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Global Cities on a World Map

Name the world's "alpha global cities" according to the Globalization and World Cities Study Group (2012).
Quiz by relessness
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First submittedOctober 21, 2016
Last updatedOctober 21, 2016
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Alpha++
London
New York City
Alpha+
Chicago
Dubai
Hong Kong
Paris
Alpha+
Shanghai
Singapore
Sydney
Tokyo
Alpha
Amsterdam
Beijing
Brussels
Buenos Aires
Frankfurt
Alpha
Jakarta
Kuala Lumpur
Los Angeles
Madrid
Mexico City
Alpha
Milan
Moscow
Mumbai
San Francisco
São Paulo
Alpha
Seoul
Toronto
Washington, D.C.
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level 69
Oct 21, 2016
Easy :)
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level 40
Feb 26, 2017
cool but too easy. may want to increase the time... i finished with 1:52 left
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level 41
Aug 20, 2019
I finished with 2:23
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level 70
Oct 21, 2016
nice!
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level 71
Oct 23, 2016
Wonderful quiz!
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level 83
Oct 24, 2016
Got to the end, and was missing one city... hiding in the Great Lakes, I had to zoom in to see it.
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level 71
Oct 24, 2016
Nice! May want to decrease the time - I went through at a comfortable pace and still had 2:42 left...
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level 77
Oct 25, 2016
agreed...less time would be better
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level 67
Jan 27, 2017
Why?
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level 79
Oct 24, 2016
Frankfurt > Berlin? Interesting measure, but I guess because of its status as a financial center?
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level 44
Feb 20, 2017
Yea, prolly. And plus, frankfurt is doing great right now in the Bundesliga (THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS! LIKE, AT ALL!)
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level 45
Feb 24, 2017
And Frankfurt has the only proper skylinie in Germany
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level 63
Aug 6, 2017
Yeah, Frankfurt is Germany's main financial centre. Berlin isn't actually that significant on the global scale.
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level 58
Jan 2, 2018
It's the same reason why New York City is more important than Washington, D.C.
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level 42
Aug 20, 2019
Munich & Frankfurt would both rank higher than Berlin. Australia's capital, Canberra, would probably rank 7th in Australia
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level 72
Feb 20, 2017
Congratulations relessness for another attractive and interesting quiz! But the data: No Rio? No Istanbul? No Bangkok? I bet this "study group" is a gaggle from the West who dreamt this list up over morning coffee.
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level 71
Feb 20, 2017
Population on its own doesn't necessarily correlate to global influence in finance, trade and government policy
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level 47
Feb 20, 2017
Jerry made no mention of population. All of the cities are significant global cities regarding all of the aspects you just described.
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level 71
Sep 19, 2017
But not as significant as those cities above them
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level 76
Feb 20, 2017
Rio is ranked as a Beta city. Bangkok and Istanbul are Alpha - cities. But, according to Wikipedia, so is Jakarta. I think Jakarta is included on the quiz by mistake.
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level 60
Feb 20, 2017
Well I am also confused on what makes a city an "Alpha City". Almost all of these cities are most populous in their country (unless there are multiple in the same country." But if it were population based then why aren't Lagos, Cairo, Delhi, Lima, Istanbul, Manila, or Ho Chi Minh City which are all considerably larger than some of these cities.
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level 63
Aug 6, 2017
Population isn't the consideration. The main factor is the size of the city's financial centre and how much trade passes through it.
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level 71
Feb 20, 2017
Are you triggered by the fact that the West is the Best?
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level 75
Feb 20, 2017
I'd never heard of this ranking before and did some research - apparently several factors are considered, but economics carries more weight than size, cultural, or political factors. Basically it's those cities which best integrate, connect and provide links with, and promote global economics.
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level 57
Feb 20, 2017
Only missed Washington D.C.
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level 76
Feb 20, 2017
This quiz was easy before even without the map. Now its super easy.
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level 72
Apr 20, 2019
wow aren't you just a fricking genius
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level 76
Aug 10, 2019
Thanks. But that wasn't the point. I take it you struggled with this one?
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level 43
Feb 20, 2017
Just missed two: Washington D.C and Frankfurt! Great quiz, relessness!
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level 33
Feb 20, 2017
Brussels in, Rome out as global city. OK.......
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level 47
Feb 20, 2017
I'm presuming the cities have to have some global influence. Which is probably why Brussels is in it, considering that it is where the EU is mainly based
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level 49
Feb 20, 2017
It's interesting that many of the cities are in Europe and none of the cities are in Africa.
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level 63
Aug 6, 2017
Because Africa has little to no impact on the global economy.
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level 42
Feb 20, 2017
How did I miss Beijing?
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level 44
Feb 21, 2017
Nooooooo! Missed Hong Kong and Mexico City!
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level 46
Feb 21, 2017
Would be interesting and challenging a version with the betas also.
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level 66
Apr 15, 2017
Needs less time. 1:30 should be a good amount of time that will weed most people out from getting all 28.
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level 48
Jun 17, 2017
Always like map quizzes so well done.
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level 53
Mar 20, 2018
Why Jakarta? Didn't seem overly global when I went there.