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International Suburbs Quiz

For each group of suburbs, name the major city they are near.
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Last updated: October 21, 2016
First submittedAugust 6, 2012
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Suburbs
City
Saint-Denis, Versailles
Paris
Kawasaki, Yokohama
Tokyo
Mississauga, Brampton
Toronto
Bondi Beach, Manly
Sydney
Croydon, Islington
London
Incheon, Bucheon
Seoul
Soweto, Roodepoort
Johannesburg
Heliopolis, Giza
Cairo
Quezon City, Caloocan
Manila
Suburbs
City
Guarulhos, Osasco
São Paulo
Peredelkino, Mytishchi
Moscow
Haarlem, Zaanstad
Amsterdam
Fiumicino, Trastevere
Rome
Laval, Longueuil
Montreal
Burnaby, Surrey
Vancouver
Beyoğlu, Sultanbeyli
Istanbul
Ecatepec de Morelos, Ixtapaluca
Mexico City
Sadr City, Sha'ab
Baghdad
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Level 60
Dec 3, 2012
Zaanstad and Haarlem can hardly be called suburbs of Amsterdam. That would be like describing Oxford and Cambridge as suburbs of London. They are both cities in their own right, in fact Haarlem - and not Amsterdam - is the provincial capital of North Holland (Noord Holland).
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Level ∞
Dec 3, 2012
They are definitely part of the Amsterdam metro, though. Cambridge and Oxford are much, much further from London then these cities are from Amsterdam.
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Level 4
Dec 26, 2012
With all the respekt, dear Quizmaster, you are absolutely wrong on this subject. I live in The Netherlands (and lived there for my whole life by the way), and absolutly no one will consider Zaandam, and most definitly nor Haarlem, as suburbs of Amsterdam. As said, Haarlem is the Province Capital, and by no means part of the metropolitan area of Amsterdam. Than Utrecht, Alkmaar or Leiden could also be suburbs of Amsterdam, nonsense of course....
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Level 78
Jan 9, 2013
Utrecth is much farther away and much more populous. There is significantly more green space separating Utrecht from Amsterdam. There is a little bit of green space separating Amsterdam from Haarlem, but none at all separating it from Zaansted. Just the river.
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Level 78
Jan 9, 2013
From Wikipedia: Zaanstad is a municipality in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Its main town is Zaandam. It is part of the metropolitan area of Amsterdam. Apparently "absolutely no one" was not accurate.
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Level 66
Mar 18, 2020
@quizmaster everything is closer together in the netherlands, soon it will be one big city ;)

(perhaps the 3 provinces in the north east, but give it time, but maybe by then we life in some ultrafuturistic times, where everything is green and only every 30 kilometer there are spaceneedle (no reference to the thing with the same name) where all the people of that area live. So no infrastructure. Earth back to its untainted self and us locked up in ivory towers. With perhaps outings in some flying pods) hmm. Maybe I should write a book haha

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Level 78
Jan 9, 2013
::shrug:: Haarlem is 10 miles from Amsterdam, measured city center-to-city center. Has Haarlem's growth been affected by the growth of Amsterdam? Are there a significant number of people who live in Haarlem who commute to work in Amsterdam? My family lives in Gainseville, which is certainly a suburb of Washington DC, is more than 25 miles away.Amsterdam has an urban population of 1.2 million. Haarlem's is just over 100,000. Some population figures for suburbs of Washington: Alexandria 144,000, Arlington 216,000, Fairfax 4.1 million. Sounds like a suburb to me.
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Level 78
Mar 30, 2017
It works. Perfectly fine. If cities grow into each other they do in fact become urban agglomerations. This has been happening since before the United States was even a country. For example about 2000-3000 years ago when several different settlements on hills around the Tiber River grew, merged, and became Rome. Or when Buda and Pest became Budapest.
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Level 75
Apr 12, 2017
Just read the beginning (introduction and usage) of the Wikipedia article on suburbs. That's where all the confusion comes from ...
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Level 66
Mar 18, 2020
I think this might be a good and simple definition for a suburb: "A suburb is an area of a town or city, a little away from Downtown, where there are fewer big buildings and mainly houses, schools and shops"

If the other city has no significant industry of their own and only cornershops, little supermarkets and hairdressers and a bakery etc. Then yea if it is close enough I think you can consider it a suburb. But if it has factories offices and all the stuff the other big city has ( just slightly less) and is not connected. No I would not call it a suburb.

In the 2nd case when it ís connected, I still dont think it is called a suburb is it, it would an aglomeration or even conglomeration if I am not mistaken.

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Level 66
Mar 18, 2020

I think satellite-city is a better term to use. "Satellite cities differ from suburbs in that they have distinct employment bases, commutersheds, and cultural offerings from the central metropolis, as well as an independent municipal government"

Satellite cities are completely independent and self-sufficient.

(ps in many countries a suburb per definition can't be a city, only neighbourhoods. For cities that have become joined with another city and/or are dependent on it there are other terms)

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Level 66
Mar 18, 2020
Serious question. Would you say Philadelphia is a suburb of New York city? They are relatively close (75 km edge to edge, and if you go by metro it seems to be 0 km border around trenton) and doesnt seem to be much rural area in between. I zoomed in and you can see to go from one to another with always have building in sight (tress etc obscuring view obviously not counted. only around windsor it seems to be a bit thinner spread but still no more than a couple of hundred meters, close enough to see)

If so I can understand your other choices.

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Level 76
Jan 13, 2016
Echoing other comments, Burnaby and Surrey are not suburbs of Vancouver. They're separate cities with their own mayors/city councils. They are fellow members of Metro Vancouver, but that does not make them suburbs. Quizmaster, why don't you do yourself a favour and change the instructions to "suburbs or adjacent cities in the same metro area." That way we can stop griping that your quiz is incorrect.
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Level ∞
Jan 13, 2016
I really don't understand this complaint. How is Burnaby not a suburb? Do people not commute from Burnaby to Vancouver?
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Level 76
May 8, 2018
If commuting is the definition, then Milton Keynes, Oxford and numerous other distant unconnected places could reasonably be considered suburbs of London; and my tiny Yorkshire village could be considered a suburb of two separate cities that are each ten miles away. That isn't what a suburb is.
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Level 66
Mar 18, 2020
If commuting is the determiner that would paint a weird picture in case of the netherlands, people from all over the country commute to amsterdam (not just amsterdam though) I don't think there is a province where there isn't a single person that commutes to amsterdam.
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Level 41
May 9, 2016
Being a separate city does not mean they aren't suburbs. A suburb can either be a residential area within a city, or an entirely different municipality within commuting distance of a major city. Burnaby and Surrey fall into the latter definition, which is why they are considered to be suburbs of Vancouver, no different than Mississauga and Brampton being suburbs or Toronto.
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Level 62
Jan 21, 2017
Great quiz - for a change one that's not focused mostly on the U.S.
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Level 78
Jul 29, 2018
I was hoping for international urban areas like San Diego-Tijuana and Kinshasa-Brazzaville that get short shrift on quizzes.
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Level 60
Jan 16, 2019
Great debate on what qualifies as a suburb, but the entire premise of this quiz is embarrassingly myopic: the fact that 'international' presumes 'not US' means that the quiz inherently not international; not at all. Only from a US perspective, which, again...
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Level 56
Sep 20, 2019
Yes, it is from a U.S. perspective because this is an American website. Everyone else seemed to understand it without a problem.
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Level 71
Aug 30, 2019
Too canada-centric! (And I'm totally not saying that because the only thing I missed were all 3 Canadian cities)
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Level 32
Feb 5, 2020
I’m Canadian and appreciated the help 🙂 Though going to Laval and referring to it as a suburb of Montreal will get you a poutine dumped in your lap.