Most Guessed Cities in Europe - Not Capitals

Name the most well-known European urban areas that are not the capital of their country.
Based on JetPunk stats from this quiz, December 2020
One city is partially in Asia
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Last updated: December 3, 2020
First submittedOctober 26, 2017
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City
95
Barcelona
91
Manchester
91
Milan
90
Saint Petersburg
90
Istanbul
89
Munich
85
Glasgow
%
City
84
Edinburgh
83
Liverpool
83
Hamburg
82
Rotterdam / The Hague
82
Naples
81
Marseille
80
Frankfurt
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City
79
Venice
79
Lyon
78
Zürich
78
Birmingham
76
Porto
76
Cologne / Düsseldorf
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Level 60
Oct 26, 2017
Could you please accept the names of the cities in their native language ? Den Haag for The Hague, Coln for Cologne, Munchen for Munich ? Thanks
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Level ∞
Oct 26, 2017
Koln would have worked. Munchen would have worked.
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Level 34
Jan 11, 2021
You should do one for Asia, and Africa
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Level 67
Aug 8, 2019
's Gravenhage? ;)
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Level 60
Sep 14, 2020
Embra and Glesga as well?
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Level 36
Jan 19, 2021
who tf says embra? I'm from the west of Scotland, I've only ever heard "Edinbruh." Americans say "Edinburo"
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Level 82
Dec 3, 2020
Brum.
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Level 90
Dec 4, 2020
One may argue that The Hague is actually the capital of the Netherlands.
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Level 51
Jan 5, 2021
One may, but one would be wrong.
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Level 71
Jan 5, 2021
If you define "capital" as "seat of government", you'd be absolutely right. Every function of the Dutch government is located in The Hague.
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Level 45
Jan 27, 2021
lol
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Level 74
Oct 26, 2017
It took me an embarrassingly long time to remember the non-English cities in the UK.
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Level 62
Oct 26, 2017
Why do more people remember Manchester than Birmingham.
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Level 71
Oct 26, 2017
Football
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Level 52
Feb 15, 2018
Soccer
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Level 48
Nov 6, 2020
Footsoc
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Level 71
Jan 6, 2021
Sockball!
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Level 48
Jan 6, 2021
Baller
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Level 66
Nov 4, 2017
Actually, Manchester is usually reported as the second most important city of the UK, and lots of people think it's also the second largest by population. Sports, music, arts, economy, industry, university... Manchester is by far more famous and relevant abroad than Birmingham.
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Level 50
Feb 10, 2018
In football terms, yes, in all things that is rubbish, universities, arts, music, industry etc, but we have the media to blame for those opinions!
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Level 29
Feb 15, 2018
Birmingham has a higher population than Manchester
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Level 23
Jun 4, 2020
Yes manchester urban area is bigger than Birmingham's
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Level 47
Jan 5, 2021
Manchester is smaller in population than Birmingham because of the way Greater Manchester is split out between is different boroughs. In the same way, you wouldn't say Birmingham is bigger than London but if you look at the London Boroughs in the same way you would Manchester's, it would be true. Plus, lets not overlook the fact that Birmingham is a crap city.
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Level 84
Feb 10, 2018
Recent terrorist attacks might also help jog someone's memory.
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Level 79
Feb 11, 2018
Whyshould more people remember Birmingham than Manchester? As a Turkish person I know that Birmingham's population is bigger than Manchester but Manchester is by far more popular anywhere around Europe(and probably world). Manchester is the birthplace of İndustrial Revolution, It has two of the most popular teams in Premier League and generally people hears it more than Birmingham
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Level 52
Feb 12, 2018
Actually, Ironbridge or more specifically Coalbrookdale in Shropshire is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
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Level 82
Dec 3, 2020
Manchester has been far more important musically.
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Level 71
Dec 4, 2020
There's a huge concentration at the top of this list of cities with prominent football clubs.
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Level 57
Jan 5, 2021
What memorable comes from Birmingham?
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Level 64
Jan 5, 2021
Dexys Midnight Runners?
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Level 48
Jan 5, 2021
The English Beat
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Level 83
Jan 6, 2021
Ozzy but he can't remember it.
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Level 45
Feb 11, 2018
Accept Koeln and Muenchen for Köln and München?
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Level 79
Feb 12, 2018
Why? If anything it should be accepted in English and German which it is. Maybe if someone misspelled something but you're making up words now
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Level 58
Feb 12, 2018
Koeln and Muenchen ARE the names in German!
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Level 84
Feb 12, 2018
They are the Anglicized versions of the German name used by Germans speakers using an English keyboard. No German with an German keyboard would spell it ue. Though purely speculation I would imagine that most German speakers under the age of 40 would write it without the e on an English keyboard anyway.
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Level 62
Mar 16, 2018
I agree. As a german, I never used Koeln or Muenchen. On Jetpunk, I usually use u instead of ü and so on.
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Level 48
Nov 6, 2020
Actually on a recent trip to Berlin I saw the "ue"/"oe"/"ae" spelling quite a few times. (I couldn't work out why.)
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Level 73
Dec 4, 2020
Using ue/ae/oe is an older way of writing and now standard way to subsidize umlaute.

The reason for that is, that i.e. U and Ü are pronounced very differently and often change a word entirely. So the added e makes sure that the reader knows, that there shall be umlaute.

In standard German, Koln and Munchen would be considered incorrect. Of course, that doesn't really matter on Jetpunkt.

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Level 44
Feb 17, 2018
Where is Florence :O
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Level 61
Jul 22, 2018
Florence just missed the cut. The next cities are Florence, Turin, Seville and Nice
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Level 44
Mar 12, 2018
IS TURKEY PART OF EUROPE???
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Level 62
Mar 16, 2018
Qoute: One city is partially in Asia
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Level 67
Aug 3, 2019
It's a transcontinental country.
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Level 73
Jun 20, 2019
Birmingham is also called Birmingstan.
+17
Level 82
Dec 3, 2020
By idiots.
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Level 71
Jan 6, 2021
Why not Birmingabad? 😁
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Level 67
Aug 8, 2019
I missed three istanbul, let's not comment on that one, marseille and hamburg. I done quite a lot of quizzes and cant remember seeing either of them. Maybe the quiz this one is based on is one of the few that mentions them.
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Level 39
Sep 24, 2019
Belfast is a capital.... Northern Ireland
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Level 48
Oct 18, 2019
Northern Ireland is included in the country of The United Kingdom / UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). The single capital of The UK is London, and not Edinburgh, Cardiff or Belfast.
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Level 61
Jan 5, 2021
Most of these cities are the capital of something, just not of independant countries.
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Level 67
Feb 27, 2020
bUt BaRCeLoNa iS tHe CaPiTaL oF CaTaLoNia....
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Level 52
Sep 17, 2020
No.
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Level 71
Jan 5, 2021
It is the capital of Catalonia, however it is not a sovereign country.
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Level 52
Sep 17, 2020
Extremely surprised by the lack of St. Petersburg.
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Level 47
Oct 5, 2020
It's there on #3
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Level 81
Dec 3, 2020
Dortmund, Essen, and Duisburg, will continue to be infrequently guessed if we keep hiding them behind that blasted Ruhrgebiet moniker.
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Level 74
Dec 3, 2020
Surprised Geneva isn't here
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Level 83
Dec 3, 2020
I'm quite surprised Porto is more guessed than famed cultural cities like Florence, Krakow, Belfast, Dresden, etc. Maybe Porto appears on more quizzes as a second city and for population size...
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Level 58
Dec 5, 2020
Istanbul.. in Europe.. seriously?

Thanks!

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Level 69
Dec 16, 2020
According to the Istanbul Wikipedia page:

"Istanbul, formerly Byzantium and Constantinople, is the largest city in Turkey and the country's economic, cultural and historic center. The city straddles the Bosphorus, and lies in both Europe and Asia, with a population of over 15 million residents."

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Level 65
Jan 5, 2021
Half of Istanbul is in Europe. When I lived there, I slept in Asia and studied in Europe.
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Level 33
Dec 26, 2020
I got them all and only got one "strike" in the process...Antwerp.
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Level 39
Jan 5, 2021
Got 20/20. But with a few more strikes: Belfast, Amsterdam (out of curiosity), Antwerp, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Nice, Valencia, Sevilla, Geneva, Stuttgart, Ruhr, Dresden, Krakow... and then it hit me. Venice! :)
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Level 71
Jan 5, 2021
Aaarrgghhh... Just missed Istanbul. I initially thought of Turkey, but remembered JetPunk considers it to be an Asian country, so I just ignored the whole country!
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Level 64
Jan 5, 2021
Read the caveats - they practically give it to you!
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Level 71
Jan 8, 2021
Arrgghhh
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Level 39
Jan 5, 2021
Omg I actually got all of them
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Level 67
Jan 5, 2021
The Hague? Should have separated it from Rotterdam.
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Level 44
Jan 5, 2021
No Zurich/ Florence..surprising
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Level 30
Jan 5, 2021
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland?
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Level 52
Jan 5, 2021
But Scotland isn't independent yet
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Level 41
Jan 5, 2021
...Still, it is considered a "country", and Edinburgh is its capital.
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Level 47
Jan 5, 2021
Country as in the British equivalent of state so no.
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Level 42
Jan 5, 2021
I tried Bremen, Hannover, Dresden and Leipzig but totally forgot Hamburg *facepalm*
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Level 48
Jan 5, 2021
missed zurich and edinburgh, guess porto out of curiousity
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Level 20
Jan 7, 2021
Re Edinburgh, the quiz clearly states 'country' and not state, so the argument doesn't stand, Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and is a country, one of 4.
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Level 47
Jan 7, 2021
When you guess Thessaloniki before the second biggest city in Europe.

Sorry, Istanbul. Only one I missed