100 Biggest Cities in Europe with a Map

Can you name the 100 most populous urban areas in Europe with the help of a map?
One city straddles Europe and Asia. Cities too far off the map were left out. Loosely-defined areas filled in by default.
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Last updated: June 12, 2020
First submittedSeptember 24, 2017
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Population
Answer
17.3m
Moscow
16.0m
Istanbul
14.8m
London
11.4m
Paris
6.55m
Madrid
6.20m
Milan
5.70m
Ruhr Area
5.65m
Saint Petersburg
5.00m
Cologne / Dusseldorf
4.78m
Barcelona
4.73m
Berlin
4.23m
Naples
3.58m
Rome
3.48m
Kiev
3.35m
Athens
3.25m
Frankfurt am Main
3.25m
Rotterdam / The Hague
3.15m
Birmingham
3.05m
Manchester
2.88m
Hamburg
2.70m
Brussels
2.63m
Budapest
2.48m
Amsterdam
2.48m
Lisbon
2.40m
Stuttgart
2.38m
Warsaw
2.35m
Upper Silesia
2.25m
Munich
2.25m
Vienna
2.23m
Stockholm
2.20m
Bucharest
2.18m
Leeds
2.00m
Minsk
1.98m
Lyon
Population
Answer
1.88m
Liverpool
1.84m
Valencia
1.73m
Nizhny Novgorod
1.68m
Copenhagen
1.68m
Glasgow
1.66m
Marseille
1.64m
Kharkiv
1.64m
Turin
1.58m
Mannheim
1.57m
Sheffield
1.54m
Porto
1.48m
Newcastle
1.44m
Donetsk
1.44m
Prague
1.43m
Zürich
1.42m
Belgrade
1.41m
Volgograd
1.39m
Dnipro
1.39m
Dublin
1.38m
Nottingham
1.30m
Helsinki
1.30m
Rostov-on-Don
1.30m
Sofia
1.29m
Lille
1.29m
Seville
1.22m
Antwerp
1.20m
Nuremberg
1.19m
Oslo
1.16m
Southampton
1.15m
Hanover
1.11m
Odessa
1.08m
Bordeaux
1.06m
Voronezh
Population
Answer
1.04m
Toulouse
1.03m
Málaga
1.01m
Florence
1.00m
Bremen
995k
Utrecht
960k
Cardiff
946k
Nice
935k
Bielefeld
935k
Edinburgh
926k
Bristol
915k
Krasnodar
911k
Bilbao
907k
Saarbrücken
904k
Gdańsk
900k
Palermo
872k
Tirana
834k
Dresden
829k
Łódź
819k
Kraków
813k
Aachen
809k
Zagreb
806k
Thessaloniki
791k
Geneva
771k
Basel
748k
Leipzig
739k
Zaporizhia
726k
Zaragoza
725k
Lviv
716k
Nantes
712k
Coventry
712k
Leicester
708k
Gothenburg
704k
Catania
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Level 52
Sep 25, 2017
Map quizzes tend to do better than a normal quiz. :)
+3
Level 63
Nov 21, 2017
Yes, because it's easier to cheat...
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Level 72
Dec 10, 2019
I don't think that's true. Cheaters will still find a way to cheat without a map. It's simply a matter of different quizzes testing different types of knowledge: in map quizzes, you just have to recognize things on a map, while in other quizzes, you have to 1) tell exactly which cities/countries etc. belong on the quiz and which don't 2) recall them one by one, sometimes without very specific clues. Especially in quizzes like this one, this can be almost impossible.
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Level 64
Nov 21, 2017
It's cool the see how biggest citiesare very evenly dospersed across the continent.
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Level 57
Nov 22, 2017
This probably has something to do with the fact that many of them are capitals!
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Level 67
Aug 22, 2019
That argument hardly flies, there are onl around 45 countries form the top of my head. And for the several the capital is not even on here ( mainly the balkan countries, but also baltic and iceland and the tiny countries)
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Level 67
Aug 22, 2019
A (very) quick count shows me 28 of the capitals (could be off by one or two though) So less than 2/3 of the capitals are represented.

So 28 out of 100 I wouldnt say many of them are capitals at all.

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Level 62
May 9, 2021
Is this a joke? Like half of them are in the Uk, Germany, France, and Spain!
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Level 26
Nov 21, 2021
Basically just the United Kingdom and Germany ≈50%
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Level 44
Nov 22, 2017
It's "Gdańsk", not "Gdánsk".
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Level 27
May 15, 2021
no it's Danzig
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Level 55
Nov 11, 2021
its both, but the polish version is Gdansk (with accents)
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Level 57
Nov 22, 2017
The dot for Athens is on the island of Euboea, not on the mainland where it should be.
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Level 37
Jul 15, 2021
its not
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Level 61
Jul 15, 2021
It used to be, but the map was updated. In an early version I used a computer-generated map that was a bit off due to different map projections
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Level 39
Sep 6, 2018
Fun quiz
+4
Level 22
Oct 10, 2018
Good quiz.

🤔

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Level 45
Dec 25, 2018
This is hands down my favorite quiz on the entire website, so well done, how is this possibly not eligible for points?
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Level 61
Dec 28, 2018
I'm looking to update it soon, maybe it will be featured then
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Level 68
Jan 3, 2020
It certainly did!
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Level 27
Jan 31, 2021
Why only 97 cities? Yes, I know it is because there is the Ruhr and Cologne - Dusseldorf and Upper Silesia but sing as you aren't going to include those maybe you should add the next three biggest ones.
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Level 59
Jan 5, 2019
This quiz has many mistakes.

1. Riga (the capital of Latvia) has 1 million people. Why Riga isn't in this quiz?

2. Wrocław has 638k, Katowice has 300k. Why Wrocław isn't in this quiz and Katowice is in this quiz.

PLEASE FIX THE MISTAKES!!!

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Level 69
May 10, 2019
its called Urban Area
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Level 38
Apr 29, 2020
Riga itself only has 600K
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Level 21
Mar 10, 2019
*this quiz is not eligible for points* FUUUUUUUUUUUUU
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Level 26
Mar 18, 2019
Sarajevo?
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Level 61
Mar 19, 2019
Smaller than the top 100 at 555k
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Level 75
May 20, 2019
Dnipropetrovsk was renamed Dnipro in 2016.
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Level 75
May 20, 2019
This quiz is awesome! I just sent Dan a message nominating it for featuring.
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Level 61
May 25, 2019
Will update it too then. A lot of dots are just a bit off and the population figures are a few years old now
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Level 65
Jun 8, 2019
When I zoom in, in Andorra’s place, there is just ocean. It’s clearly visible.
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Level 61
Jun 8, 2019
Hey, looks like you're right. I copied this from the featured Europe map quiz. That one has a dot over all the small countries. Turns out they weren't even included in that map.
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Level 39
Sep 30, 2019
why are some cities removed from quiz
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Level 83
Jan 2, 2020
the grey dots represent combined urban areas encompassing multiple large or well-known cities.
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Level 66
Oct 15, 2019
Are you sure Leicester is bigger than Bristol?
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Level 65
Aug 15, 2020
Yes, as a Brit, I can confirm it is.
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Level 54
Dec 23, 2020
@TWM03, I believe you are thinking of the city proper populations. Most of Bristol's urban area is included in the city proper population, but Leicester has a larger portion of its urban area outside of those boundries.
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Level 69
Oct 16, 2019
94/98
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Level 82
Oct 21, 2019
I'm confused. There are cities in this top 100 list that aren't in this top 200 list.
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Level 61
Oct 25, 2019
All cities in this list appear in that top 200 list as well. The reverse isn't necessarily true, because the map cuts off a part of Russia that contains some big cities
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Level 84
Dec 10, 2019
Samara, Saratov, Kazan and maybe a few others should be on the list. You can't just ignore them because they are not on this map...
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Level 57
Dec 4, 2019
Saarbrücken has a much smaller population (~180 k)
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Level 84
Dec 10, 2019
Another example of the insane generosity of citypopulation.de. The Saarbrucken metro area is very loose. There's no way I would consider it one of the 100 biggest cities in Europe.
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Level 45
Oct 3, 2020
The number given in the quiz is almost the entire state.
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Level 75
Dec 11, 2019
I think Helsinki is further East
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Level 44
Dec 11, 2019
Can you please accept "Zaporizhzhia" :D
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Level 58
Dec 12, 2019
Please accept Zaporizhzhia
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Level 80
Dec 21, 2019
Why are there only 97 if it's out of 100?
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Level 73
Dec 22, 2019
The Ruhr, Upper Silesia, and Cologne/Düsseldorf are filled in, so only 97 of the 100 can be guessed.
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Level 69
Dec 22, 2019
Can you also accept "Zaporizhzhia" and "Zaporizhzhya" for Zaporizhia
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Level 63
Jan 2, 2020
Gotta laugh at some of the pedantry here. Thank you for putting this together! Enjoyed it.
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Level 69
Jan 2, 2020
wtf Saarbrücken
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Level 46
Jan 2, 2020
One remark about Poland - Wrocław, which is not included in this quiz is actually bigger than Gdańsk
+5
Level 71
Jan 2, 2020
Wroclaw is counted in as part of Upper Silesia, the grey dot right there where Wroclaw should be.
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Level 80
Apr 11, 2020
Wrocław isn't in Upper Silesia.
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Level 20
Apr 28, 2021
Right, it's in Lower Silesia.
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Level 71
Jan 2, 2020
I got slightly confused once I started doing the Russian cities. Turns out this isn't "100 biggest cities in Europe" but "100 biggest cities on the map we're shown".
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Level 54
Oct 27, 2020
Or that the Russian cities you were mentioning were in Asia...
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Level 78
Jan 2, 2020
Please accept Zaporizhzhya and Zaporizhzhia
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Level 83
Jan 2, 2020
Never heard of this place before but I was able to get it just by looking at your suggested type-ins and then guessing a spelling that is more obvious based on them.
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Level 68
Jan 2, 2020
Nice quiz, I think you've overestimated Cardiff's size as your sources say it has around 470k people and is smaller than Bristol
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Level 54
Jan 2, 2020
Wow - tough scoring here. 59 out of 97 beat 38% but only scored me 1 point out of 5. A challenge!!
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Level 75
Jan 3, 2020
Tough judges on this one. I'm not saying 42 is a great score, but 0/5 points?! Come on, man!!!
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Level 79
Jan 3, 2020
Please can you accept Lahnduhn for London. That's how it's pronounced.
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Level 57
Jan 3, 2020
Eindhoven area?
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Level 71
Jan 3, 2020
Oh yes, Netherlands already has a megalopolis which is called "Randstad". It should be incorporated in quizzes like this just as Ruhr or Upper Silesia. It is just a complete waste of time to separate Amsterdam, Rotterdam or Utrecht.
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Level 71
Jan 7, 2021
Not to mention one of the tastiest cheeses in the world - Gouda :)
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Level 34
Jan 4, 2020
Surprised to see places like Cardiff and Nottingham on here. They've got pretty small populations compared to places like Bristol and Bradford. Probably some caveat and I know parts of Bristol lie in Gloucester and Somerset but most sources I can find place it in the top 10 in the UK with around 700,000, way above places like Notts and Cardiff
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Level 65
Aug 15, 2020
Bristol lies nowhere near Gloucester, being from there, they are about an hours drive away.
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Level 40
Aug 8, 2022
Cardiff's population was counted on a Saturday when half of the valley population had gone there shopping or to the rugby.
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Level 39
Jan 6, 2020
The old version is much better
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Level 87
Jan 7, 2020
Isn't Kharkov usually accepted? Kharkiv is a more recent spelling and it is still widely known as Kharkov.
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Level 69
Jan 8, 2020
I can never remember Krasnodar, Voronezh and Zaporizhia
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Level 85
Oct 14, 2021
I used to have that problem with the first two but after taking many Russia quizzes I remember them most of the time. Zaporizhzhia still gives me problems though.
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Level 55
Jan 31, 2020
Map should cut off a bit more to the east - as to include such cities as Samara, Kazan, Ufa, Perm and Saratov (all urban areas contain over 1m people). Perm is probably the easternmost of those that should be included in Europe.
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Level 56
Mar 29, 2020
Please accept Zaporizhzhya or Zaporizhzhia
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Level 48
Apr 7, 2020
Where is Kazan? Its population is more than 1 million
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Level 89
Apr 24, 2021
It's in Russia, east of Nizhny Novgorod on the Volga river
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Level 58
Apr 7, 2020
I could have sworn Cologne is bigger than Aachen.
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Level 65
Apr 11, 2020
Kazan should be on that map
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Level 81
Apr 11, 2020
It says 100 and there's 97 answers?
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Level 86
Apr 12, 2020
German and Polish conurbations.
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Level 67
Apr 12, 2020
Maybe nitpicky, but I would advise to use an inset for iceland. The map how it currently is makes it seem that that is the actual location of iceland. It is not above ireland and the UK. On this map it is actually put closer to where the Faroe islands are (Some might know anyway, but other people might learn it the wrong way now, imagine you would do that with the US map and people would think Alaska is an island haha )

For god sakes it actual seems to be partly above france even! (tiny but I just noticed it ;) ) While in reality it misses not only france (if you would go straight south) but also spain ánd portugal. The first thing you would hit would be the canary islands actually. Ow wait, Madeira. (it just misses the azores btw) (and for those thinking of western sahara as separate, it hit western sahara but not the Morocco part of Morocco). Sorry for the long post :) Got wrapped up in facts and measuring, kinda fun to find these things out :)

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Level 63
Aug 27, 2020
That's how Iceland is on all JetPunk maps of Europe.
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Level 76
Apr 13, 2020
Volgograd for the last with 4 seconds left!
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Level 39
Apr 16, 2020
Aachen has only 250k inhabitants... just saying :)
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Level 39
Apr 16, 2020
Saarbrücken has 180k....
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Level 61
Apr 16, 2020
City proper, yes, urban area no

There are many cities connected to Aachen through built-up area. That's what this quiz uses, as it's a fairer comparison. If you go by city proper, cities in Russia and Ukraine would dominate everything

The urban area of Aachen stretches across the border with the Netherlands and includes Heerlen

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Level 40
Aug 8, 2022
Heerlen? that's not even in the same country.

Still, I like Aachen. It's a nice place and has a great ice cream shop.

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Level 74
Apr 16, 2020
Why did Andorra disappear?
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Level 65
May 4, 2020
But Bielefeld doesn't exist! :) I also didn't guess it because I knew its city population was only around 300k and this was going for urban areas.
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Level 23
May 8, 2020
How you do a map quizzes? Please, answer, cause i want know this and do a map quizzes.
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Level 61
May 9, 2020
You need to be able to write and edit SVG files. I use Inkscape for that

Next, you need a file to edit. Quizmaster has written a blogpost on how to do that. Alternatively, you can scrape any existing map from a quiz using inspect-element in the browser

Last, you need to put your data in the map. For this quiz, I put in all data by hand, which requires a lot of editing. For other quizzes, I automated the process. You can use programming to automatically generate data into the svg file. I've done this for quizzes that have more answers

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Level 44
May 12, 2020
Please accept Zaporizhzhia for Zaporizhia.
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Level 67
May 21, 2020
I agree. Zaporizhzhia is actually the real name and Zaporizhia is the simplified one.
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Level 67
May 21, 2020
Coventry! What on earth why is that there but not samara
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Level 74
May 27, 2020
Wait how is Bielefeld on here? It doesn't exist
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Level 28
Jun 4, 2020
38/97 but then again I'm an American
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Level 63
Aug 27, 2020
97/97 and I'm American too
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Level 57
Jun 11, 2020
Zaporizhia is spelled wrong it is Zaporihzhia
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Level 57
Jun 15, 2020
The population of the cities in The Netherland is way off:

Amsterdam - 821.752

Rotterdam - 623.652

Utrecht - 352.866

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Level 61
Jun 15, 2020
That's city proper population. City proper is an administrative thing and you can't easily compare them across countries. That's why I use urban areas instead. See this post for more details
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Level 50
Jun 23, 2020
This quiz is horribly wrong.

For example the urban population of Basel is 170 000 and metro area is 560 000.

Riga URBAN population is 630 000 and Riga metro area is 1M.

How come Basel is in the map and Riga isn't?

That's just an example, there are way more cities that should be there and a lot that shouldn't, but are.

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Level 63
Aug 27, 2020
Uh, Basel city proper is 170,000 and Riga is 630,000. Why does everyone nitpick when it clearly says urban area population in the caveats?
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Level 54
Sep 17, 2020
This is why I almost never include populations of cities on my quizzes...people will argue, and they always change
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Level 48
Aug 2, 2020
Please except LiVARpool.
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Level 76
Aug 17, 2020
And maybe HanoVAR and St PeTARsburg!
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Level 54
Feb 21, 2021
You don't get the joke ;)
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Level 56
Sep 1, 2020
Nice.
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Level 89
Apr 24, 2021
It's up there ;)
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Level 57
Oct 19, 2020
Can you accept Novgorod for Nizhny Novgorod? I've never heard of anyone calling it Nizhny Novgorod, at least here in the US and I tried Novgorod but didn't get it.
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Level 57
Oct 31, 2020
Helsinki is too far west.
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Level 40
Dec 4, 2020
Gdańsk have only 470k, kraków 780k, łódź 670k.
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Level 70
Dec 24, 2020
There is absolutely no way known to man that Edinburgh has a population in excess of 900,000.
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Level 61
Dec 26, 2020
It's metro area spans livingston and dunfermline. All of that is within 20km, which was used as the cut-off point for including neighbouring areas
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Level 55
Jan 2, 2021
please accept Kharkhiv for Kharkiv
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Level 71
Jan 7, 2021
Good one. I like the jagged lines map too!
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Level 39
Jan 15, 2021
i like this quiz. this quiz is fun.
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Level 54
Jan 27, 2021
i dont think coventry is in the right place, it shouldn't be that far south of birmingham
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Level 53
Mar 13, 2021
The name is misleading as there are only 97 cities but, well, 97 Biggest Cities in Europe With a Map would sound kind of stupid.
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Level 72
Apr 8, 2021
There are 100 cities, just 97 answers that we have to type in. The other 3 are urban areas with no distinct centers, so we don't have to type them in.
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Level 63
Apr 15, 2021
I can't believe I forgot Glasgow. I've been there. Bruh.
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Level 60
Sep 3, 2021
Bielefeld? What's that? Even if it was real, I never knew it would have that many people!
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Level 29
Nov 10, 2021
Good quiz, even if "city" populations do depend a lot on definition. Coventry needs moving slightly - it's shown almost south of Birmingham and is in fact almost east of it.
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Level 73
Dec 4, 2021
I think that this approach to "loosely defined urban areas" on Jetpunk perhaps isn't the best. A better approach would be to accept any of the main cities in the metro area or the overall name of the metro area (e.g. "Upper Silesia", etc.) rather than just giving them on every featured quiz like this. Obviously, there's no easy way to handle this but in my opinion doing this would be better.
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Level 28
Dec 18, 2021
OMG i forgot Gothenburg 🤦‍♂️╰(‵□′)╯
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Level 35
Jan 8, 2022
You should accept Novgorod / Novgorad, which is how people refer to it in Russia, and outside it
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Level 44
May 14, 2022
Isnt Novgorod and Nizney novgorod different cities?
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Level 46
Apr 25, 2022
Coventry is east of Birmingham, not south of it.
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Level 72
May 31, 2022
The fact that I only got 100% on this thanks to Vlad Putin and his mf war (Zaporizhia)
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Level 55
Jun 13, 2022
Yekaterinburg?
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Level 24
Jun 22, 2022
like half of these numbers are completely wrong and dont even match your source. Frankfurt for example has 700k instead of fucking 3,2 million like how to u even get it that wrong?
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Level 61
Jun 24, 2022
That is the population in the administrative area. These often have arbitrary boundaries, so it's hard to compare cities with each other. This quiz counts urban area instead, which is a much more fair comparison. Cities in Eastern Europe typically merge suburbs into the administrative area of the main city. Western Europe doesn't do this, so using administrative area creates a lopsided view
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Level 34
Jul 2, 2022
Nottingham's urban population is definitely not 1.38 million. Even the source you've used says 320k in 2020, which updated to this year is 321k. Okay, yes, that's the city proper. But the urban area is in the high 700k.
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Level 66
Jul 6, 2022
I still wish this quiz accounted for all of European Russia. 5 to 7 cities that should be on here are missing.