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Biggest Cities in Europe - Extreme

How many of the 200 most populous urban areas in Europe can you name?
By urban area, not city proper population - 2018
Data from citypopulation.de, eurostat and wikipedia
Some cities straddle Europe and Asia
Quiz by LovesPoetry
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Last updated: April 22, 2018
First submittedJune 30, 2017
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Population
Answer
17.2m
Moscow
15.8m
Istanbul
14.7m
London
11.4m
Paris
6.45m
Madrid
5.70m
Ruhr Area
5.60m
Saint Petersburg
5.20m
Milan
5.00m
Cologne / Düsseldorf
4.73m
Barcelona
4.75m
Berlin
4.23m
Naples
3.58m
Rome
3.45m
Kiev
3.35m
Athens
3.28m
Frankfurt am Main
3.23m
Rotterdam / The Hague
3.13m
Birmingham
3.05m
Manchester
2.88m
Hamburg
2.60m
Budapest
2.55m
Lisbon
2.45m
Amsterdam
2.38m
Upper Silesia
2.43m
Stuttgart
2.33m
Warsaw
2.28m
Munich
2.25m
Vienna
2.20m
Bucharest
2.15m
Leeds
2.20m
Stockholm
2.05m
Brussels
2.00m
Minsk
1.99m
Lyon
1.87m
Liverpool
1.77m
Valencia
1.74m
Nizhny Novgorod
1.66m
Glasgow
1.66m
Marseille
1.64m
Turin
1.67m
Copenhagen
1.65m
Kharkiv
1.65m
Yekaterinburg
1.58m
Mannheim
1.56m
Sheffield
1.47m
Newcastle
1.45m
Donetsk
1.43m
Prague
1.42m
Belgrade
1.42m
Chelyabinsk
1.41m
Volgograd
1.41m
Zürich
1.37m
Dublin
1.38m
Nottingham
1.40m
Dnipro
1.32m
Seville
1.31m
Samara
1.30m
Sofia
1.30m
Lille
1.30m
Rostov-on-Don
1.29m
Helsinki
1.26m
Kazan
1.21m
Nuremberg
1.18m
Oslo
1.16m
Southampton
1.15m
Porto
1.15m
Hanover
Population
Answer
1.13m
Ufa
1.12m
Perm
1.10m
Odessa
1.09m
Saratov
1.06m
Bordeaux
1.06m
Voronezh
1.04m
Antwerp
1.04m
Toulouse
1.01m
Málaga
980k
Florence
978k
Nice
938k
Gdańsk
878k
Łódź
921k
Zagreb
1.00m
Krasnodar
892k
Bilbao
799k
Utrecht
855k
Palermo
853k
Edinburgh
848k
Belfast
1.01m
Bremen
824k
Kraków
858k
Tirana
805k
Gothenburg
803k
Saarbrücken
790k
Lviv
788k
Thessaloniki
780k
Dresden
781k
Bologna
765k
Tolyatti
600k
Strasbourg
765k
Leicester
759k
Zaporizhia
724k
Alicante
634k
Eindhoven
759k
Zaragoza
606k
Liège
820k
Chișinău
731k
Karlsruhe
709k
Makhachkala
705k
Genoa
641k
Vilnius
687k
Cardiff
682k
Geneva
668k
Skopje
443k
Grenoble
657k
Catania
654k
Kryvyi Rih
701k
Riga
643k
Basel
555k
Sarajevo
651k
Bratislava
649k
Wrocław
634k
Freiburg im Breisgau
646k
Izhevsk
597k
Poznań
630k
Murcia
617k
Bristol
631k
Cheboksary
639k
Nantes
625k
Ulyanovsk
608k
Yaroslavl
603k
Bielefeld
595k
Kingston-upon-Hull
593k
Ghent
558k
Montpellier
589k
Bari
Population
Answer
589k
Penza
576k
Tallinn
617k
Breda
565k
Orenburg
563k
Granada
560k
Venice
561k
Leipzig
561k
Linz
579k
Kirov
552k
Douai / Lens
432k
Toulon
550k
Palma de Mallorca
804k
Aachen
543k
Plovdiv
542k
Vigo
431k
Groningen
539k
Ryazan
540k
Ljubljana
534k
Padua
534k
Astrakhan
525k
Stavropol
532k
Naberezhnye Chelny
441k
Saint Étienne
526k
Gomel
555k
Lipetsk
514k
Verona
510k
Malmö
505k
Ostrava
504k
Priština
500k
Bydgoszcz
505k
Rouen
494k
Mykolaiv
488k
Charleroi
483k
Tula
424k
Sochi
483k
Szczecin
476k
Cagliari
476k
Clermont-Ferrand
475k
Stoke-on-Trent
474k
Iaşi
470k
Brescia
469k
Middlesbrough
475k
Kaliningrad
465k
Bournemouth
462k
Swansea
461k
Mariupol
459k
Tours
450k
Bergamo
437k
Ivanovo
449k
Kursk
446k
Brighton
439k
Lublin
420k
Tver
443k
Rennes
434k
Augsburg
431k
Brunswick
430k
Vinnytsia
425k
Luhansk
471k
Metz
424k
Valladolid
423k
Brno
422k
Taranto
420k
Constanţa
418k
Sevastopol
418k
Varna
428k
Valletta
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level 71
Oct 6, 2017
what about adding a map?
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level 60
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 65
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 65
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 57
Oct 6, 2017
A good knowledge of Russian cities comes in hand, then! :-)
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level 57
Oct 7, 2017
I missed so many that I knew. I forgot Milan and Warsaw for chrissakes!
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level 51
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 60
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 76
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 65
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 51
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 78
Oct 7, 2017
I still can't spell yketerinaburg apparently.
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level 74
Oct 8, 2017
Worst misses: Birmingham & Belgrade. D'OH!
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level 61
Oct 8, 2017
Why is the population of Istanbul's Asian part counted as well?
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level 80
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 60
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 75
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 65
Aug 22, 2019
In these quizes they never use the city proper but the metro area ( I hope I am using the correct terms)
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level 76
Oct 14, 2017
Why do I always forget about Sheffield?
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level 76
Oct 19, 2017
just started naming football clubs when I ran out of obvious ones I knew.
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level 65
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 70
Nov 21, 2017
Or you could spell it Dnipropetrovsk, since Dnipropretovsk doesn't exist.
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level 78
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 66
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
Nov 21, 2017
Bournemouth isn't city.
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level 58
Nov 21, 2017
Please accept 'Den Haag' for The Hague.
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level ∞
Nov 21, 2017
Okay
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level 59
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 81
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 75
Nov 22, 2017
Occasionally they count the whole region/province ...
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level 60
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 41
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 86
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 57
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 60
Nov 22, 2017
Breda / Tilburg is not one metropole..
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level 65
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 33
Nov 28, 2017
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level 60
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 60
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 86
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 75
Feb 11, 2018
See explanation a bit higher up.
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level 78
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 55
Jan 3, 2019
I second that.
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level 73
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 77
Mar 5, 2018
Athens and Kiev are mixed up. Athens is 3.45 mil, Kiev is 3.38 mil.
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level 76
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 76
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 60
Aug 17, 2019
cities*
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level 71
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 59
Apr 23, 2018
stop resetting quizes, I'll never get to lvl 56
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level 60
Apr 24, 2018
I'm sorry, citypopulation and eurostat updated their datasets, so I updated my quiz with it.
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level 81
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 65
Aug 22, 2019
looking at it won't change your level ;)
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level 57
Jun 23, 2018
Hard !
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level 75
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 60
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 70
Aug 24, 2018
I managed to miss seven that I've visited!
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level 73
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 65
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 65
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 53
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.