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Most Guessed Cities in Europe - Not Capitals

Name the most well-known European urban areas that are not the capital of their country.
Based on JetPunk stats from this quiz, January 2023
One city is partially in Asia
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Last updated: January 21, 2023
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First submittedOctober 26, 2017
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City
93
Barcelona
89
Manchester
89
Milan
88
Istanbul
88
Saint Petersburg
87
Munich
82
Edinburgh
%
City
81
Glasgow
81
Liverpool
81
Naples
80
Hamburg
79
Marseille
79
Rotterdam / The Hague
78
Frankfurt
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City
78
Lyon
77
Venice
76
Birmingham
76
Zürich
74
Porto
73
Cologne / Düsseldorf
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Level 60
Oct 26, 2017
Could you please accept the names of the cities in their native language ? Den Haag for The Hague, Coln for Cologne, Munchen for Munich ? Thanks
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Level ∞
Oct 26, 2017
Koln would have worked. Munchen would have worked.
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Level 45
Jan 11, 2021
You should do one for Asia, and Africa
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Level 66
Aug 8, 2019
's Gravenhage? ;)
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Level 62
Sep 14, 2020
Embra and Glesga as well?
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Level 36
Jan 19, 2021
who tf says embra? I'm from the west of Scotland, I've only ever heard "Edinbruh." Americans say "Edinburo"
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Level 73
Oct 15, 2022
We do?
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Level 93
Dec 4, 2020
One may argue that The Hague is actually the capital of the Netherlands.
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Level 80
Jan 5, 2021
One may, but one would be wrong.
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Level 74
Jan 5, 2021
If you define "capital" as "seat of government", you'd be absolutely right. Every function of the Dutch government is located in The Hague.
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Level 53
Jan 27, 2021
lol
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Level 66
Jan 11, 2022
Yes, but the final say in where a nation's capital is goes to the nation itself.
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Level 74
Oct 26, 2017
It took me an embarrassingly long time to remember the non-English cities in the UK.
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Level 64
Oct 26, 2017
Why do more people remember Manchester than Birmingham.
+46
Level 73
Oct 26, 2017
Football
+6
Level 59
Feb 15, 2018
Soccer
+5
Level 53
Nov 6, 2020
Footsoc
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Level 77
Jan 6, 2021
Sockball!
+4
Level 46
Jan 6, 2021
Baller
+20
Level 68
Nov 4, 2017
Actually, Manchester is usually reported as the second most important city of the UK, and lots of people think it's also the second largest by population. Sports, music, arts, economy, industry, university... Manchester is by far more famous and relevant abroad than Birmingham.
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Level 49
Feb 10, 2018
In football terms, yes, in all things that is rubbish, universities, arts, music, industry etc, but we have the media to blame for those opinions!
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Level 36
Feb 15, 2018
Birmingham has a higher population than Manchester
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Level 43
Jun 4, 2020
Yes manchester urban area is bigger than Birmingham's
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Level 57
Jan 5, 2021
Manchester is smaller in population than Birmingham because of the way Greater Manchester is split out between is different boroughs. In the same way, you wouldn't say Birmingham is bigger than London but if you look at the London Boroughs in the same way you would Manchester's, it would be true. Plus, lets not overlook the fact that Birmingham is a crap city.
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Level 88
Feb 10, 2018
Recent terrorist attacks might also help jog someone's memory.
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Level 81
Feb 11, 2018
Whyshould more people remember Birmingham than Manchester? As a Turkish person I know that Birmingham's population is bigger than Manchester but Manchester is by far more popular anywhere around Europe(and probably world). Manchester is the birthplace of İndustrial Revolution, It has two of the most popular teams in Premier League and generally people hears it more than Birmingham
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Level 48
Feb 12, 2018
Actually, Ironbridge or more specifically Coalbrookdale in Shropshire is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
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Level 74
Dec 4, 2020
There's a huge concentration at the top of this list of cities with prominent football clubs.
+2
Level 65
Jan 5, 2021
What memorable comes from Birmingham?
+1
Level 72
Jan 5, 2021
Dexys Midnight Runners?
+1
Level 50
Jan 5, 2021
The English Beat
+3
Level 87
Jan 6, 2021
Ozzy but he can't remember it.
+2
Level 42
Feb 11, 2018
Accept Koeln and Muenchen for Köln and München?
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Level 86
Feb 12, 2018
Why? If anything it should be accepted in English and German which it is. Maybe if someone misspelled something but you're making up words now
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Level 59
Feb 12, 2018
Koeln and Muenchen ARE the names in German!
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Level 88
Feb 12, 2018
They are the Anglicized versions of the German name used by Germans speakers using an English keyboard. No German with an German keyboard would spell it ue. Though purely speculation I would imagine that most German speakers under the age of 40 would write it without the e on an English keyboard anyway.
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Level 64
Mar 16, 2018
I agree. As a german, I never used Koeln or Muenchen. On Jetpunk, I usually use u instead of ü and so on.
+1
Level 53
Nov 6, 2020
Actually on a recent trip to Berlin I saw the "ue"/"oe"/"ae" spelling quite a few times. (I couldn't work out why.)
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Level 74
Dec 4, 2020
Using ue/ae/oe is an older way of writing and now standard way to subsidize umlaute.

The reason for that is, that i.e. U and Ü are pronounced very differently and often change a word entirely. So the added e makes sure that the reader knows, that there shall be umlaute.

In standard German, Koln and Munchen would be considered incorrect. Of course, that doesn't really matter on Jetpunkt.

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Level 43
Feb 17, 2018
Where is Florence :O
+12
Level 62
Jul 22, 2018
Florence just missed the cut. The next cities are Florence, Turin, Seville and Nice
+2
Level 43
Mar 12, 2018
IS TURKEY PART OF EUROPE???
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Level 64
Mar 16, 2018
Qoute: One city is partially in Asia
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Level 70
Aug 3, 2019
It's a transcontinental country.
+7
Level 77
Jun 20, 2019
Birmingham is also called Birmingstan.
+3
Level 77
Jan 6, 2021
Why not Birmingabad? 😁
+1
Level 66
Aug 8, 2019
I missed three istanbul, let's not comment on that one, marseille and hamburg. I done quite a lot of quizzes and cant remember seeing either of them. Maybe the quiz this one is based on is one of the few that mentions them.
+1
Level 36
Sep 24, 2019
Belfast is a capital.... Northern Ireland
+5
Level 55
Oct 18, 2019
Northern Ireland is included in the country of The United Kingdom / UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). The single capital of The UK is London, and not Edinburgh, Cardiff or Belfast.
+3
Level 67
Jan 5, 2021
Most of these cities are the capital of something, just not of independant countries.
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Level 27
Jun 25, 2021
uk isnt a country but scotland wales and england are so edinbrugh shouldnt be there and northern ireland isnt a country its more of a region so belfast could count...
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Level 66
Feb 27, 2020
bUt BaRCeLoNa iS tHe CaPiTaL oF CaTaLoNia....
+2
Level 60
Sep 17, 2020
No.
+3
Level 77
Jan 5, 2021
It is the capital of Catalonia, however it is not a sovereign country.
+1
Level 60
Sep 17, 2020
Extremely surprised by the lack of St. Petersburg.
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Level 48
Oct 5, 2020
It's there on #3
+5
Level 83
Dec 3, 2020
Dortmund, Essen, and Duisburg, will continue to be infrequently guessed if we keep hiding them behind that blasted Ruhrgebiet moniker.
+3
Level 75
Dec 3, 2020
Surprised Geneva isn't here
+4
Level 87
Dec 3, 2020
I'm quite surprised Porto is more guessed than famed cultural cities like Florence, Krakow, Belfast, Dresden, etc. Maybe Porto appears on more quizzes as a second city and for population size...
+1
Level 65
Jul 24, 2022
I've no idea why but it's the first city that popped into my head
+1
Level 62
Dec 5, 2020
Istanbul.. in Europe.. seriously?

Thanks!

+2
Level 76
Dec 16, 2020
According to the Istanbul Wikipedia page:

"Istanbul, formerly Byzantium and Constantinople, is the largest city in Turkey and the country's economic, cultural and historic center. The city straddles the Bosphorus, and lies in both Europe and Asia, with a population of over 15 million residents."

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Level 68
Jan 5, 2021
Half of Istanbul is in Europe. When I lived there, I slept in Asia and studied in Europe.
+1
Level 36
Dec 26, 2020
I got them all and only got one "strike" in the process...Antwerp.
+1
Level 50
Jan 5, 2021
Got 20/20. But with a few more strikes: Belfast, Amsterdam (out of curiosity), Antwerp, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Nice, Valencia, Sevilla, Geneva, Stuttgart, Ruhr, Dresden, Krakow... and then it hit me. Venice! :)
+1
Level 77
Jan 5, 2021
Aaarrgghhh... Just missed Istanbul. I initially thought of Turkey, but remembered JetPunk considers it to be an Asian country, so I just ignored the whole country!
+1
Level 72
Jan 5, 2021
Read the caveats - they practically give it to you!
+1
Level 77
Jan 8, 2021
Arrgghhh
+1
Level 55
Jan 5, 2021
Omg I actually got all of them
+2
Level 72
Jan 5, 2021
The Hague? Should have separated it from Rotterdam.
+2
Level 47
Jan 5, 2021
No Zurich/ Florence..surprising
+1
Level ∞
Jan 21, 2023
Zurich is there
+2
Level 45
Jan 5, 2021
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland?
+5
Level 60
Jan 5, 2021
But Scotland isn't independent yet
+2
Level 48
Jan 5, 2021
...Still, it is considered a "country", and Edinburgh is its capital.
+4
Level 58
Jan 5, 2021
Country as in the British equivalent of state so no.
+2
Level 51
Jan 5, 2021
I tried Bremen, Hannover, Dresden and Leipzig but totally forgot Hamburg *facepalm*
+1
Level 55
Jan 5, 2021
missed zurich and edinburgh, guess porto out of curiousity
+3
Level 20
Jan 7, 2021
Re Edinburgh, the quiz clearly states 'country' and not state, so the argument doesn't stand, Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and is a country, one of 4.
+1
Level 58
Jan 7, 2021
When you guess Thessaloniki before the second biggest city in Europe.

Sorry, Istanbul. Only one I missed

+1
Level 27
Jun 25, 2021
edinburgh is the capital of scotland... how is it in this list
+2
Level 43
Aug 26, 2021
Scotland isn't independent from the UK
+1
Level 34
Dec 4, 2021
Why is The Hague not separated from Rotterdam? As far as I know they're completely different cities.
+1
Level 72
Jul 13, 2022
Can you accept Shamadopopoupolis for Glasgow? That's just how I say and spell it.