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Northernmost Major City by Country

For each of these countries, guess the northernmost city with an urban-area population of at least 1 million.
Urban-area population according to citypopulation.de
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Last updated: November 21, 2022
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First submittedFebruary 7, 2017
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Population
Country
City
14.5 mil
South Africa
Johannesburg /
Pretoria
6.15 mil
Italy
Milan
6.05 mil
Egypt
Alexandria
5.60 mil
Russia
St. Petersburg
5.00 mil
Nigeria
Kano
4.90 mil
Spain
Barcelona
4.55 mil
United States
Seattle
3.30 mil
Australia
Brisbane
2.88 mil
Germany
Hamburg
Population
Country
City
2.50 mil
Japan
Sapporo
2.20 mil
Colombia
Barranquilla
2.15 mil
Mexico
Tijuana
1.69 mil
United Kingdom
Glasgow
1.37 mil
Canada
Edmonton
1.31 mil
France
Lille
1.23 mil
Kazakhstan
Astana
1.17 mil
Morocco
Tangier
53 Comments
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Level 76
Feb 7, 2017
nice! could do continental versions with maps
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Level 84
Feb 7, 2017
Pretoria is north of Johannesburg.
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Level 85
Feb 7, 2017
True, and citypopulation.de does list it as a separate "urban area" with a population of 1763336. If the quiz is going to count "agglomerations" rather than "urban areas", it should say so.
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Level ∞
Feb 7, 2017
Pretoria will work now
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Level 67
Jun 9, 2017
Nice quiz.
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Level 47
Jul 13, 2017
Huh, never realized that Barcelona is further north than Madrid
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Level 63
Jul 13, 2017
Quite significantly so
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Level 66
Sep 22, 2023
Catalonia's on the Pyrenees. How do you mess this up?
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Level 79
Jan 15, 2024
Incredibly, some people are not as familiar with European geography as you are!
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Level 76
Jul 13, 2017
I always thought Tangier was in Algeria so I didn't even try it. Well, now I know.
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Level 70
Nov 27, 2022
I guess you mixed it up with Algiers
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Level 77
Jul 13, 2017
Wow, less than 50% of people got Sapporo? I'm surprised.
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Level 66
Oct 26, 2018
I guess being a beer helps..
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Level 2
Jul 13, 2017
GLOWSOW !!!!!!!!! SCOTTLAND NOT UK ISNT IT
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Level 45
Jul 14, 2017
Oh dear. This old chestnut.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom

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Level 82
Apr 2, 2018
I mean, if Scotland weren't part of the UK, it would be odd for them to have had a referendum on independence from the UK in 2014 (which was unsuccessful).
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Level 62
Sep 2, 2019
It’s literally in the name of the country. United Kingdom Of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Scotland is in Great Britain.
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Level 82
Nov 21, 2022
TF is Glowsow
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Level 93
Nov 21, 2022
I agree, Glowsow is not in the UK. Glasgow is though
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Level 78
Jan 16, 2023
@kitsims I don't believe you've been to all the places highlighted on your map.
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Level 79
Jan 15, 2024
Why?
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Level 90
Jan 18, 2023
Good call. Me either. A lot of people lie on those maps.
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Level 63
Jul 13, 2017
I always think of Murmansk as a major city. Its the largest arctic city in the world, but at less than 400K people I guess it isn't big enough.
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Level 55
Jul 13, 2017
Cool quiz!
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Level 62
Jul 13, 2017
Is Anchorage not a city? cos that is the most northern in the US
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Level 71
Jul 14, 2017
Doesn't hit the 1 million mark, I'm afraid. Alaska as a whole doesn't have enough people for this quiz.
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Level 56
Jul 17, 2017
Should accept Tanger for Tangier.
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Level 70
Aug 31, 2017
Then we should accept Milon, Edmuntun, Barsalona etc
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Level 77
Jan 5, 2020
Neptune777, you entirely miss Antimony's point. He is kind-of correct since Tanger is what it's called in French, the colonial language. Tangier (or sometimes Tangiers) is an English term, not generally used locally. The alternatives you gave are simply mis-spellings; Antimony's is not.
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Level 62
Jan 16, 2023
Unlike Antimony, which is also a misspelling (there’s no final Y in Antimon).
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Level 84
Sep 18, 2017
And Brizzbin.
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Level 70
Jan 16, 2023
Brissie, Brisvegas or Meanjin (the indigenous name for the Brisbane CBD) to locals.
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Level 76
Feb 3, 2020
And Yohanesberg, Canno, Ceeatul, Sapuroh, Hammbergh, ...
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Level 27
May 1, 2020
bilbao is more northern than barcelona
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Level 41
May 28, 2020
I was thinking the same thing but I looked it up and the population is in the 300 thousands
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Level 70
Jan 16, 2023
Bilbao's metro population is just over 1 million according to most sources, but around 870K according to citiypopulation.de
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Level 92
Nov 21, 2022
This was my first guess for Spain.

Then I thought Madrid was further north than Barcelona.

Clearly I don't know Spain as well as I thought.

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Level 62
Oct 26, 2020
I got Edmonton but not Alexandria... Oops
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Level 54
May 7, 2021
Please accept Tanger for Tangier
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Level 38
Sep 6, 2021
Darwin is a major city of Australia. It is the capital of the Northern Territory!
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Level 88
Apr 14, 2022
1 million inhabitants though?
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Level 82
Nov 21, 2022
NT as a whole doesn't even have a quarter million inhabitants.
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Level 88
Apr 14, 2022
Great quiz, a real test of geographical knowledge
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Level 70
Jan 16, 2023
I had 16/17 but it blows my mind that half of users named Barranquilla.
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Level 77
Jan 16, 2023
I am a bit ashamed to say I mostly know Barranquilla because Shakira was born there...
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Level 60
Oct 16, 2023
TIL where Shakira was born. This fact has replaced something of value in my brain and I'll never forget it lol
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Level 51
Jan 16, 2023
Take 5 most populated cities by country quiz
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Level 32
Jan 17, 2023
Inverness is the most northerly city in the UK and not Glasgow.
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Level 72
Jan 17, 2023
The quiz is limited to cities with a population of at least one million.
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Level 55
Jan 17, 2023
for the uk i feel like it could also be like dundee or aberdeen because both of those are pretty populated and also north of glsagow.
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Level 72
Jan 17, 2023
The city has to have a population of at least a million to qualify.
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Level 67
Jan 17, 2023
Please note that only cities with metro populations of 1 million+ count and your feelings have nothing to do with it.
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Level 56
Jan 19, 2023
Since when did Brissie get to 3.3 million population? Last ABS was 2.2 million.