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Biggest Cities in Europe Quiz

Name the 51 most populous urban areas in Europe.
Urban population according to citypopulation.de, 2018
Includes two cities that straddle Europe and Asia
We filled in three loosely-defined areas
Last updated: September 03, 2018
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Population
City
17.0 m
Moscow
14.8 m
Istanbul
14.6 m
London
11.3 m
Paris
6.35 m
Madrid
5.70 m
The Ruhr
5.50 m
Saint Petersburg
5.15 m
Milan
4.98 m
Cologne / Düsseldorf
4.70 m
Barcelona
4.63 m
Berlin
4.23 m
Naples
3.60 m
Rome
3.45 m
Kiev
3.38 m
Athens
3.23 m
Frankfurt
3.20 m
Rotterdam/Hague
3.10 m
Birmingham
Population
City
3.03 m
Manchester
2.83 m
Hamburg
2.58 m
Budapest
2.55 m
Lisbon
2.43 m
Amsterdam
2.38 m
Stuttgart
2.38 m
Upper Silesia
2.30 m
Warsaw
2.25 m
Munich
2.23 m
Vienna
2.20 m
Bucharest
2.15 m
Leeds
2.15 m
Stockholm
2.05 m
Brussels
2.00 m
Minsk
1.98 m
Lyon
1.86 m
Liverpool
1.76 m
Valencia
Population
City
1.74 m
Nizhny Novgorod
1.66 m
Glasgow
1.66 m
Marseille
1.66 m
Turin
1.65 m
Copenhagen
1.63 m
Kharkiv
1.63 m
Yekaterinburg
1.57 m
Mannheim
1.55 m
Sheffield
1.47 m
Newcastle
1.45 m
Donetsk
1.42 m
Prague
1.41 m
Belgrade
1.41 m
Chelyabinsk
1.41 m
Volgograd
1.40 m
Zurich
1.37 m
Dublin
1.37 m
Nottingham
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level 74
Apr 1, 2013
wha?? I thought I typed in Stockholm. Must have misspelled it. Still got 35, including the top 22. Only obvious ones I missed were the aforementioned, plus Munich, Stuttgart and Minsk.
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level 74
Dec 4, 2013
Got 41 this time but missed Munich again. >_
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level 14
Feb 3, 2018
only 40
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level 60
May 9, 2014
If you say you got the top 22, im assuming you missed #23, which is Amsterdam; also quite an obvious one
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level 74
May 14, 2014
I've never missed Amsterdam. The ordering has changed since I left that comment.
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level 74
Mar 6, 2016
Got all the first 2 columns this time and tied my high score. Still can't spell yeketernberg to save my life apparently...
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level 68
Mar 6, 2016
why not? not that difficult...pretty phonetic when you break it down
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level 74
Mar 10, 2016
don't know. Can't remember if there is a vowel after the initial Y or not, and which vowels come later in the word, or whether there is a vowel between the N and B... I usually try 2 or 3 variations and fail to come up with an acceptable one.
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level 74
Nov 22, 2016
It's difficult for me, too. Is it berg or burg? Is it Katerin or Katerina? Is it Ya or Ye? It seems simple when you can see it, but trying to spell it under a time crunch when there are so many possible combinations is tough. I didn't even try Dnepropetrovsk, Nizhny Novgorod, or Chelyabinsk, but I have finally learned to spell Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, so maybe there's hope for these, too. Anyway, I scored enough to earn my last badge. Yay!
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level 68
Mar 6, 2016
got 37...missed 2 of the top 22
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level 61
Jan 11, 2017
I made the same kind of mistake with Madrid. I really had no idea which city I was missing that was so far up on the list. Turns out it was one I thought I had typed in...
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level 64
Jul 21, 2017
I got 2...........The Ruhr and Upper Silessia
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level 59
Aug 20, 2018
I got those 2 with 5:00 to spare.
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level 66
Aug 10, 2018
I hate it I do that. Happens at least once in every long quiz.
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level 74
Aug 28, 2018
Best is 45, now. A couple more tries over a couple more years and I'll get those 5 points yet...
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level 74
Aug 29, 2018
Did it. Finally.
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level 43
Apr 1, 2013
Gosh those Russian and Ukrainian cities are tough to spell. Had to spend a couple minutes on Dnipro-wherever and Chelya-whatnot alone before finally getting them to an acceptable spelling. :-P
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level 64
Oct 17, 2017
Those Russian cities are hard for me, too. Chinese cities are no picnic, either, but that's another quiz.
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level 19
Apr 1, 2013
Napoli, Munchen and Koln should work...
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level ∞
Mar 3, 2016
Okay
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level 73
Mar 3, 2016
If we are accepting foreign languages now, I think Москва́, Санкт-Петербу́рг, and Ни́жний Но́вгород should be acceptable.
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level 74
Mar 8, 2018
That's not a foreign language that's a whole other keyboard. (but it would make sense to accept, for example, Moskva)
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level 50
Apr 1, 2013
I did some research and looks like Yekaterinburg (formerly Sverlodsk) and Chelyabinsk are east of the Urals. They are in Asia.
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level ∞
Mar 3, 2016
According to Wikipedia they are both on the border of Europe and Asia.
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level 62
Jul 24, 2016
If both are straddling Europe and Asia, than there would be 3 cities (incl. Istanbul) doing that, not two, as the description says.
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level 71
Nov 17, 2016
The answers may have changed since the description was written
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level 36
May 29, 2018
istanbul has historically been on the european side
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level 21
Jun 10, 2018
Wiki says Chelyabinsk is located "just to the east of the Ural Mountains", so in Asia. And that Yekaterinburg is "located on the Iset River east of the Ural Mountains", so also Asia. Neither of them should count.
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level 64
Nov 6, 2013
I knew Dnepropetrovsk would be on there, but I didn't even attempt to spell it correctly.
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level 51
Jan 25, 2014
Soccer teams help so much. Got dnipro dnepropetrovsk, medalist kharkiv, sheffield wednesday/united, shakhtar donetsk, leeds united, rotterdam, red star belgrade, dynamo bucharesti...
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level 32
Sep 22, 2014
yup I just listed all the capital cities I knew, then started going through the biggest football teams of each country
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level 56
Jan 13, 2018
*Metalist Kharkiv, not Medalist
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level 33
Jan 29, 2014
Istanbul???? Come on now.. Turkey is all Asia.. I don't think that should count.
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level 68
May 9, 2014
so why should ekaterinburg? it staddles the border of asia and europe...the same as istanbul does
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level ∞
Mar 3, 2016
A true geography bowl champion would know that part of Istanbul is in Europe.
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level 25
Jul 16, 2016
Knew this one from the coup last night
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level 64
Mar 20, 2014
bugger, how come I missed Rome ?
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level 74
Mar 7, 2016
Why did I forget all of Italy and Greece??? Good grief.
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level 75
May 9, 2014
I don't know what makes me feel dumber: the fact I didn't get Nizhny Novgorod, even though I used to live there, or that I missed Istanbul because I typed Constantinople. That's what I get for teaching ancient and medieval history.
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level 73
Mar 23, 2015
Someone needs to listen to "They Might Be Giants."
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level 53
Apr 3, 2017
Thanks to you, I will spend several hours trying to get that song out of my head!
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level 66
May 9, 2014
Got 36.. still missed some pretty obvious ones.
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level 65
May 9, 2014
Damn Dnepropetrovsk, I'll never be able to spell that.
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level 75
Jun 4, 2016
Ikr, I wish it would just accept "that city beginning with D in Ukraine".
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level 62
Jul 24, 2016
That would get you Donetsk as well :-)
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level 26
May 12, 2014
please update Naples with Napels and Napoli as well.
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level 69
May 18, 2016
Napels? That sounds like a brand of snack food. But seriously, why should the Dutch spelling of an Italian city on an English quiz be accepted?
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level 70
May 23, 2014
Felt my stomach growl a little, realized I'm hungry then proceeded to get Hamburg & Frankfurt in the final 10 seconds.
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level 71
Feb 9, 2015
and Budapest?
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level 66
Feb 22, 2015
Never had a Budapest for lunch!
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level 51
Oct 15, 2017
But have you ever been Hungary? ^
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level 59
Aug 16, 2018
And a Wiener?
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level 50
Dec 13, 2014
Got 50 with 1 second to spare haha, I was forgetting Nottingham!
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level 59
Aug 16, 2018
When did Nottingham all of a sudden get large? I've never seen it listed as a big city. Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham, Newcastle, Liverpool, even York from time to time as large urban areas in northern England, never Nottingham though.
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level 21
Oct 12, 2018
York, with 208.000 people?
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level 33
Dec 24, 2014
45/50 . only missed some Russian and Ukrainian cities.
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level 21
Jan 17, 2015
43/50. got the top 32
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level 48
Jan 31, 2015
39 in my first try. Cannot believe that I missed Kiev. On the flipside I got Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk which respectively only 15% and 7% got.
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level 37
Feb 2, 2015
43 and I've never been to europe
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level 60
Mar 20, 2015
I'll accept Istanbul and Yekaterinburg but Chelyabinsk is definitely east of the Urals, so it's in Asia.
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level 70
Aug 4, 2016
I would be inclined to consider it Asian, but fortunately I tried it just in case and it worked.
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level 30
Jul 20, 2015
Nizhny?! Novogorod... Thats not fair at all Otherwise great job.
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level 31
Jul 24, 2015
Can I ask why Rotterdam/Hague is counted as 1 city?
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level 36
May 29, 2018
...because rotterdam is a city
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level 67
Jul 29, 2015
I missed Frankfurt and Copenhagen... LOL
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level 54
Nov 21, 2015
When you realize that Leeds has more people than Munich and then compare the football teams...
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level 66
Feb 20, 2017
Spoken like a true Liverpudlian.
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level 55
Dec 2, 2015
The feeling I got from typing Dnepropetrovsk right in one try just cannot be described.
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level 66
Mar 6, 2016
Try smug!
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level 60
Mar 6, 2016
"Dnepropetrovsk" or "Днепропетровск" is the Russian spelling. The Ukrainian one is "Dnipropetrovsk" or "Дніпропетровськ". Try all those on for size!
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level 60
Dec 20, 2015
How could I miss Milan and Manchester and still get Turin?!?!?
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level 60
Mar 6, 2016
For those wondering, the 2016 update removes Nottingham and includes Mannheim. Also, Bonn/Cologne is now Cologne/Dusseldorf.
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level 55
Mar 18, 2016
Cologne/Düsseldorf sounds weird to me - I usually consider Düsseldorf part of the Ruhr more than of the Cologne area.
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level 36
May 29, 2018
wait, i thought dusseldorf was just the german name
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level 68
Aug 14, 2018
The snobbish people of Düsseldorf would be appalled to be lumped together with the "shabby" Ruhr Area. If anything they would say they are part of the Rhine region (like Cologne), which is close by and overlaps in some areas but not in Düsseldorf.
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level 74
Aug 28, 2018
The 2018 update removes Dnep-whatever and adds Nottingham back.
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level 59
Mar 6, 2016
How did only 2% get Mannheim? I've always thought of it as a well-known major city.
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level 36
May 29, 2018
never heard of it
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level 59
Aug 16, 2018
They make steamrollers.
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level 59
Mar 6, 2016
The only cities I missed that I've heard of are Minsk, Newcastle, and Turin.
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level 56
Jun 30, 2016
Istanbul in part of asia in turkey
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level 74
Aug 28, 2018
Nope. Look it up. Most of the population is in Europe.
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level 56
Jul 19, 2016
istanbul is not in europe
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level 44
Aug 29, 2016
part of it is
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level 36
May 29, 2018
its almost entirely in europe, and was for centuries not within asia at all.
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level 70
Aug 4, 2016
The first time I did this quiz I got caught out by all the British cities on here. Most sources seem to give only London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow as being 1 million+, so I didn't bother with the others. I also expected Samara, Kazan, Rostov-on-Don and Odessa to be on here. I suspect my underestimation of British cities stemmed from the British tendency (often shared by Americans, I find) to more often quote population within city limits as opposed to metro area. I suspect this arises from the fact that it's often less clear where one metro area ends and another begins in densely populated areas of the US and pretty much anywhere in the UK, whereas here in Australia we have cities divided by vast gulfs of sparsely populated land and served by clearly identifiable CBDs. If we quoted population in formal city limits, we'd talk about Sydney as a town of less than 200,000 people.
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level 46
Aug 13, 2016
Got dnepropetrosvkmsl but missed rome
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level 57
Aug 20, 2016
All folks who can't spell Dnipropetrovsk or whatever will be delighted to hear that the city has just been renamed to DNIPRO.
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level 53
Jan 18, 2017
The Ruhr, and Upper Silesia are not cities
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level 36
May 29, 2018
thats why they are already on there
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level 53
Jan 18, 2017
Yekaterinburg is not in europe
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level 24
Feb 10, 2017
I missed Budapest Kiev Copenhhagen frankfurt hamburg liverpool marseille glascow lyon valencia newcastle sheffield volograd warsaw prague but got the russian and ukraine ones....
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level 66
Feb 20, 2017
хороший маленький мальчик
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level 43
Feb 26, 2017
Got Dnepropetrovsk but forgot Hamburg. >.
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level 46
Mar 4, 2017
Got Dnepropetrovsk but missed Vienna
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level 49
Mar 10, 2017
very strange! Naples is bigger than Rome? I dont think. 2 milions in Amsterdam, Leeds, Stockholm... This numbers is absolutelly bad. Look for other websites or casual atlas.
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level 44
Mar 19, 2017
1:39 left!!
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level 34
Jun 11, 2017
Is Russia really part of Europe??? (I live in New Zealand so forgive my ignorance...)
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level 65
Jun 23, 2017
Russia is partly European and partly Asian. It is generally accepted that the Caucasus Mountains and the Ural Mountains are the borders between Europe and Asia.
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level 33
Jun 26, 2017
I'm that person who thought they put in Paris but didn't. Still got 36 marks
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level 26
Jul 13, 2017
I FORGOT PARIS
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level 37
Aug 22, 2017
You missed Katowice?
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level 37
Sep 21, 2017
First attempt: 36/50 cities. I misspelled Stuttgart (I wrote "Stuttgard") and Marseille (I wrote "Marsille"). Anyway, I should study the Russian geography. I've just realised I don't know anything about that Country.
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level 39
Sep 22, 2017
To include cities in Central Russia is awful. I understand to include Moscow and cities in western provinces of Russia but Yekaterinburg is a joke. That's like including Cancun into a quiz about US states. Sorry for the rant.
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level 50
Dec 6, 2017
41, everything I missed was Russian or Ukrainian. And I'm still not going to try to learn them. Chinese cities are hard enough, and much more significant. I'm not going to struggle with memorizing Russian names of cities with 1.5 million people or fewer in them.
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level 39
Jan 15, 2018
44, missed Copenhagen though, too busy trying to think of Russian ones...
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level 47
Jan 22, 2018
Pretty impressive that five different cities in Europe have more people then the entire Ruhr area, seeing as the Ruhr area is many cities, some of which belong to the largest cities in Germany
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level 38
Mar 2, 2018
Initially got 38, after a month, 39!
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level 43
Mar 8, 2018
mannheim, Germany does not fit in here, the city proper only has roughly 300.000 . Adding Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg it adds up to about 620.000. A far cry from what is stated here, sorry. (I live in this state that is why it caught my attention).
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level 21
Jun 10, 2018
Yes, I found that very strange as well. It is even smaller than Karlsruhe in the same land.
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level 62
Mar 8, 2018
Randstad could join Ruhr and Upper Silesia.
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level 63
Mar 8, 2018
Premiere League was helpful to start that one off.
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level 9
Mar 8, 2018
great quiz as always, keep up the good work! Istanbul was a tricky one, that pesky answer somehow escaped me!! thankfully had my pals here to help me. we're from Glasgow, anybody feel free to give me a ring if you're ever in the area, I know all the best spots! although ironic as I didn't even guess Glasgow as an answer for this quiz. guess we don't always see the most obvious things huh. I didn't realise my wife was cheating me for 7 and a half years and that was so obvious once I realised. anyway again guys great quiz I've got some really good business ideas if you ever want to meet for coffee/tea/beer if you get me ;) thanks again and bye! fun fact: I love you all. John, 67, Glasgow
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level 68
Aug 7, 2018
What the hell is this
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level 63
Nov 28, 2018
I'll be in Glasgow soon bro be ready
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level 53
Mar 23, 2018
Krakow?
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level 65
Apr 4, 2018
Since less than 5% guess them all. Maybe also add the country in the hint collumn?
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level 25
May 9, 2018
Please accept Charkiv for Kharkiv. Also, where did you find that Mannheim has over 1 million people??
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level 36
May 29, 2018
RUSSIA WHY???
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level 36
May 29, 2018
also stuttgart is out of order
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level 70
Jun 4, 2018
Stuttgart isn't in order
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level 28
Jun 18, 2018
why instanbul but not ankara? ankara is 4m+ people but not here
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level 78
Aug 6, 2018
Ankara is not in Europe.
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level 39
Jul 28, 2018
Where did you get the numbers for German cities? Frankfurt has around 700k, Stuttgart around 600k to name a few.
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level 66
Aug 7, 2018
The source is in the header. It uses metro area instead of city population.
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level 71
Aug 10, 2018
That feeling when you try Thessaloniki and find out after the quiz you missed Athens.
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level 44
Aug 29, 2018
Well, you wouldn't be wrong to do so until less than a couple of centuries ago...
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level 56
Aug 28, 2018
The correct city name in English is not Hague, but The Hague (Den Haag).
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level 67
Aug 28, 2018
Where did you get the Nottingham figures? There's only about 290k according to Google.
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level 60
Aug 28, 2018
Cologne is now also a loosely defined area?
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level 74
Aug 29, 2018
No but the "Rhine-Ruhr" area which includes Cologne, Düsseldorf, Dortmund, Essen, Duisburg, Bochum, Wuppertal, Bonn and Stuttgart among other cities is often counted as a single metro area. I'm not sure why Cologne and Dusseldorf are separated out from the Ruhr, or why Stuttgart is also separate. Probably different ways of categorizing these places.
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level 68
Aug 29, 2018
Ruhr Area is not merely a geographical term. It is an area that was largely unimportant until the Industrial Revolution, when the coal industry drew in masses of workers. Until recently, the region was defined by industry, and its inhabitants are still somewhat looked down upon as "proles" by people from outside. I guess the Pittsburgh Region, Upper Silesia, and North West England are similar cases. This continues to shape the Ruhr identity (which has its own dialect) and separates it from the old, "aristocratic" city of Cologne or the old, rich, and posh city of Düsseldorf, which in turn share some distinct Rhine-ish traditions and a common dialect. Culturally, these areas are different, but because they are so close to each other and overlap in small points, there is a basis for characterizing them as one large urban area. If you want to lump Stuttgart in there as well you'll probably need to refer to the so-called Blue Banana, which stretches from Liverpool down to Milan.
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level 50
Nov 7, 2018
"The Hague" should be acceptable.
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level 25
Nov 27, 2018
Chelyabinsk and Yekaterinburg are behind the Ural, which means territorially on the Asian side of Russia. Russian authorities consider Chelyabinsk as European city for administrative and economic purposes only. Regardless do we speak about cities itself or urban areas, both should be excluded from this list.
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level 41
Dec 2, 2018
Bah. Missed Sheffield. Very poor for a Yorkshireman.