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 2021, according to citypopulation.de and Wikipedia
Except in the Rhine/Ruhr area, where each city is counted separately, rather than being grouped together
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Last updated: July 19, 2021
First submittedFebruary 8, 2013
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Letter
Population
City
A
3.50 m
Athens
B
4.88 m
Barcelona
C
1.69 m
Copenhagen
D
1.44 m
Donetsk
E
0.901 m
Edinburgh
F
3.28 m
Frankfurt
G
1.69 m
Glasgow
H
2.88 m
Hamburg
I
16.2 m
Istanbul
J
0.213 m
Jerez de la Frontera
K
3.48 m
Kiev
L
14.8 m
London
M
17.4 m
Moscow
Letter
Population
City
N
4.15 m
Naples
O
1.21 m
Oslo
P
11.4 m
Paris
Q
0.125 m
Quimper
R
3.50 m
Rome
S
5.65 m
Saint Petersburg
T
1.61 m
Turin
U
1.13 m
Ufa
V
2.23 m
Vienna
W
2.35 m
Warsaw
X
0.071 m
Xanthi
Y
1.67 m
Yekaterinburg
Z
1.45 m
Zürich
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Level 82
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 64
Apr 30, 2018
Where is Hamsterdam
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Level 84
Jun 24, 2018
Hamsterdam suffered catastrophic population loss after the invasion of Herc.
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Level 75
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 82
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 82
May 17, 2020
This time I remembered Queluz, but that's not the answer anymore. X-P
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Level 72
Feb 27, 2013
I got Jerez, at 0%. BOOM!
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Level 60
Feb 27, 2013
never would have guessed that there were so many german cities
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Level 70
Mar 5, 2021
By "so many" you mean two? :)
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Level 68
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 68
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 55
Jul 30, 2019
Maybe the urban area of Xàtiva in València is bigger than Xanthi's?
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Level 47
Apr 13, 2021
Xanthi is an island not a city.
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Level 57
Jul 21, 2021
Just Google "Xanthi." First result is a city, second and third too. To be honest, I haven't found any island of that name. I only spent couple of seconds looking, so I'm not saying there isn't an island of the same name, but the city is most definitely more prevalent.
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Level 28
Mar 27, 2013
25/25 with 1:45 left BALLER STATUS
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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 76
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 70
Mar 5, 2021
Kiel is the city. The canal is called Nord-Ostsee-Kanal. We call it the Kiel Canal because that's too much of a mouthful for us poor Anglophones.
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Level 55
Jul 21, 2014
kept trying Istanbul. not sure how I spelled it wrong....
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Level 45
Jan 9, 2015
Sankt petersburg is correct answer!!!
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Level 72
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 84
Aug 16, 2018
Haha. Weeded one out.
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Level 73
Jan 7, 2021
Sankt Petersburg (with a capital P) is the name in German.
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Level 68
Mar 28, 2015
Was knowing Quimper, France but never heard of Queluz
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Level 70
Aug 8, 2017
It's in the Lisbon metro area. Famous for its palace
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Level 81
Apr 26, 2015
Ufa is a very very bad word in Samoan. Just saying.
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Level 67
Oct 31, 2017
How do you know? Are you from Oceania?
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Level 75
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 73
Jan 7, 2021
Unfortunately they recently changed their name to 'Fugging'.
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Level 67
Jan 7, 2021
Did you also see WonderWhy's video today?! Sad news...
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Level 67
Jun 18, 2019
I wonder what, cause translator does not translate it..

Edit: nvm, I found it another way ;)

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Level 73
Jan 7, 2021
I don't believe you're Samoan. So how do you know?
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Level 56
Apr 28, 2015
No way Barcelona is bigger than Berlin
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Level 73
Jul 20, 2021
There is a way, and that's by having more people in it. (Although Berlin would win if the quiz went by city proper instead of urban area.)
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Level 27
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 64
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 58
Jul 26, 2020
cough cough Milan
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Level 58
Feb 15, 2016
I was sure Quimper, France was atleast 78,000, apparently not
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Level 44
Jun 9, 2016
Zürich is spelled with an ü.
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Level 58
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 70
Mar 5, 2021
That makes sense. As I understand it the French u is more or less the German ü.
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Level 71
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 84
Dec 17, 2018
In English it's a U, not an U.
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Level 76
Feb 27, 2021
An Ü is different from a U though.
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Level 68
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 71
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 89
Nov 3, 2017
Frankfurt only has around 600k
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Level 45
Jan 1, 2018
I would've never guessed the answers to J, Y or Q
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Level 66
Jan 30, 2018
I've been to Athens and yet I completely forgot it. :(
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Level 71
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 34
Dec 16, 2018
So as Ufa
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Level 65
Jun 3, 2019
Ufa is definitely located in Europe, as the capital city of the Republic of Bashkortostan.
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Level 47
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 41
Dec 25, 2019
While Ufa is definitely in Europe (it is west of both main ridge of the Urals and of the Ural river), Yekaterinburg is as definitely in Asia. So while your suggestions are all out, Yekaterinburg should also be substituted with something else (don't know what exactly, though).
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Level 65
Dec 16, 2018
Well that was way, way harder than I expected.
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Level 75
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 49
Dec 17, 2018
That metropolitan area of London is ridiculously large, some places included are 50miles away!
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Level 56
Sep 28, 2019
Great quiz! Didn't accept St. Petersburg :(
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Level ∞
Feb 27, 2021
Yes it did. Just pasted it directly from your comment and it worked.
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Level 26
Apr 24, 2020
Yekaterinburg is in Asia
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Level 47
Apr 1, 2021
I'm pretty sure it's on the border between Europe and Asia, so it's still considered a European city.
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Level 49
Jun 27, 2020
So many cities beginning with B...
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Level 55
Aug 31, 2020
I got Yekaterinburg, Ufa and Xanthi, but not Rome.

🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

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Level 70
Mar 5, 2021
Similar to you, I got Quimper, but not Athens.
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Level 40
Jun 24, 2021
I tried Dusseldorf, Dortmund and Dublin about 3-4 times each, before giving up on the letter D. Turns out the answer is one that I never heard of.
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Level 50
Jul 17, 2021
Yekaterinburg is not actually in Europe
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Level 56
Jul 19, 2021
I think the urban population for London and Moscow are the wrong way round. London's urban population is 14.8 million and Moscow's is 17.4 Million not the other way round.
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Level ∞
Jul 19, 2021
Fixed.