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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
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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
Kyiv
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
100 Recent Comments
+15
Level 82
Jan 3, 2020
Please can you accept Lahnduhn for London. That's how it's pronounced.
+1
Level 59
Jan 3, 2020
Eindhoven area?
+3
Level 75
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.
+3
Level 75
Jan 7, 2021
Not to mention one of the tastiest cheeses in the world - Gouda :)
+4
Level 38
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
+4
Level 69
Aug 15, 2020
Bristol lies nowhere near Gloucester, being from there, they are about an hours drive away.
+1
Level 45
Mar 21, 2024
You will probably find that anything in northern greater Bristol is actually part of the authority of South Gloucestershire, and not Bristol itself.
+2
Level 56
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.
+1
Level 83
Feb 19, 2023
I was initially surprised by Nottingham but then remembered that it sprawls quite a bit. My grandparents live so far out from the centre that I've rarely been to it.
+1
Level 45
Mar 21, 2024
I am surprised by this, as, afaik, Leicester is actually now the biggest city in the East Midlands.
+1
Level 43
Jan 6, 2020
The old version is much better
+2
Level 89
Jan 7, 2020
Isn't Kharkov usually accepted? Kharkiv is a more recent spelling and it is still widely known as Kharkov.
+1
Level 71
Jan 8, 2020
I can never remember Krasnodar, Voronezh and Zaporizhia
+3
Level 88
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.
+4
Level 51
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.
+6
Level 59
Mar 29, 2020
Please accept Zaporizhzhya or Zaporizhzhia
+4
Level 51
Apr 7, 2020
Where is Kazan? Its population is more than 1 million
+2
Level 93
Apr 24, 2021
It's in Russia, east of Nizhny Novgorod on the Volga river
+4
Level 63
Apr 7, 2020
I could have sworn Cologne is bigger than Aachen.
+1
Level 45
Mar 21, 2024
It most definitely is, to the tune of some 700,000 people.
+2
Level 66
Mar 21, 2024
Yes, that's why it's on the quiz
+3
Level 64
Apr 11, 2020
Kazan should be on that map
+1
Level 77
Apr 11, 2020
It says 100 and there's 97 answers?
+2
Level 88
Apr 12, 2020
German and Polish conurbations.
+2
Level 69
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 66
Aug 27, 2020
That's how Iceland is on all JetPunk maps of Europe.
+2
Level 79
Apr 13, 2020
Volgograd for the last with 4 seconds left!
+2
Level 39
Apr 16, 2020
Aachen has only 250k inhabitants... just saying :)
+2
Level 39
Apr 16, 2020
Saarbrücken has 180k....
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Level 62
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

+1
Level 56
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 45
Mar 21, 2024
Having lived in Heerlen, it does belong to the region, but has no direct connection with Aachen at all. Kerkrade has some connections to Herzogenrath across the border and also gets VERY close to having a contiguous built-up area with Heerlen, but Aachen itself has nowhere near grown all the way to Herzogenrath. Not even Kohlscheidt. The Disctrict of Aachen touches Heerlen, but that is just forest.
+2
Level 75
Apr 16, 2020
Why did Andorra disappear?
+10
Level 64
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.
+1
Level 23
May 8, 2020
How you do a map quizzes? Please, answer, cause i want know this and do a map quizzes.
+5
Level 62
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

+4
Level 53
May 12, 2020
Please accept Zaporizhzhia for Zaporizhia.
+4
Level 69
May 21, 2020
I agree. Zaporizhzhia is actually the real name and Zaporizhia is the simplified one.
+2
Level 71
May 21, 2020
Coventry! What on earth why is that there but not samara
+1
Level 66
Mar 21, 2024
Pretty sure Samara's in Asia
+10
Level 75
May 27, 2020
Wait how is Bielefeld on here? It doesn't exist
+1
Level 26
Jun 4, 2020
38/97 but then again I'm an American
+4
Level 66
Aug 27, 2020
97/97 and I'm American too
+1
Level 66
Mar 21, 2024
Well, you ARE a Chinese American, a.k.a. half of the counterexamples for the dumb American stereotype...
+4
Level 57
Jun 11, 2020
Zaporizhia is spelled wrong it is Zaporihzhia
+1
Level 66
Mar 21, 2024
*Zaporizhzhia
+1
Level 59
Jun 15, 2020
The population of the cities in The Netherland is way off:

Amsterdam - 821.752

Rotterdam - 623.652

Utrecht - 352.866

+2
Level 62
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
+2
Level 57
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.

+2
Level 66
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?
+1
Level 60
Sep 17, 2020
This is why I almost never include populations of cities on my quizzes...people will argue, and they always change
+4
Level 52
Aug 2, 2020
Please except LiVARpool.
+2
Level 79
Aug 17, 2020
And maybe HanoVAR and St PeTARsburg!
+3
Level 60
Feb 21, 2021
You don't get the joke ;)
+1
Level 64
Sep 1, 2020
Nice.
+1
Level 93
Apr 24, 2021
It's up there ;)
+1
Level 58
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.
+1
Level 79
Nov 2, 2023
You can call it Nizhny, but not just Novgorod. There are other cities called Novgorod.
+1
Level 66
Mar 21, 2024
Just "Novgorod" refers to Veliky Novgorod, just call it "Nizhny"
+2
Level 57
Oct 31, 2020
Helsinki is too far west.
+1
Level 57
Dec 4, 2020
Gdańsk have only 470k, kraków 780k, łódź 670k.
+1
Level 66
Mar 21, 2024
Urban population
+2
Level 73
Dec 24, 2020
There is absolutely no way known to man that Edinburgh has a population in excess of 900,000.
+4
Level 62
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
+1
Level 55
Jan 2, 2021
please accept Kharkhiv for Kharkiv
+1
Level 75
Jan 7, 2021
Good one. I like the jagged lines map too!
+1
Level 43
Jan 15, 2021
i like this quiz. this quiz is fun.
+1
Level 56
Jan 27, 2021
i dont think coventry is in the right place, it shouldn't be that far south of birmingham
+1
Level 52
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.
+2
Level 78
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.
+1
Level 73
Apr 15, 2021
I can't believe I forgot Glasgow. I've been there. Bruh.
+3
Level 67
Sep 3, 2021
Bielefeld? What's that? Even if it was real, I never knew it would have that many people!
+2
Level 79
Nov 2, 2023
Do you know anybody from Bielefeld? Have you ever been to Bielefeld? Do you know anybody who has ever been to Bielefeld? Hmm, just as I suspected...
+1
Level 28
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.
+1
Level 74
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.
+1
Level 33
Dec 18, 2021
OMG i forgot Gothenburg 🤦‍♂️╰(‵□′)╯
+1
Level 36
Jan 8, 2022
You should accept Novgorod / Novgorad, which is how people refer to it in Russia, and outside it
+2
Level 44
May 14, 2022
Isnt Novgorod and Nizney novgorod different cities?
+1
Level 79
Nov 2, 2023
From what I can find, Veliky Novgorod is known as Novgorod, and Nizhny Novgorod is known as Nizhny.
+1
Level 46
Apr 25, 2022
Coventry is east of Birmingham, not south of it.
+1
Level 76
May 31, 2022
The fact that I only got 100% on this thanks to Vlad Putin and his mf war (Zaporizhia)
+1
Level 69
Jun 13, 2022
Yekaterinburg?
+1
Level 66
Mar 21, 2024
Asia?
+1
Level 51
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.
+2
Level 68
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.
+1
Level 26
Sep 2, 2022
This quiz is not correct: For example, there is Catania on the map (in Italy) but no Genova, Bologna and Bari, all of them being more populous cities.
+1
Level 53
Sep 7, 2022
You lied it says top 100 but therss only 97.
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Level 62
Oct 25, 2022
96/97 missed Coventry.

Can "Brum" be accepted for Birmingham?

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Level 77
Dec 11, 2022
Only if "Vim" is accepted for Valism.
+1
Level 46
Dec 10, 2022
You should accept nizhnii novgorod!
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Level 50
Dec 26, 2022
[Iceland has left the chat]
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Level 65
Jul 4, 2023
[Bosnia and Herzegovina has left the chat]
+1
Level 79
Nov 2, 2023
Bielefeld has entered the chat
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Level 69
Feb 7, 2023
Coventry :|

You can't be serious.

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Level 61
Feb 28, 2023
82/97 oh well
+1
Level 52
Jul 11, 2023
Köln and Düsseldorf are different Cities.
+1
Level 29
Oct 28, 2023
77/97 I couldve named more but as english isnt my first language i missed a few cities
+1
Level 66
Nov 22, 2023
Interesting how densely populated England and the low countries are compared to much of Europe, and how big cities track the Rhine and Danube.
+3
Level 62
Dec 3, 2023
My brother in christ you have mixed up the population of Saarbrücken with the entire population of Saarland.
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Level 32
Feb 10, 2024
neither saarbrücken nor aachen are close to the biggest german cities, and bielefeld actually doesnt even exist :)