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Cities with the Most Foreign Embassies

Name the world cities that are home to the most foreign embassies.
According to Wikipedia
Includes "high commissions" as well as embassies
Quiz by bleumarine22
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First submittedSeptember 2, 2013
Last updatedJanuary 14, 2018
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City
183
Brussels
177
Washington DC
168
London
166
Beijing
160
Berlin
158
Paris
153
Tokyo
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City
150
New Delhi
148
Moscow
141
Cairo
140
Rome
133
Pretoria
131
Brasilia
130
Ottawa
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City
125
Ankara
121
Madrid
117
Vienna
110
Seoul
108
Addis Ababa
107
The Hague
107
Stockholm
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level 77
Sep 3, 2013
You always have interesting ideas for quizzes. I got everything except Pretoria- I thought of South Africa while I was going through other countries in my mind, but I couldn't recall which of its three capitals had embassies and so I skipped it but then I forgot to come back.
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level 77
Dec 19, 2013
Took it again, this time got everything but Ankara. Accidentally put Istanbul instead - d'oh! Noob mistake. >_< Glad to see you finally got your first featured quiz. You've made a bunch that are deserving.
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level 46
Dec 19, 2013
Thanks ;)
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level 77
Jan 13, 2014
Got 100% this time.
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level 62
May 21, 2015
This is a time when a like button would be so useful. I really enjoyed this quiz and I like that kalbahamut did his write-up. Given that he has had more than a few of his quizes published, I'm glad he gives encouragement to others.
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level 58
Jan 13, 2014
Got 'em all except, Seoul. I regularly forget South Korea when cycling through that region.
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level 48
Jan 13, 2014
Nice quiz!
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level 61
Jan 13, 2014
nice quiz that. den hague got me.
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level 22
Mar 10, 2014
this quiz is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
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level 69
May 5, 2014
With the UN, New York City should be on this list as these are separate embassies from the ones in Washington DC. I believe there are even nations with an embassy in NYC, but not one in DC.
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level 71
Jan 18, 2018
Why would bleumarine22 go to the trouble of making a quiz – even listing the number of embassies for each city! – but randomly leave off New York? Also, why would you post this without taking the 15 seconds it took to Google and find out that NYC currently has a couple fewer than the last answer on this quiz, thus rightfully not making the list? // Yeah, I know I'm writing this 3 yrs after the fact, but the mind just *boggles*. Anywho… cool quiz, bleu!
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level 69
Jan 18, 2018
The reason is the Diplomatic Missions to the Un in New York are not embassies. They are mostly consulates general. Only nine countries have full embassies in New York - hence the reason it is not on the list.
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level 68
May 17, 2014
As a european, I am pleasantly surprised Brussels got the top spot instead of Washington.
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level 77
May 25, 2014
As capital of the European Union and with so many little micronations in Europe it picks up a bunch... I think there are five or six countries in Europe smaller than the US state of Rhode Island. Most of them have no need for an embassy in Washington but might open one up in Brussels, and similarly countries around the world that may want to do business with the EU would set up shop there, as well.
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level 71
Jan 18, 2018
As an *American*, I was also pleased as punch Brussels got the top spot instead of Washington :-)
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level 55
Jun 23, 2014
I wrote Cape Town, Johannesburg and Bloemfontein, too... but I didn't write Pretoria.
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level 67
Jan 23, 2018
Yeah me too. Frustrating.
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level 37
Nov 20, 2014
Dammit, I should've known about The Hague.
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level 53
Feb 9, 2019
Amsterdam or Rotterdam should have been accepted also. the Hague is a metroplex, not a city.
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level 39
Jan 11, 2015
uhmm i was looking through the countries in the source. and I found that dominica was not listed as a country. kind of weird.
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level 84
Mar 4, 2015
I would have thought Rome would have a higher number because it would have embassies to Italy and the Holy See.
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level 71
Mar 25, 2015
That's what I was going to say, too. For example did this one get counted? Polish Embassy in Roma, Vatican Embassy of Poland in Vatican City Via dei Delfini 16 int. 3 00186
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level 43
Jan 18, 2016
Vatican City is not Rome.
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level 73
Nov 7, 2016
While this depends on your point of view, the embassies certainly are in Rome, not in Vatican.
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level 59
Jan 15, 2018
You also have the embassies for the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in Rome, so there are actually three sets of some embassies!
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level 66
Jan 15, 2018
Vatican City is not Rome, but in such small territory they can't host the embassies and in fact all Embassies to the Vatican are in Rome's territory. On the other hand, many country have one single embassy for Italy, Vatican and Sovereing Military Order of Malta. Plus, some also incorporate the Embassy to the UN in Rome. On Wikipedia - indicated as source - it says: "the capital city of Rome hosts 141 embassies for Italy as well as some for the Holy See of Vatican City" which by 1 is in any case inconsistent with the number here (140)
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level ∞
Jan 15, 2018
We're only counting embassies of sovereign countries.
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level 71
Feb 8, 2019
should all these ones be added to Rome? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_diplomatic_missions_to_the_Holy_See
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level 71
Sep 12, 2019
I happened to take this quiz again: shouldn't Rome move to top place? If you add the 84 listed here it jumps to 224 - Wikipedia
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level 46
Jul 5, 2016
How could I have forgotten London!?
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level 69
Aug 11, 2016
100%, though only just got Jakarta.
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level 49
Jun 30, 2017
This depends upon what is the sample space for embassies. For ex - The embassy of a commonwealth country in another commonwealth country is called a 'High Commission '. Therefore London and Delhi would have a lot more embassies if those are taken into consideration
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level ∞
Jan 14, 2018
You're absolutely correct. The quiz has been updated to include high commissions.
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level 59
Jan 10, 2018
Are high commissions included in the count? Wondering if that lessened the number in London, Delhi, Ottawa etc.
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level 37
Aug 31, 2019
Yeah, it says so in the description, I think they updated it :)
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level 60
Jan 22, 2018
I go to school right next to the Bahraini and the Japanese Embassies in Vienna xD
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level 66
May 4, 2018
The count for the number of embassies in The Hague (107) is wonderfully accurate. Wikipedia actually mentions 108 (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_diplomatic_missions_in_the_Netherlands), but they include the embassy of the USA that recently moved to nearby Wassenaar (see https://nl.usembassy.gov/u-s-embassy-moving-wassenaar/). That happened after the last edit of the quiz, so I don't know how this number can be correct, but it is. :)
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level 52
May 4, 2018
could you accept "Den Hague" for The Hague. I typed Den Hague, thought it wasn't correct and carried on
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level 58
May 8, 2018
If you're going for native language, wouldn't Den Haag be more appropriate?
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level 38
May 14, 2018
Very good one! Missed Vienna for some reason... and I'm travelling there later this week! :)
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level 77
Oct 10, 2019
I probably wouldn't have known that Addis Ababa was capital of the African Union - or that such a thing existed - had I not accidentally walked past the organization's headquarters once.