Biggest Cities in Europe - Extreme

How many of the 200 most populous urban areas in Europe can you name?
Based on urban agglomeration population according to citypopulation.de, 2020
Some cities straddle Europe and Asia
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Last updated: April 23, 2020
First submittedJune 30, 2017
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Population
Answer
17.3m
Moscow
16.0m
Istanbul
14.8m
London
11.4m
Paris
6.55m
Madrid
6.20m
Milan
5.70m
Ruhr Area
5.65m
Saint Petersburg
5.00m
Cologne / Düsseldorf
4.78m
Barcelona
4.73m
Berlin
4.23m
Naples
3.58m
Rome
3.48m
Kiev
3.35m
Athens
3.25m
Frankfurt am Main
3.25m
Rotterdam / The Hague
3.15m
Birmingham
3.05m
Manchester
2.88m
Hamburg
2.70m
Brussels
2.63m
Budapest
2.48m
Amsterdam
2.48m
Lisbon
2.40m
Stuttgart
2.38m
Warsaw
2.35m
Upper Silesia
2.25m
Munich
2.25m
Vienna
2.23m
Stockholm
2.20m
Bucharest
2.18m
Leeds
2.00m
Minsk
1.98m
Lyon
1.88m
Liverpool
1.84m
Valencia
1.73m
Nizhny Novgorod
1.68m
Copenhagen
1.68m
Glasgow
1.66m
Marseille
1.66m
Yekaterinburg
1.64m
Kharkiv
1.64m
Turin
1.58m
Mannheim
1.57m
Sheffield
1.54m
Porto
1.48m
Newcastle
1.44m
Donetsk
1.44m
Prague
1.43m
Zürich
1.42m
Belgrade
1.41m
Chelyabinsk
1.41m
Volgograd
1.39m
Dnipro
1.39m
Dublin
1.38m
Nottingham
1.30m
Helsinki
1.30m
Rostov-on-Don
1.30m
Samara
1.30m
Sofia
1.29m
Lille
1.29m
Seville
1.26m
Kazan
1.22m
Antwerp
1.20m
Nuremberg
1.19m
Oslo
1.16m
Southampton
Population
Answer
1.15m
Hanover
1.13m
Ufa
1.11m
Odessa
1.10m
Perm
1.09m
Saratov
1.08m
Bordeaux
1.06m
Voronezh
1.04m
Toulouse
1.03m
Málaga
1.01m
Florence
1.00m
Bremen
995k
Utrecht
960k
Cardiff
946k
Nice
935k
Bielefeld
935k
Edinburgh
926k
Bristol
915k
Krasnodar
911k
Bilbao
907k
Saarbrücken
904k
Gdańsk
900k
Palermo
872k
Tirana
834k
Dresden
829k
Łódź
819k
Kraków
813k
Aachen / Heerlen
809k
Zagreb
806k
Thessaloniki
791k
Geneva
771k
Basel
756k
Tolyatti
748k
Leipzig
739k
Zaporizhia
726k
Zaragoza
725k
Lviv
720k
Makhachkala
716k
Nantes
712k
Coventry
712k
Leicester
708k
Gothenburg
704k
Catania
688k
Riga
685k
Murcia
653k
Liège
649k
Izhevsk
641k
Wrocław
628k
Ulyanovsk
625k
Kryvyi Rih
623k
Belfast
622k
Cheboksary
613k
Bologna
610k
Yaroslavl
598k
Poznań
596k
Brighton
586k
Bari
587k
Penza
585k
Chișinău
585k
Kirov
583k
Breda / Tilburg
581k
Genoa
581k
Toulon
572k
Vilnius
565k
Orenburg
560k
Arnhem / Nijmegen
558k
Ryazan
556k
Lipetsk
Population
Answer
553k
Bournemouth
553k
Skopje
552k
Eindhoven
542k
Strasbourg
539k
Grenoble
537k
Gomel
534k
Astrakhan
534k
Naberezhnye Chelny
528k
Montpellier
528k
Stavropol
524k
Granada
520k
Ostrava
518k
Douai / Lens
516k
Karlsruhe
515k
Augsburg
511k
Middlesbrough
502k
Mönchengladbach
491k
Padua
490k
Alicante
489k
Malmö
487k
Rouen
483k
Mykolaiv
482k
Avignon
482k
Kaliningrad
479k
Tula
476k
Bratislava
472k
Palma de Mallorca
471k
Ghent
465k
Tallinn
463k
Verona
460k
Valletta
458k
Brescia
451k
Blackburn
450k
Kursk
449k
Chemnitz
446k
Grozny
446k
Metz
442k
Stoke-on-Trent
441k
Saint Étienne
440k
Mariupol
439k
Sochi
438k
Brunswick
436k
Ivanovo
438k
Plovdiv
435k
Szczecin
433k
Venice
432k
Cagliari
431k
Lausanne
427k
Charleroi
426k
San Sebastian
423k
Bern
423k
Brno
421k
Tver
419k
Swansea
414k
Enschede
413k
Magnitogorsk
409k
Belgorod
409k
Rennes
409k
Sevastopol
406k
Vigo
404k
Bryansk
404k
Luhansk
403k
Kingston-upon-Hull
402k
Tarragona
402k
Tours
401k
Taranto
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Level 61
Apr 4, 2020
Methodology:

  • If urban agglomeration data is available that data was used
  • If only urban area data is available, nearby smaller urban areas were added to the total. Areas up to 20km from the center are considered if there is built-up area between them.
  • If only city proper data is available, any adjacent or connected communes were added to the total
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Level 72
Oct 6, 2017
what about adding a map?
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Level 61
Oct 6, 2017
I have a quiz with a map for the biggest 100 cities. I'm looking to make one with the biggest 250 as well.
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Level 67
Aug 22, 2019
great idea :) though it can go both ways, it can help you but somehow sometimes alos get in the way of your thought process
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Level 67
Aug 22, 2019
It would be nice if the answers also showed the countries. So it would be educational as well (and as far as I'm concerned, perhaps in the questions aswell, it well help guide your focus)

And maybe even have them alphabetically? instead of ordered by size? Because the size doesnt really help for anything, besides if you miss something in the top 10.

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Level 71
Apr 21, 2020
You want an extreme biggest cities in Europe quiz on a map? try this (slightly different) quiz!
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Level 58
Oct 6, 2017
A good knowledge of Russian cities comes in hand, then! :-)
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Level 61
Oct 7, 2017
I missed so many that I knew. I forgot Milan and Warsaw for chrissakes!
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Level 78
Apr 5, 2020
Edinburgh & Brussels here. SMH
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Level 52
Oct 7, 2017
Heaping some cities together is just no fair and not correct. Breda and Tilburg are 30 km apart, and in between is not a built-up area.
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Level 61
Oct 8, 2017
A lot of urban areas are edge cases, but you have to draw the line somewhere. I tried to follow the methods of citypopulation.de for cities below 1m inhabitants and since citypopulation.de has a lot of edge cases as well, I think my edge cases are fair too. Breda/Tilburg has its own wikipedia page, so it can definitely be considered a single urban region.
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Level 73
Nov 23, 2017
kidding, right? they're archenemies.
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Level 66
May 21, 2018
Wikipedia is probably the only exception then. Breda and Tilburg are never, never, never ever considered as one urban area. Never.
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Level 81
Dec 7, 2018
Archenemies are often neighbors. San Francisco and Oakland, New York and New Jersey, have been historically worlds apart but obviously they are single metropolises.
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Level 67
Aug 22, 2019
30km is a lot in the netherlands, you are allready almost halfway out of the country with 30 km ;)

Rotterdam the hague is similarly weird imo. It won;t be long or we 'll be a city state too I guess, haha, one big municipality (or atleast all besides the provinces groningen, friesland, drenthe)

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Level 55
Oct 23, 2019
Last time I checked Breda and Tilburg were only 9 kilometers apart. Also there's a town called Gilze en Rijen between them...
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Level 80
Oct 7, 2017
I still can't spell yketerinaburg apparently.
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Level 63
Oct 8, 2017
Why is the population of Istanbul's Asian part counted as well?
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Level 82
Oct 10, 2017
This is worst quiz on Jetpunk. One example: Sarajevo 643,000 people in this quiz. Last census in 2013. says: 275,524 in city proper and 413,593 in Sarajevo Canton. Where did they find extra 200,000 people?
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Level 61
Oct 15, 2017
I pulled most of the stats from here. The source lines up quite well with the stats from citypopulation.de, which is used a lot on jetpunk. The stats line up best in heavily populated areas, but in less populated areas they tend to overestimate the population. I tried to correct for those though, so I believe my stats are fairly accurate.
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Level 83
Apr 21, 2020
Oh no my friend. THIS is the worst quiz on JetPunk.
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Level 77
Oct 14, 2017
Some populations are really pulled out of nowhere. Ljubljana number is actually the whole Central Slovenia statistical region, the city has 280,000, we could a few other places to reach a bit over 300,000.
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Level 77
Oct 14, 2017
Why do I always forget about Sheffield?
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Level 77
Oct 19, 2017
just started naming football clubs when I ran out of obvious ones I knew.
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Level 67
Aug 22, 2019
That was my strategy too, but I could only think of 3, 2 of which I had allready named haha. And the third I tried for fun, no idea it was actually a city.. so I learned that now..
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Level 73
Nov 21, 2017
Or you could spell it Dnipropetrovsk, since Dnipropretovsk doesn't exist.
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Level 80
Nov 21, 2017
Got everything down to Samara... Seville's the biggest one I missed. Must have missed Riga on a typo because I'm sure I typed it in... that was the most obvious one I missed.
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Level 48
Jun 29, 2020
Seville is a beautiful city, I've been there!
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Level 69
Nov 21, 2017
Got 43%... Knew enough for at least 66%... So disappointed in myself
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Level 40
Nov 21, 2017
MISTAKE: Oslo has not a population of 1.6 million. The population is 634 293 pr 2014
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Level 58
Jul 28, 2020
MISTAKE: This quiz is about urban areas, not cities proper.
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Level 60
Nov 21, 2017
Bournemouth isn't city.
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Level 59
Nov 21, 2017
Please accept 'Den Haag' for The Hague.
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Level ∞
Nov 21, 2017
Okay
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Level 65
Nov 21, 2017
Please correct Gdánsk to Gdańsk.
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Level 29
Nov 21, 2017
How. Did. I. Forget. LONDON!!
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Level 83
Nov 23, 2017
I forgot Brussels.
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Level 51
Nov 21, 2017
Gdansk with 900 000 people?!
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Level 77
Nov 22, 2017
Occasionally they count the whole region/province ...
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Level 61
Nov 25, 2017
It's the urban area, which consists of Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia as well as a few smaller towns.
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Level 53
Apr 21, 2020
Yes it is called trojmiasto (three cities).
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Level 42
Nov 21, 2017
London is more populous than Istanbul
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Level 62
Feb 22, 2018
If you believe that then you might as well believe Mary Poppins saying "Anything can happen if you let it".
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Level 89
Apr 22, 2018
Not only is London smaller than Istanbul total, London is smaller than the European side of Istanbul. London is 8.5m. Istanbul total is 15.0m. Istanbul's population is split about 1/3 in Asia and 2/3 in Europe, putting it's European population at about 10m.
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Level 59
Nov 21, 2017
Great quiz. There are always going to be disputes as to what is included with what, but I really enjoyed this one.
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Level 64
Nov 22, 2017
Breda / Tilburg is not one metropole..
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Level 66
Nov 22, 2017
I'd suggest you may accept "Clermont" for "Clermont-Ferrand". That's how the city in Auvergne is widely known and called, at least in France.
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Level 38
Nov 28, 2017
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Level 66
Nov 23, 2017
I missed cities like Belfast, Seville, Antwerp and Sheffield but got places like Naberezhnye, Stavropol, Kirov and Ulyansk. My knowledge of russian cities finally coming into play.
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Level 66
Jan 10, 2018
Considering that Istanbul is included in this quiz Ankara, which has a decent population greater than some other cities in the quiz, should be incorporated into it.
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Level 61
Jan 13, 2018
Unlike Istanbul, Ankara is not in Europe though. Istanbul lies on the border of Europe and Asia, therefore it's included here.
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Level 88
Feb 9, 2018
So I was trying to figure out why I couldn't get "Stettin", or any of its various spellings to work. It turns out that when I typed in "st etien" to start St. Etienne the quiz accepted it as Stettin already - but not as St Etienne. Which is pretty weird. I get that Szczecin is pretty weird to spell but "Stetien" is pretty far off.
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Level 77
Feb 11, 2018
See explanation a bit higher up.
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Level 80
Apr 22, 2018
I don't see any explanation, it must have been removed. Anyway this is a problem. I thought I had validated St Etienne and had not. I strongly suggest that "Stetien" validates both St Etienne and Szczecin...
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Level 58
Jan 3, 2019
I second that.
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Level 66
Apr 21, 2020
Me too! I have typed "stetien" and thought it validated Saint Étienne; then, when I typed "szczecin", I wondered how doesn't Szczecin make the list. Turns out - I accidentally got Szczecin, but missed Saint Étienne. Also, I don't understand why "krakov" validates Kharkiv, but not Kraków.
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Level 74
Feb 16, 2018
Dnipropetrovsk changed its name to Dnipro in 2016.
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Level ∞
Feb 17, 2018
Okay
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Level 79
Mar 5, 2018
Athens and Kiev are mixed up. Athens is 3.45 mil, Kiev is 3.38 mil.
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Level 77
Apr 22, 2018
Kind of astounded how many British cities are on here. Was surprised by Nottingham; would never even have thought to try Middlesborough.
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Level 78
Apr 22, 2018
Russian city's are right up there with Chinese cities when it comes to having forgettable names
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Level 67
Aug 17, 2019
cities*
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Level 76
Oct 6, 2019
That's only because you don't speak the language or know what the city names mean. For most european countries it isn't that obvious because they don't have many big cities, but their names would be equally difficult to remember when you only see them as letter combinations without their meaning.
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Level 61
Apr 23, 2018
stop resetting quizes, I'll never get to lvl 56
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Level 61
Apr 24, 2018
I'm sorry, citypopulation and eurostat updated their datasets, so I updated my quiz with it.
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Level 83
Apr 25, 2018
I suggest you go into your profile and look at the list of "All Untaken" quizzes. You'll have no problem... :-)
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Level 67
Aug 22, 2019
looking at it won't change your level ;)
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Level 83
Apr 13, 2020
No, but that list expands your view of where a person can earn more points, if that's your goal. :-)
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Level 82
Apr 21, 2020
Hey, you're at level 59 now! Way to persevere.
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Level 59
Jun 23, 2018
Hard !
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Level 77
Aug 3, 2018
It's really messed up, everyone knows that Graz is the 2nd largest city in Austria, so I didn't try the others when it didn't work ...
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Level 61
Aug 3, 2018
Graz is only bigger by city proper population. By urban area Linz is bigger. Btw, Graz only barely missed this quiz at 416k.
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Level 72
Aug 24, 2018
I managed to miss seven that I've visited!
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Level 74
Jan 8, 2019
Yekaterinburg is is Asia. An Asia-Europe border marker near the city is 17 km to its west at this location.
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Level 67
Aug 22, 2019
Wow average is high, I thought I didnt do too bad with 74, but average is 96 ! Though cities isnt my greatest subject, I started out pretty well. And since it is europe, and doesnt need to be a capital I thought I wasnt too below average. Admitedly the last 10 minutes I didnt have much to do, I might have found 10 more. But it was mostly a blank stare...

The highest I missed was Naples and Zurich. The lowest guessed I did have was Groningen and the lowest inhabitants I guessed was Swansea ( Started thinking about football (or whatever sport they are from) but didnt help me much haha, could only think of swansea, manchester and milan hahaha) You can tell I am not a sportsperson..

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Level 66
Sep 2, 2019
Valletta's population is in no way 418k - that's the population of the whole country (Malta)!
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Level 80
Apr 21, 2020
Which is so small that it constitutes a single urban area.
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Level 66
Jan 14, 2020
I am going to say so too: it is interesting to see if one can come up with 200 candidate cities, but clearly a very strange definition of what constitutes a city has been used. I have lived in both Breda and Tilburg and worked in between in Rijen and there is absolutely no way that these are contiguous. I think the population of Greater London is about half the figure quoted in this list - so the list seems to count population way beyond the M25 as being Londoners which is contentious to say the least.
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Level 82
Apr 5, 2020
Heerlen/Aachen even! With one city in the Netherlands and the other in Germany. Although, they probably are close enough to count as one urban area. I once lived in Heerlen, for a whole 4 years.
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Level 73
Apr 8, 2020
One of those German cities doesn't actually exist, of course
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Level 80
Apr 21, 2020
Too bad Nicosia doesn't make the cut-off
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Level 49
Apr 21, 2020
Groningen should be here if Enschede is,we are bigger than them tuckers
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Level 48
Apr 21, 2020
How can La Valletta have 460k people if this is the total population of Malta?
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Level 61
Apr 21, 2020
Cologne/ Düsseldorf is in the Ruhr Area
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Level 73
Apr 21, 2020
I wonder why so many people make statements about a region about which they obviously don't know the first thing. Cologne and Düsseldorf (which are two separate cities) are both in the Rhine Area. The Ruhr Area, although nearby, is a different region. It's just like saying that Jersey City is in New York.
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Level 45
Apr 21, 2020
It's a bit weird to see Arnhem-Nijmegen on this list. It's not really one place, just like Tilburg-Breda and Den Haag-Rotterdam. There is countryside inbetween them, and they are at least 10 kilometers apart. And I'd never guess Arnhem or Nijmegen, since both of them have under 200.000 inhabitants. In the Netherlands the biggest places are, in order: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag, Utrecht, Eindhoven, Tilburg, Groningen, Almere, Breda, Nijmegen, we do not consider any of those places the same. It's like saying Liverpool and Manchester are the same place, which they obviously aren't.
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Level 64
Apr 21, 2020
Sochi appears to be in Asia, no? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Europe_Asia_transcontinental.png
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Level 58
Apr 21, 2020
Excellent but subjective quiz. I live in a small rural village about eight miles from the centre of Southampton. The only way that the city population approaches anything like 1.1million is if I (and everyone who lives between my village and the city proper) is included in the total. For those who do not know the area the city has a neat boundary created by the M27 motorway - everything inside the boundary is in Southampton, everything else is in the towns of Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, Totton et al - all significant settlements in their own right who certainly do not consider themselves as part of Southampton. The real population of Southampton is about 270,000, which equates to the unitary population.
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Level 56
Apr 21, 2020
Can you accept Braunschweig for Brunswick?
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Level 67
Apr 22, 2020
Yes, please accept Braunschweig for Brunswick.
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Level 61
Apr 23, 2020
braunschweig will work now
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Level 65
Apr 21, 2020
Second the Braunschweig for Brunswick as it is the correct name of the city. Also not sure how the figure for Blackburn is made up, unless it includes Burnley and/or Preston, both of which were tried, and both of which are bigger on citypopulation.de.
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Level 61
Apr 23, 2020
Blackburn urban area includes Burnley. Burnley will now work as a type-in
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Level 86
May 12, 2020
Done in 6'19''
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Level 86
May 14, 2020
6'16''
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Level 80
Aug 28, 2020
you're shrinking?
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Level 32
Jun 2, 2020
136... I put so much difficult ones in Ukraine and Russia and I forgot about Switzerland existing and giant cities such as Birmingham and Warsaw. How the hell I'm able to remember Lodz and Gdansk and forget the Big one smh. If I work It hard I can have like 170 or so but I'm not good enough to do It 100%, I'm pretty sure. I needed like 12-13 tries to get the 100 cities done correctly...
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Level 51
Jun 8, 2020
I got 83 my first try, but looking at the list, I know a lot more than I actually put down. Guess I cant think of all these at once!
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Level 58
Oct 24, 2020
Somehow forgot Cologne/Dusseldorf, but only because I thought they counted as Ruhr.