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Largest World Capitals

Name the most populous national capital cities.
Populations by urban area, according to citypopulation.de - July 2016
We filled in New Delhi / Delhi to avoid confusion
Last updated: October 21, 2016
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Population
Capital
39.5 mil
Tokyo
28.1 mil
Jakarta
26.4 mil
Delhi (New Delhi)
24.4 mil
Seoul
23.3 mil
Manila
22.1 mil
Mexico City
21.1 mil
Beijing
Population
Capital
15.9 mil
Buenos Aires
17.6 mil
Dhaka
16.9 mil
Bangkok
16.9 mil
Moscow
16.8 mil
Cairo
14.4 mil
London
13.7 mil
Tehran
Population
Capital
11.2 mil
Paris
10.6 mil
Kinshasa
9.95 mil
Lima
9.35 mil
Bogota
9.05 mil
Taipei
8.35 mil
Washington D.C.
7.05 mil
Santiago
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level 71
Sep 15, 2014
DC has less than a million - isn't this figure taking in neighbouring Maryland and Virginia as well?
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level ∞
Sep 16, 2014
Yes it is. There are many different ways of measuring the size of a city. Citypopulation.de tends to be among the more generous.
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level 59
Jul 7, 2017
I live in the DC Metro Area and I still didn't guess it. To get the population above 6 million is kind of a long reach. I guess if you include most of Maryland, okay then. Not a complaint, just offering perspective.
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level 33
Oct 19, 2014
it's an international city comparison so it has to be done by a standard measurement so city proper never gets considered
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level 44
Oct 19, 2014
DC metro lists at 5.9 mil, Baltimore-DC at 9.3 mil, so I wonder how they figure it.
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level 50
Oct 19, 2014
Still this seems way way way to high for the DC metro area.
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level 40
Oct 1, 2014
missed only tehran nd kinhasa
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level 37
Apr 21, 2018
I guessed Pretoria but not Kinshasa.
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level 75
Oct 19, 2014
New Delhi is just a district or neighborhood within the city of Delhi. If we're talking metro area then either answer should get credit. Doesn't seem confusing.
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level 75
Oct 19, 2014
Agreed. Should just be adjusted so that either answer will work. I don't see any confusion....
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level 59
Sep 28, 2016
Agree. Delhi would have been one of my first guesses, with or without considering the New Delhi/Delhi distinction. The capital of India is a pretty obvious answer for a quiz on largest world capitals, I would think, anyway.
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level 48
Oct 21, 2014
Missed Taipei, Bangkok... and Washington D.C....
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level 54
Jan 19, 2015
I don't think Kuala Lumpur's population is anywhere near 6 million even if we add all the suburbs. It's abt 2.5 mil, 3 mil is max.
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level 67
Jan 23, 2015
Hmm.... thought Pretoria would be on here for sure.
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level 67
Sep 5, 2015
I believe Johannesburg to have about 8 million but Pretoria is much smaller with 1 to 2 million.
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level 58
Jan 19, 2016
Johannesburg is not a capital. The three capitals of South Africa are Bloemfontein, Pretoria, and Cape Town.
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level 52
May 12, 2017
No one said Johannesburg was a capital.
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level 63
May 12, 2017
13.1 according to citypopulation.de. Interesting case as Pretoria is captured in the urban area of Johannesburg, but it's not the main city. For me enough of an argument to include it though :)
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level 48
Jul 7, 2017
Cape Town is the most populous capital of South Africa anyways.
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level 32
Mar 27, 2015
got taipei with three seconds remaning
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level 48
Apr 28, 2015
How could I miss Paris? 19/20 :/
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level 59
Sep 5, 2015
The only ones I missed were all in South America. I thought I'd typed B.A. but I must have done a typo. Tried Brasilia but knew it wouldn't work.
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level 79
May 28, 2016
Why do you put Delhi/New Delhi in for us? The city is Delhi, you could accept New Delhi as a type-in to account for confusion--problem solved.
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level ∞
Jul 14, 2016
Leave it in... get complaints

Take it out... get complaints

Include it as a filled in answer with a caveat

...

get complaints 😠

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level 80
Jul 15, 2016
Sometimes you just can't win. Although I'd like "leave it in, accept both Delhi and New Delhi as answers".
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level 59
Sep 28, 2016
True. People will always find something to complain about.
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level 75
Sep 28, 2016
I don't like your statement that people will always find something to complain about. :)
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level 67
May 13, 2017
I think people have a right to complain and I don't like people that complain about people complaining.
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level 75
Nov 5, 2018
I hate people who complain about people who complain about people complaining.
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level 55
Nov 5, 2018
I hate people who complain about people who complain about people complaining that people are complaining.
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level 55
Nov 5, 2018
I also hate people who complain [about people who complain] * n for all positive integers n. Which means I hate myself.
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level 64
Sep 28, 2016
What about New York city with over 8 million residents?
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level 63
Sep 28, 2016
What about it?
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level 40
Sep 28, 2016
not a capital
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level 37
Apr 21, 2018
Oh yeah, and Guangzhou! It's the capital of Guangdong!
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level 60
Sep 28, 2016
I got all but one with about three minutes left, and I racked my brain until the time expired. It turns out the one I missed was Kinshasa, which I had already guessed but spelled wrong. FML
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level 59
Sep 28, 2016
I ran out of time to try and figure out how to spell Dhaka - tried Dakar and Dakkar and Dakhar... aahhh too late!
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level 48
Jul 7, 2017
Dakar is the capital of Senegal, but I'd probably do something like that too.
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level 44
Sep 28, 2016
The only one I missed just so happens to be the only one I have ever spent time in (Taipei). That is pretty sad. But I am actually very surprised. I know the conglomeration known as New Taipei City is now larger than Taipei proper - but over 9 million total? I had no idea.
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level 21
Sep 28, 2016
It says Buenos Aires has 15 million but is above Dhaka which says has 17 million
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level 45
Sep 30, 2016
don't they list johannesburg with 7.8 million, putting it higher than Santiago?
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level 68
Oct 9, 2016
Johannesburg is not a capital.
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level 57
Oct 2, 2016
Got them all except Paris. Totally embarassed...
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level 48
Apr 29, 2017
Really surprised at Taipei. I had no idea the population of Taiwan was so large. No wonder China is keen on their 'One China' policy.
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level 67
May 13, 2017
Why? is China short of people?
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level 45
May 5, 2017
Wow, I didn't expect Jakarta to be that high
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level 49
Jun 2, 2017
It isn't really. Jakarta only has an average elevation of 8 metres.
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level 30
May 13, 2017
don't believe DC should be on the list. I think they have around 6 million. 8 million seems too high
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level 60
May 13, 2017
Jakarta is number two in the world, ahead of Seoul? Wow... I knew that Indonesia is the fourth most populated country in the world, but I expected it to be around #10 or something... Also, I was surprised Rome wasn't here. I thought it had around 10 million, but apparently it's only 5.
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level 70
May 17, 2017
You know you're having a bad day when you miss Seoul & London. *facepalm*
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level 44
Jul 6, 2017
Aye it is probably the Metro City which encompasses the surrounding areas
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level 57
Sep 9, 2017
Why only 34% Kinshasa ? ITS HUGE !
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level 37
Apr 21, 2018
I know. I guess that sub-saharan Africa is not the first region people go to for big cities, even though almost a billion people live there.
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level 45
Dec 31, 2017
Missed Manila and Bogota but I could literally remember me typing in Bogota...
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level 63
Jan 8, 2018
Why give New Delhi ?
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level 32
May 22, 2018
missed Santiago :\
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level 46
Jun 5, 2018
Missed Bogota...
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level 58
Jun 17, 2018
18/20. Missed Seoul and Bogota... ugh
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level 45
Nov 5, 2018
Damn you, inconspicuously small Taiwan.
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level 45
Jan 1, 2019
I missed Moscow somehow...
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level 39
Feb 17, 2019
Beijing is the largest world capital in the world.
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level 51
Mar 27, 2019
Neat quiz. Two thing to point out though: 15.9 < 17.6 and I think the quiz deserves an update