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Biggest European Cities by Letter

Guess the most populous urban areas in Europe that starts with each letter A-Z.
Includes cities that straddle Europe and Asia
Urban area population, as of 2018, according to citypopulation.de and Wikipedia
Except in the Ruhr area, where each city is counted separately, rather than being grouped together
Quiz idea: relessness
Last updated: September 20, 2018
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Letter
Population
City
A
3,375,000
Athens
B
4,700,000
Barcelona
C
1,650,000
Copenhagen
D
1,370,000
Dublin
E
583,084
Essen
F
3,225,000
Frankfurt
G
1,660,000
Glasgow
H
2,825,000
Hamburg
I
14,800,000
Istanbul
J
212,876
Jerez de la Frontera
K
3,450,000
Kiev
L
14,600,000
London
M
17,000,000
Moscow
Letter
Population
City
N
4,225,000
Naples
O
1,170,000
Oslo
P
11,300,000
Paris
Q
127,286
Quimper
R
3,600,000
Rome
S
5,550,000
Saint Petersburg
T
1,660,000
Turin
U
1,130,000
Ufa
V
2,250,000
Vienna
W
2,230,000
Warsaw
X
70,873
Xanthi
Y
1,630,000
Yekaterinburg
Z
1,400,000
Zürich
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level 75
Feb 27, 2013
spent most of my time trying to figure out what "I" city in Europe could possibly be bigger than London.... of course I didn't get it because I don't even usually think of Turkey as part of Europe. But I still scored in the 70th percentile even with all that wasted time...
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level ∞
Feb 27, 2013
I know that I'm being somewhat inconsistent here. However, the majority of the population of Istanbul is in Europe, so that's why I count it. I also left an explanatory note and put it in bold. I will be changing the "Biggest Cities in Europe" quiz to reflect this as well.
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level 40
Mar 5, 2013
Ya!!! Thanks Quizzy, I've been arguing this one for ages. As you say, most of the city is in Europe. Even just counting the European side, its still the largest I. Great quiz BTW. Also, can you please add St Petersburg as an acceptable answer?
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level ∞
Mar 7, 2013
St Petersburg would have worked.
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level 55
Apr 30, 2018
Where is Hamsterdam
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level 68
Jun 24, 2018
Hamsterdam suffered catastrophic population loss after the invasion of Herc.
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level 71
Apr 26, 2015
With around 4.4 million living in Asian side, maybe worth subtracting that from the given Istanbul population to get the true European population there? Here's the corresponding quiz for Asian cities.
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level 75
Apr 26, 2015
With the clue at the top now it's almost too easy. :) Still tough picking up some of these though... Queluz?
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level 41
Jun 12, 2015
how can you not know that istanbul straddles continents?
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level 75
Dec 16, 2018
That wasn't the issue.
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level 12
Feb 27, 2013
nice one ;)
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level 69
Feb 27, 2013
I got Jerez, at 0%. BOOM!
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level 57
Feb 27, 2013
never would have guessed that there were so many german cities
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level 65
Mar 1, 2013
No X? There are some X cities in Greece, like Xanthi and Xylokastro.
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level ∞
Mar 18, 2015
Added Xanthi!
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level 65
Apr 28, 2015
Yay! Though now I didn't get it now that I took the quiz for a second time. D'oh!
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level 28
Mar 27, 2013
25/25 with 1:45 left BALLER STATUS
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level 71
Aug 6, 2013
i get yekaterinburg, but i failed to get berlin...go figure
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level 58
Dec 20, 2018
I tried Berlin twice(!), no hit.
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level 81
May 14, 2014
Couldn't think of Kiev at all. Then thought "Kiel", not even sure if it's a city or just a channel, but mistyped that as Kiev. Took a minute to realise even :)
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level 69
Dec 16, 2018
Kiel is the capital city of one of the German states. It's slightly smaller than Kiev though ;)
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level 54
Jul 21, 2014
kept trying Istanbul. not sure how I spelled it wrong....
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level 57
Jan 1, 2015
I got Essen but not Naples *Facepalm*
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level 44
Jan 9, 2015
Sankt petersburg is correct answer!!!
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level 66
Apr 7, 2015
In Russian it is Sankt Peterburg, without an 's', if that's the point you're making.
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level 68
Aug 16, 2018
Haha. Weeded one out.
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level 65
Mar 28, 2015
Was knowing Quimper, France but never heard of Queluz
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level 65
Aug 8, 2017
It's in the Lisbon metro area. Famous for its palace
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level 32
Apr 4, 2015
Omsk, Russia is larger than Oslo, Norway. Omsk has a population of 1,154,116.
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level 66
Apr 7, 2015
Omsk is in the Asian part of Russia.
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level 79
Apr 26, 2015
Ufa is a very very bad word in Samoan. Just saying.
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level 52
Oct 31, 2017
How do you know? Are you from Oceania?
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level 71
Dec 16, 2018
Well, this place is a very very bad word in English. Just saying. (Had to go visit there when I was in the area, like I'm sure a million tittering English-speakers have done before)
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level 55
Apr 28, 2015
No way Barcelona is bigger than Berlin
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level 26
Sep 8, 2015
Rome is the most populated city in Italy, so it is not possible that Naples has more people than Rome. If you consider the municipality population: Rome: 2,869,461 vs Naples: 990,000 (2014 estimate) If you consider the metropolitan population: Rome: 4,321,244 vs Naples: 3,128,000 (2014 estimate)
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level 60
Jun 8, 2016
I believe that your last number for Naples is the urban area. The metropolitan area does have around 4,400,000 people according to Wikipedia. But for Rome the (metropolitan CITY) number is said to be 4,333,689.
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level 55
Feb 15, 2016
I was sure Quimper, France was atleast 78,000, apparently not
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level 45
Jun 9, 2016
Zürich is spelled with an ü.
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level 56
Jun 26, 2017
It's not (usually) spelled with an umlaut in English (or in French for that matter, from which we probably get the spelling in English).
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level 67
Jun 26, 2017
Don't do the Chinese quizzes Macie, they don't even have the same letters as you are used to, Zurich is 苏黎世
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level 68
Dec 17, 2018
In English it's a U, not an U.
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level 65
Aug 22, 2016
Quimper, population (urban area) 124,930 (2011), https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quimper (English version gives city proper only)
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level 64
Jun 6, 2017
Thought of Xanten, Germany for the X and Quimper, France for the Q. However the source used (citypopulation) has Xanten (22.000) and Quimper (63.000) lower than those listed.
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level ∞
Aug 11, 2018
Based on info from @ManuB, I updated the quiz to use Quimper instead of Queluz.
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level 60
Dec 28, 2016
Tried Jekaterinburg for J, had no idea it can be spelled with a Y
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level 75
May 1, 2017
citypopulation.de lists Cologne-Dusseldorf at 4.9 million. How does that urban area lose out on both the C title and the D title to a couple of sub 2-million cities? (Your disclaimer about the Ruhrgebiet doesn't apply, because these cities are south of the Ruhrgebiet.)
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level 64
Jun 6, 2017
Even better, Citypopulation lists the Urban Area of Cologne-Bonn over 2 million, which would still make it bigger than Copenhagen. https://citypopulation.de/php/germany-urbanareas.php
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level 52
Jun 8, 2017
Edinburgh and Quimper?
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level 44
Jul 23, 2017
Tried for Essex on E. Made a typo. Huh, it's Essen. Okay then.
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level 76
Aug 18, 2018
Essex isn't even a city.
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level 57
Oct 20, 2017
Cologne is bigger than Copenhagen ! Even if you don't use the Ruhr Area !!!
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level 39
Nov 3, 2017
Frankfurt only has around 600k
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level 44
Jan 1, 2018
I would've never guessed the answers to J, Y or Q
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level 50
Jan 26, 2018
Kosovo is not a country, it is an autonomous province of Serbia.
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level 60
Jun 21, 2018
Well, it's not up to you to decide.
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level 59
Jan 30, 2018
I've been to Athens and yet I completely forgot it. :(
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level 32
Apr 20, 2018
Got Essen, but didn't thought of Copenhagen and Zurich -.-
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level 75
Aug 11, 2018
Citypopulation.de lists Edinburgh at 794,040, well above the 583,040 you have listed for Essen.
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level 71
Aug 12, 2018
It's tricky. Edinburgh's population in the "Agglomerations" section is 794,040, but if you click on the "cities and countries of the UK" link you only get 400K or so. I'm guessing the others are Agglomerations, so I second it being switched? Then again, Essen's "agglomeration" is probably bigger than that number... I'm assuming QM thought about this.
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level 68
Aug 16, 2018
Why, after all this time of lumping Düsseldorf, Essen, Dortmund, Duisburg, Bochum, Wuppertal and occasionally Cologne and Bonn as one urban area of anywhere from 5-11 million, is Essen all of a sudden a small European metropolis? It's the bull's eye center of all that if it's consistently considered one urban area.
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level 65
Nov 5, 2018
And inconsistent when looking at Frankfurt. 3 millions must be counting various cities between which and Frankfurt there are a lot of tractors and forests (except for adjacent Offenbach). Anyway, what else is there with F? Frederikstad, Faro, Firenze, Fllakë. Also Frankivsk-Ivano and Ferrand-Clermont, of course. Frankfurt is still bigger :)
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level 54
Mar 30, 2019
*Clermont-Ferrand ;)
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level 65
Aug 16, 2018
I got Xanthi and missed Vienna... oh, well...
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level 44
Sep 2, 2018
I suggest you specify what you mean by 'straddle Europe and Asia' (i.e. the Ural mountains) , otherwise I expect many of us think of Istanbul rather than Ufa...Great quiz, by the way, thanks.
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level 16
Dec 16, 2018
I thought Yekaterinburg was in Asia. It is outside the European section of Russia as far as I am concerned.
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level 35
Dec 16, 2018
So as Ufa
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level 41
Dec 16, 2018
Ankara 5.4 M, Eskisehir 844 K Urfa 2 M. If you're looking for biggest cities and if you accept Yekateringburg and Ufa. Just saying :) Nice quiz
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level 64
Dec 16, 2018
Well that was way, way harder than I expected.
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level 66
Dec 16, 2018
Dangit, I thought to (incorrectly) guess Edinburgh for "E," but neglected to guess Glasgow for "G."
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level 66
Dec 17, 2018
I only tried Quimper as a joke! :D I remembered the city because my friend once went on holiday there and we used to make fun of the name.^^ Never actually thought that it might be the biggest "Q" city in Europe...
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level 42
Dec 17, 2018
That metropolitan area of London is ridiculously large, some places included are 50miles away!
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level 20
Jan 15, 2019
Get your numbers straight, eg Frankfurt