Countries where the largest city is not the capital

Pretty much as it says... Enter the country as your answer.
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Last updated: November 18, 2020
First submittedNovember 17, 2020
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Country
Capital
Largest City
Australia
Canberra
Sydney
Belize
Belmopan
Belize City
Benin
Porto-Novo
Cotonou
Bolivia
La Paz/Sucre
Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Brazil
Brasilia
Sao Paulo
Burundi
Gitega
Bujumbura
Cameroon
Yaounde
Douala
Canada
Ottawa
Toronto
China
Beijing
Shanghai
Ivory Coast
Yamoussoukro
Abidjan
Ecuador
Quito
Guayaquil
Equatorial Guinea
Malabo
Bata
Gambia
Banjul
Serrekunda
Israel
Jerusalem
Tel Aviv
Kazakhstan
Nur-Sultan
Almaty
Liechtenstein
Vaduz
Schaan
F. S. Micronesia
Palikir
Weno
Country
Capital
Largest City
Morocco
Rabat
Casablanca
Myanmar
Naypyidaw
Yangon
New Zealand
Wellington
Auckland
Nigeria
Abuja
Lagos
Pakistan
Islamabad
Karachi
Palau
Ngerulmud
Koror
Philippines
Manila
Quezon City
San Marino
San Marino
Serravalle
South Africa
Pretoria/Cape Town/Bloemfontaine
Johannesburg
Sri Lanka
Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
Colombo
Switzerland
Bern
Zurich
Tanzania
Dodoma
Dar Es Salaam
Turkey
Ankara
Istanbul
United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi
Dubai
United States of America
Washington D.C.
New York
Vietnam
Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh City
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Level 82
Nov 17, 2020
Ecuador? Israel (if you count Jerusalem as the capital)?
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Level 56
Nov 18, 2020
Thanks. I have added them both. There are many data sources and ways of classifying the size of the cities, especially when both Capital and Largest City form part of the same metropolitan area. This is not an exact science as I found out after spending a couple of hours trying to figure out how the quiz design tools work!
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Level 75
Sep 23, 2021
Italy? Rome is smaller than Milan.
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Level 91
Sep 23, 2021
urban area, yes. city proper, Rome is still larger
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Level 75
Sep 23, 2021
Spelling: Bloemfontein
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Level 56
Sep 23, 2021
Thanks I have corrected this.
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Level 72
Feb 27, 2022
You did? Still shows Bloemfontaine to me.
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Level 75
Sep 23, 2021
Also India: Mumbai is bigger than New Delhi.
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Level 56
Sep 23, 2021
Agree that some sources suggest this but the majority I looked at state that Delhi has a population of around 16-17m and Mumbai has a population of approx 12-13m.

The different ways city population is counted was one of the unexpected challenges I found with this quiz when I decided to create it!

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Level 55
Sep 23, 2021
Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte is contained within the Colombo sprawl, so if you are going to allow that you have to include New Delhi too. More or less the same situation.
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Level 54
Sep 24, 2021
In Capitals of the World, either Delhi or New Delhi is accepted, but Colombo isn’t accepted for Sri Jellyfish Tempura.
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Level 66
Sep 23, 2021
Why do Manila/Quezon City and Colombo/Kotte count as two, but Omdurman/Khartoum, Delhi/New Delhi, several Pacific island capital areas etc. count as one? Please change
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Level 60
Sep 23, 2021
What about Malta?
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Level 55
Sep 23, 2021
if you're going off of metropolitan area populations, guangzhou is like 2.5x the size of shanghai
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Level 46
Mar 1, 2022
Lol
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Level 57
Sep 23, 2021
Good one!
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Level 54
Sep 24, 2021
Nice quiz! F. S. Micronesia is out of alphabetical order, though.
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Level 83
Feb 26, 2022
Good quiz, but, if you want to be consistent then you ought to either take off Sri Lanka or add in India. India's capital officially is New Delhi, which is realistically just a neighborhood of Delhi. In the same way, the official capital of Sri Lanka is Sri Jaya Whatever, which is realistically just a neighborhood of Colombo. Same situation in both countries.

San Marino and the Philippines being on here also pretty questionable IMO. Quezon City in the Philippines is usually counted as part of the Manila metropolitan area. And in San Marino... dividing up the little clusters of houses here and there as being separate "cities" is kind of a joke. The entire country is less than 1/20th the size of Mexico City.

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Level 59
Mar 2, 2022
Malta needs to be included too.