Biggest Cities in the Blue Banana

The "Blue Banana" is a term that refers to the highly-urbanized backbone of Western Europe. Can you name the most populous urban areas in this banana?
Urban area population, according to citypopulation.de
Includes "loosely-defined" areas in western Germany
Quiz by Nathaniel
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Last updated: December 28, 2020
First submittedApril 16, 2020
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Population
City
14.8 mil
London
6.20 mil
Milan
5.70 mil
Ruhr Area
5.00 mil
Cologne / Düsseldorf
3.25 mil
Frankfurt
3.25 mil
Rotterdam
3.15 mil
Birmingham
3.05 mil
Manchester
2.70 mil
Brussels
2.48 mil
Amsterdam
2.40 mil
Stuttgart
2.25 mil
Munich
2.18 mil
Leeds
1.88 mil
Liverpool
1.64 mil
Turin
1.58 mil
Mannheim
1.57 mil
Sheffield
1.43 mil
Zurich
1.38 mil
Nottingham
1.29 mil
Lille
1.20 mil
Nuremberg
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Level 43
Apr 16, 2020
Very nice! Nominated! Congratulations!
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Level 61
Apr 16, 2020
thx
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Level 33
Dec 30, 2020
missed Leeds and Mannheim
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Level 81
Nov 14, 2020
Reading the Wikipedia article only further convinces me that this is an artificial construct.
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Level 79
Nov 14, 2020
Absolutely, but people like to find shapes and patterns in everything.
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Level 74
Nov 14, 2020
Especially if bananas are involved
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Level 61
Nov 17, 2020
Countries and cities are artificial constructs too
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Level 67
Dec 27, 2020
Wdym? A city is a large settlement and a country is collection of similar people. Not artificial. This one is though, as there is really no correlation between the cities.
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Level 71
Dec 27, 2020
You lost me at "a country is a collection of similar people". Time for some Benedict Anderson and Hobsbawm and Ranger.
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Level 61
Dec 27, 2020
Who says people in a city are similar? Also think of Long Beach and Los Angeles or the Ruhr Area: are the borders between ajacent cities not an artificial construct?
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Level 36
Feb 19, 2021
yea, i mean if people wanna say people in a city or country have similar people they might wanna look at London or something
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Level 70
Mar 16, 2021
Anything human-made (and therefore not existing in nature) is an artificial construct, as it is not natural (ergo artificial), and is constructed (i.e made).
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Level 80
Nov 17, 2020
Well... one could argue that everything is an artificial construct. Or at least the way we understand everything.
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Level 68
Nov 14, 2020
I don't know if this matters, but the dot for Brussels should be a bit further north
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Level 55
Nov 14, 2020
Congrats on your first feature
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Level 61
Nov 14, 2020
Thx!!!
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Level 72
Nov 14, 2020
There's a mistake in the title. Western Europe you mean
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Level 61
Nov 14, 2020
I already changed that, it's currently pending review.
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Level 75
Nov 15, 2020
Zurich is further north than your dot! Nice quiz otherwise :)
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Level 61
Nov 15, 2020
Yeah I think you're right. I'll fix it asap. Thanks!
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Level 61
Dec 28, 2020
Fixed
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Level 73
Nov 15, 2020
I was born in a banana, and I didn't know that
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Level 61
Nov 15, 2020
So was I, but it wasn't ripe.
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Level 64
Nov 18, 2020
I was born next to a banana. Crazy world.
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Level 28
Dec 27, 2020
I born in an apple... or a grape?
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Level 67
Dec 29, 2020
Hey me too! Just realised that. Though already wanted to say currently I live just outside/nearly on top of a banana
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Level 70
Nov 16, 2020
Congratulations for your feature!! I guess I live in the banana that won't ever ripe. Great quiz!!
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Level 61
Nov 16, 2020
Great minds think alike XD
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Level 60
Nov 17, 2020
Congratulations on your feature Nate kun (。•̀ᴗ-)✧
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Level 61
Nov 17, 2020
Thanks SWAT Senpai XD
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Level 51
Dec 19, 2020
Great work, congrats on your first feature! Just one question, why is the banana in the thumbnail yellow instead of blue? ;)
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Level 61
Dec 19, 2020
Finding pictures of blue bananas online is hard XD
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Level 51
Dec 20, 2020
The banana in the thumbnail is an .svg file. Maybe download it, change the colour of it in Inkscape, and upload it back to Wikimedia? :)
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Level 61
Dec 20, 2020
I'm not sure in how far Wikimedia approves of people uploading pictures which only benefit them personally. I know how it would theoretically work, also thx for the suggestion, but I don't think I'm going to do that.
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Level 28
Dec 27, 2020
I think that ‘cause the countries are already yellow. And I like the blue banana :)
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Level 28
Dec 27, 2020
Oh, they are grey
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Level 51
Dec 27, 2020
I wasn't born in a banana - it was more of a date-like shape.
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Level 81
Dec 27, 2020
citypopulation.de lists Antwerp with a population of 1.22 mil, so it seems like it should make the list ahead of Nuremberg.
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Level 61
Dec 28, 2020
Nope Antwerp has a population of 942,180 according to https://www.citypopulation.de/en/belgium/urbanareas/
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Level 57
Dec 27, 2020
I got 81%! Not bad for an American if I do say so, but I feel trolled by the concept of this banana. No Paris? oh well. Then it wouldn't be a banana-shape! :-)
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Level 63
Dec 27, 2020
The blue banana is a pretty weird construct, when you consider that it carefully carves around the Paris region, which has a higher population and GDP than the whole of Belgium.
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Level 61
Dec 27, 2020
The Blue banana Was constructed such that similar Industries are grouped together. Paris specialises in other fields.
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Level 63
Dec 29, 2020
Hmm... From a cursory search, all I can find is that it's about GDP and population density, both of which are greater in the Paris area than in many of the areas included in the blue banana. I'm not criticising the quiz, mind you, it's a great quiz - I'm just not sure that the concept of the blue banana is very useful.
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Level 63
Dec 29, 2020
In what ways is the Paris economy fundamentally different from that of London, or Milan?
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Level 61
Dec 29, 2020
The Blue Banana focuses mainly on blue-collar industries i.e. factories, whilst Paris is mainly home to white-collar industry. Furthermore, looking at this map of population density you will see that Paris is a very insular city compared to the other cities:

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Level 60
Dec 27, 2020
Now congratulations (人*´∀`)。*゚+ on your front page Nate kun
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Level 61
Dec 27, 2020
Thank youuuuu SWAT senpai!!! :D
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Level 28
Dec 27, 2020
It looks more a boomerang than a banana LOL
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Level 51
Dec 27, 2020
Would you really laugh out loud at such a thing? The term is overused
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Level 67
Dec 29, 2020
I can imagine someone saying that while laughing. It looks more like a boomerang not a banana haha. So lol is used appropriately here imo

the term is overused though. People saying things like I am eating a sandwich now lol. Things which in an offline situation you would not even say with a smile let alone a laugh. (Yes you could laugh while saying anything, but it is about if you actualy would in the specific case)

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Level 59
Dec 27, 2020
Liverpool is a lot further North, you have it almost in Wales
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Level 63
Dec 27, 2020
The map is accurate. Liverpool is pretty close to Wales.
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Level 55
Dec 27, 2020
Nuremberg is not even close to 1.2m more like 500k!
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Level 61
Dec 27, 2020
This is based on urban area population. It is possible that the city proper population is significantly smaller than the urban area population.
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Level 30
Dec 27, 2020
Sheffield is in the wrong place. It looks like you've put it in Stoke.
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Level 68
Dec 27, 2020
Rhur Area a city? Seriously?
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Level 46
Dec 27, 2020
it is a lot of cities so it would be ridiculous to have them all separately
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Level 44
Feb 4, 2021
Quiz is about urban area, not city proper. So, yes, Ruhr is one urban area. I really liked the fact, that for once you actually had to type in Ruhr and Cologne. Why are they prefilled in all the other quizzes?
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Level 28
Dec 28, 2020
Are you sure the London data is correct? Nowhere can I find that the population is 14 million, I can only find 8 or 9 million and I searched a lot of places.

Overall really good quiz!

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Level 61
Dec 28, 2020
Go to the link in the caveat. You will see a list. In this list look for London. I'm happy you liked it.
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Level 57
Jan 1, 2021
london at 100 percent currently, wonder how long that will take to change
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Level 61
Jan 7, 2021
The thing with the stats is, they are rounded to full percents. It is very unlikely that every one of the 10,883 quiz-takers knew London.
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Level 54
Feb 7, 2021
Great Quiz!
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Level 61
Feb 7, 2021
Thx!