctober 12, 2018
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Pop.
Pacific Theater
45.6 m
Guangzhou
39.9 m
Tokyo
29.5 m
Shanghai
30.3 m
Jakarta
24.6 m
Seoul
24.6 m
Manila
20.0 m
Beijing
18.4 m
Bangkok
17.7 m
Osaka
12.7 m
Tianjin
10.5 m
Nagoya
Pop.
Pacific Theater
9.80 m
Xiamen
9.10 m
Taipei
8.70 m
Wuhan
8.45 m
Kuala Lumpur
8.35 m
Ho Chi Minh City
8.25 m
Hangzhou
7.85 m
Shenyang
7.75 m
Singapore
7.70 m
Shantou
7.35 m
Hong Kong
6.60 m
Nanjing
Pop.
Europe / Africa
11.3 m
Paris
5.15 m
Milan
5.70 m
The Ruhr
4.98 m
Cologne /
Düsseldorf
4.63 m
Berlin
4.23 m
Naples
3.65 m
Addis Ababa
3.60 m
Rome
3.45 m
Kiev
3.38 m
Athens
3.23 m
Frankfurt
Pop.
Europe / Africa
3.20 m
Rotterdam
2.83 m
Hamburg
2.58 m
Budapest
2.58 m
Tunis
2.43 m
Amsterdam
2.38 m
Upper Silesia
2.38 m
Stuttgart
2.30 m
Warsaw
2.25 m
Munich
2.23 mil
Vienna
2.20 m
Bucharest
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level 72
Nov 25, 2015
Algiers and Tunis were in the North African Theater, later renamed the Mediterranean Theater when it was expanded to include southern Italy.
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level 68
Nov 26, 2015
Shouldn't Tianjin be here as well?
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level 77
Nov 26, 2015
Tianjin should definitely be there, its urban area comprises 10 million people and it was controlled by the japanese. Other big cities like Chengdu and Chongqing were not, so this quiz is quite subtle.
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level ∞
Nov 26, 2015
Yes, Tianjin was missing. I am surprised citypopulation.de doesn't consider it to be part of the Beijing agglomeration. They probably will in the future.
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level 69
Jan 21, 2016
@ Quizmaster: Tianjin is considered to be a municipality in China, along with Beijing, Chongqing and Shanghai. They're essentially cities that have broken off from other provinces and have formed their own "mini provinces". Tianjin is pretty close to Beijing, but they're always considered to be separate cities. A city like Guangzhou on the other hand, is just considered to be a city, and can therefore be lumped with other nearby cities a lot easier.
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level 65
Jan 22, 2016
@Quizmaster: distance-wise, considering Tianjin and Beijing to be the same city would be like saying L.A. and San Diego were the same city, or Seattle and Vancouver.
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level ∞
Oct 12, 2018
Beijing to Tianjin: 107 km
LA to San Diego: 179 km
Vancouver to Seattle: 195 km
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level 43
Dec 28, 2018
more like philadelphia to new york city...130 km
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level 77
Dec 11, 2015
These quizzes that combine history and geography are the best.
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level 67
Jan 21, 2016
Should Bangkok be on the list?
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level 59
Jan 21, 2016
Thailand was an axis power so it definitely should.
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level 52
Feb 15, 2018
That would depend how big Bangkok was...
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level 70
Aug 16, 2018
How big Bangkok IS. Answer: Very.
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level ∞
Oct 12, 2018
Added Bangkok since Thailand signed an official alliance with Japan in 1942.
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level 69
Oct 12, 2018
Thailand - or rather Siam - was the last country Britain declared war on.
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level 66
Jan 21, 2016
Got almost all the European cities. Missed almost half the Pacific Theater cities. My knowledge of Chinese cities is severely lacking. :(
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level 75
Jan 21, 2016
+1. I also thought I got Amsterdam, then remembered I typed Netherlands instead. Smack self.
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level 67
Jan 21, 2016
Addis Ababa?
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level 67
Jan 21, 2016
Mogadishu also?
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level 61
Jan 24, 2016
Mogadishu is just barely beaten out. Addis Ababa, however, should be included since its metro area exceeds 4 million and it was a part of Italian East Africa from 1936-1941. Surely Quizmaster knows about the Abyssinian Crisis and its role in the downfall of the League of Nations.
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level ∞
Oct 12, 2018
Added Addis Ababa
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level 39
Jan 23, 2016
Ho Chi Mihn city was called Siagon back during WWII.
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level 61
Jan 24, 2016
*Saigon. I agree that it should be accepted but this quiz uses modern names only, so Ho Chi Minh City is what should be displayed.
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level 70
Aug 16, 2018
It's still called Saigon in Vietnam. No one on Earth calls it Ho Chi Minh City except people trying to act correct.
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level 43
Aug 15, 2019
lol you must be a south vietnam loser. When I visited Vietnam they used both names interchangeably. At the airports for example, they would say flights to Ho Chi Minh.
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level 22
Jan 5, 2017
If this quiz doesn't count Vichy colonies, why on earth is Algiers and Tunis here?
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level 50
Dec 31, 2018
Technically Algeria was a French départment from 1848 to 1962 and not a colony so Algiers should be reincluded!
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level 62
Jan 23, 2017
What about Bangkok? The Thais were allied with Japan and Addis Ababa which the Italians had before the war in 1935?
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level 48
Jun 8, 2017
Good quiz.
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level 34
Dec 5, 2017
Surprised to see Kiev here. I’d bet it was part of Soviet during WWII. Apparantly not.
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level 43
Dec 15, 2017
They were part of the USSR, the Germans just conquered it
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level 66
Jan 11, 2018
It seems if Algiers and Tunis count, there is no reson to exclude Casablanca (4.2M)?
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level ∞
Oct 12, 2018
I removed Algiers. It seems like Tunis was controlled directly by the Italians.
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level 73
Oct 19, 2018
Wikipedia: "During World War II, Tunis was held by Axis forces from November 1942 to May 1943."
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level 39
Feb 14, 2018
Damn, forgot Singapore! Annoyed!
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level 56
Oct 14, 2018
What do you mean by urban areas? Don't you mean cities? And the population nowadays was quite incorrect
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level 73
Oct 19, 2018
"Cities" makes for a better title. Urban areas certainly aren't cities.
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level 64
Oct 14, 2018
In Vienna should be "2.23 m" instead of "2.23 mil"
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level 63
Dec 28, 2018
I think they missed the joke, Jefferson...
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level 40
Dec 28, 2018
so many chinese cities... didnt type xiamen, Hangzhou, Shenyang, shantou and Nanjing sad. Others got it all
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level 46
Dec 28, 2018
I'm always surprised by the numbers. For instance, 800.000 people live in Amsterdam and 600.000 in Rotterdam. There are of course relatively big cities around those two cities but I cannot believe they make up for 2.43 m and 3.20 m respectively for A'dam and R'dam.
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level 65
Dec 28, 2018
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level 40
Apr 17, 2019
I love this quiz because it combines history and geography!