Largest World Capitals

Name the most populous national capital cities.
Populations by urban area, according to citypopulation.de - January 2019
We filled in New Delhi / Delhi to avoid confusion
Quiz by Seals
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Last updated: July 4, 2019
First submittedSeptember 7, 2014
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Population
Capital
40.2 mil
Tokyo
30.6 mil
Jakarta
26.4 mil
Delhi (New Delhi)
25.2 mil
Manila
24.7 mil
Seoul
22.8 mil
Mexico City
20.5 mil
Cairo
Population
Capital
20.4 mil
Beijing
19.5 mil
Dhaka
18.3 mil
Bangkok
17.2 mil
Moscow
16.3 mil
Buenos Aires
15.0 mil
Tehran
14.7 mil
London
Population
Capital
12.0 mil
Kinshasa
11.4 mil
Paris
9.90 mil
Lima
9.80 mil
Bogota
9.10 mil
Taipei
8.70 mil
Kuala Lumpur
8.55 mil
Washington D.C.
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Level 73
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 57
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 54
Sep 27, 2019
The US goes by the whole “city limits” thing much more than most of the rest of the world
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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 53
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 38
Apr 21, 2018
I guessed Pretoria but not Kinshasa.
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Level 79
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 78
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 58
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 57
Nov 1, 2019
Agree with everyone else. Why give it as a freebie? Just accept either one.
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Level 63
Oct 21, 2014
Missed Taipei, Bangkok... and Washington D.C....
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Level 55
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 69
Jan 23, 2015
Hmm.... thought Pretoria would be on here for sure.
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Level 69
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 54
May 12, 2017
No one said Johannesburg was a capital.
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Level 68
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 49
Jul 7, 2017
Cape Town is the most populous capital of South Africa anyways.
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Level 63
Apr 28, 2015
How could I miss Paris? 19/20 :/
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Level 68
Nov 1, 2019
Remember, you wore blue, the Germans wore grey.
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Level 58
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 83
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 58
Sep 28, 2016
True. People will always find something to complain about.
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Level 78
Sep 28, 2016
I don't like your statement that people will always find something to complain about. :)
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Level 69
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 79
Nov 5, 2018
I hate people who complain about people who complain about people complaining.
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Level 58
Nov 5, 2018
I hate people who complain about people who complain about people complaining that people are complaining.
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Level 58
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 43
Nov 3, 2019
Be bold. Leave it in. If it wasn't right it wouldn't be in the quiz at all, right?
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Level 65
Sep 28, 2016
What about New York city with over 8 million residents?
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Level 67
Sep 28, 2016
What about it?
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Level 39
Sep 28, 2016
not a capital
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Level 38
Apr 21, 2018
Oh yeah, and Guangzhou! It's the capital of Guangdong!
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Level 62
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 63
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 49
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 49
Jan 21, 2020
Probably also counted Taoyuan, which adds another 2m to the population.
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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 72
Oct 9, 2016
Johannesburg is not a capital.
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Level 67
Feb 18, 2020
Pretoria is, which the source of this quiz includes in the urban area of Johannesburg.
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Level 60
Oct 2, 2016
Got them all except Paris. Totally embarassed...
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Level 45
May 5, 2017
Wow, I didn't expect Jakarta to be that high
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Level 47
Jun 2, 2017
It isn't really. Jakarta only has an average elevation of 8 metres.
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Level 31
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 68
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 76
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 62
Sep 9, 2017
Why only 34% Kinshasa ? ITS HUGE !
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Level 38
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 67
Jan 8, 2018
Why give New Delhi ?
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Level 32
May 22, 2018
missed Santiago :\
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Level 51
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 49
Nov 5, 2018
Damn you, inconspicuously small Taiwan.
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Level 46
Jan 1, 2019
I missed Moscow somehow...
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Level 58
Mar 27, 2019
Neat quiz. Two thing to point out though: 15.9 < 17.6 and I think the quiz deserves an update
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Level 79
Jul 3, 2019
When it comes to urban areas, New Delhi : Delhi :: Pretoria : Johannesburg.
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Level 81
Jul 3, 2019
Nah, New Delhi is just a southern district of Delhi. Pretoria is not connected to Johannesburg.
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Level 67
Mar 19, 2020
Pretty sure in all quizzes on this site it is considered as metro area of johannesburg. Because that is what it say on citypopulation.de which is the site of choice for quizzes about population on jetpunk.
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Level 46
Nov 1, 2019
I'm just saying this - are you allowed to advertise your quizzes on other quizzes (your quiz is good DavidClaro by the way)?
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Level 61
Nov 1, 2019
Yes? People do it all the time.
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Level 79
Nov 9, 2019
sure you can. Just be prepared for some snarky responses from some. And please don't resort to mass spamming.
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Level 54
Dec 29, 2019
I hate Bangladesh always forget them
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Level 67
Feb 18, 2020
According to your source Pretoria is included in the urban area of Johannesburg, listing as nearly 14m shouldnt it make the list?http://www.citypopulation.de/en/world/agglomerations/ Pretoria might not be the name barer of te urban area, still it is part of one of the biggest urban areas (according to your source, though personally I am not the biggest fan of urban areas because it can sometimes give distorted views. But since we are using it, I am for consistency)
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Level 72
Feb 24, 2020
I feel like some sort of caveat might be useful, because New Delhi/Delhi isn't the only case of a capital being part of a much larger urban area that doesn't share its name - Pretoria/Johannesburg and Islamabad/Rawalpindi spring to mind (though without checking, not sure if the latter would make it). I don't think they should be included, but there's an argument to be made for them in the absence of an explicit caveat.
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Level 57
Apr 11, 2020
First time I missed three. Second time a few months later missed three again but different ones than the first time.
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Level 45
Apr 24, 2020
If you prefilled New Delhi / Delhi, then you should also fill Pretoria / Johannesburg as well. Jesus how could a quiz with such a giant error ever be featured??
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Level 46
May 6, 2020
Epic quiz, Got 100%
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Level 57
May 19, 2020
I love flying over capital cities at night, they look so beautiful all lit up (flying over in aeroplanes I mean - I'm not a superhero)