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250 World Cities Everyone Should Know

With all of the major urban areas in our world, there are bound to be some that come up more than others. Can you name them all below?
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Afghanistan
Controlled by over 12 different empires throughout history
Kabul
 
 
Algeria
Capital of Algeria home of the (most famous) Notre-Dame d'Afrique
Algiers
 
 
Angola
Most populous Portuguese-speaking capital in the world
Luanda
 
 
Argentina
Known for its wide boulevards & European architecture
Buenos Aires
 
 
Australia
Known for its Queenslander architecture
Brisbane
Known for the Cricket Ground and the National Gallery of Victoria
Melbourne
The largest city in Western Australia and an important naval base for the Allies in WW2
Perth
The largest city in Australia known for an Opera House
Sydney
 
 
Austria
The city of dreams and classical music
Vienna
 
 
Azerbaijan
The Maiden Tower looms over the only world capital on the Caspian Sea
Baku
 
 
Bangladesh
The former legislative capital of Pakistan and the modern-day capital of Bangladesh
Dhaka
 
 
Belgium
Largest city in the Flanders region
Antwerp
De facto capital of the European Union
Brussels
 
 
Bolivia
Highest administrative capital in the world which features Mt. Illimani in the background
La Paz
Bolivia's main commercial center and largest city in the country
Santa Cruz de la Sierra
 
 
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Known as the "Jerusalem of the Balkans"
Sarajevo
 
 
Brazil
The planned capital of Brazil meant to be looked at by the sky
Brasilia
Home of Cristo Redentor and Estadio Maracanã; once the capital of the Portuguese Empire
Rio de Janeiro
Once another capital of Brazil and noted for its Afro-Brazilian culture
Salvador
The largest city in Brazil and home to the Edifício Martinelli skyscraper; the largest Portuguese-speaking city in the world
Sao Paulo
 
 
Brunei
The biggest city in Brunei once was the capital of the Burundian Empire
Bandar Seri Begawan
 
 
Bulgaria
The capital of Bulgaria has been described as the "Triangle of Religious Tolerance"
Sofia
 
 
Cambodia
Known as the "Pearl of Asia"
Phnom Penh
 
 
Canada
The center of Canada's oil industry
Calgary
"Gateway into the North"
Edmonton
Largest city in Quebec where one might enjoy poutine
Montreal
Home of Parliament Hill
Ottawa
Canada's largest city is dwarfed by the CN Tower
Toronto
Largest city in British Columbia with a sizeable Asian-American population
Vancouver
 
 
Chile
Capital of Chile founded by Pedro Valdivia
Santiago
 
 
China
Home to the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City
Beijing
Its city limits are larger than the country of Austria
Chongqing
Center of the Pearl River Delta, the largest urban agglomeration in the world
Guangzhou
Manchurian city known as the "City of Ice"
Harbin
One of the 4 Asian Tigers; handed over to China from the United Kingdom in 1997
Hong Kong
Capital of Tibet, home to the Potala Palace
Lhasa
Handed over to China from Portugal in 1999, now one of the biggest gambling centers in the world
Macau
Historically one of the largest cities in the world, and one of the 4 Ancient Capitals of China; home to Ming Palace, Porcelain Tower and Fuzimiao
Nanjing
Home of "The Bund" and the Oriental Pearl Tower
Shanghai
Third busiest container port in the world and home of many headquarters such as BYD, DJI and Tencent
Shenzhen
Known for it's canals, pagodas and gardens, known as the "Venice of the East"
Suzhou
This city's Yujiapu Financial District has become known to be the Manhattan of China
Tianjin
The breakout zone of COVID-19
Wuhan
Historically known as the first capital of China, this is the site of the Terracotta Army and the start of the Silk Road
Xi'an
Formally known as Amoy, a British controlled port from 1842-1912
Xiamen
 
 
Colombia
Bolivar Square is in the center of the capital of Colombia
Bogota
"City of Eternal Spring"
Medellin
 
 
Côte d' Ivoire
The completion of the Vridi Canal made this center of Côte d'Ivoire one of the largest ports in Africa
Abidjan
 
 
Croatia
Its "Lower Town" houses the main square of the capital of Croatia
Zagreb
 
 
Cuba
Capital of Cuba; its whole old town is considered a UNESCO Heritage Site
Havana
 
 
Cyprus
This city is split in half by Cyprus and Northern Cyprus
Nicosia
 
 
Czech Republic
Historical capital of Bohemia home to the Charles Bridge
Prague
 
 
Denmark
The most bicycle friendly city in the world
Copenhagen
 
 
Dominican Republic
Known as the "First City of America", this city was formally named after Rafael Trujillo
Santo Domingo
 
 
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Largest Francophone city in the world
Kinshasa
 
 
Ecuador
Known as the "Pearl of the Pacific"
Guayaquil
A city built on the remains of an ancient Inca city; the capital of Ecuador
Quito
 
 
Egypt
Home of a Great Library & Lighthouse
Alexandria
Largest city in Egypt, the Middle East, Africa and the Arabic World
Cairo
Home to many of the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx
Giza
 
 
Estonia
Capital of Estonia; birthplace of Skype and TransferWise
Tallinn
 
 
Ethiopia
Largest city in Ethiopia and renowned diplomatic capital of Africa
Addis Ababa
 
 
Finland
One of the most livable cities in the world; the capital and largest in Finland
Helsinki
 
 
France
Its location served as the capital of the Gaul's
Lyon
Second oldest port on the Mediterranean
Marseille
Largest port city in France during the colonial era
Nantes
Home of Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and Avenue des Champs-Élysées
Paris
One of the 4 main capitals of the EU, and largest city in Alsace
Strasbourg
 
 
Germany
Divided by a wall until 1990
Berlin
Major city and cultural center in the Rhine Region
Cologne
Many of its coal mines and factories have been changed to National Museums
Essen
Home to the European Central Bank
Frankfurt am Main
Europe's third largest port was a free imperial city for most of its history
Hamburg
Site of Oktoberfest and much of Germany's tourism
Munich
Headquarters of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche
Stuttgart
 
 
Ghana
Indirectly founded by many Danish and British forts
Accra
 
 
Greece
Known as the birthplace of Democracy
Athens
 
 
Guatemala
Former capital of the United Provinces of Central America
Guatemala City
 
 
Hungary
The largest city and capital of Hungary formed by the merge of two cities
Budapest
 
 
India
Former capital of the Mughal Empire in India; home to the Taj Mahal
Agra
Largest city in Gujarat
Ahmedabad
Fastest growing city in India
Bengaluru
Known as the "Detroit of India" & "Health Capital of India"
Chennai
The capital of India is included in this larger metropolitan area of the same name
Delhi
Also the name of a major Pakistani city
Hyderabad
The oldest continuously used port in India
Kolkata
Home to Bollywood and center of maritime trade
Mumbai
Former capital of the Mauryan and Gupta empires
Patna
 
 
Indonesia
Largest city in Southeast Asia and in Indonesia known as the "Big Durian"
Jakarta
"Bravely Facing Danger"
Surabaya
 
 
Iran
32nd capital of Persia and modern day capital of Iran
Tehran
 
 
Iraq
Center of the Islamic Golden Age
Baghdad
Known as Mûsil to the Kurds
Mosul
 
 
Ireland
"The Fair City"
Dublin
 
 
Israel
Very holy city to Christians, Jews and Muslims
Jerusalem
Called the "Vegans World Capital"
Tel Aviv
 
 
Italy
Busiest seaport in Italy
Genoa
Largest city in Northern Italy and center of fashion
Milan
Former capital of the Kingdom of Two Sicily's
Naples
Center of a grand empire of the same name
Rome
The "Cradle of Italian Liberty"
Turin
"Queen of the Adriatic"
Venice
 
 
Jamaica
Birthplace of Reggae
Kingston
 
 
Japan
Location of the first nuclear bombing on a populated area
Hiroshima
Japan's former capital from 794 to 1868 B.C.
Kyoto
Location of corporations Panasonic and Sharp
Osaka
Largest city on Hokkaido that hosts an annual winter festival
Sapporo
New capital and largest city in Japan
Tokyo
 
 
Jordan
An Umayyad grand complex lies in the center of the capital of Jordan
Amman
 
 
Kazakhstan
Former capital in Kazakhstan; home to the Zenkov Cathedral
Almaty
Capital of Kazakhstan with constantly changing names
Astana
 
 
Kenya
Controlled by the Portuguese, British, and Oman at different points
Mombasa
Location of the United Nations Environmental Program
Nairobi
 
 
Kuwait
Al Ahmadi makes up the majority of this major urban agglomeration that encompasses all of Kuwait
Kuwait City
 
 
Laos
Home of That Luang, an icon of Buddhism around the world
Vientiane
 
 
Latvia
Largest of the three Baltic capitals
Riga
 
 
Lebanon
This city suffered a major explosion in 2020
Beirut
 
 
Libya
"Mermaid of the Mediterranean"
Tripoli
 
 
Lithuania
The largest city and capital of Lithuania
Vilnius
 
 
Luxembourg
De facto capital of the European Union
Luxembourg
 
Madagascar
Also known as Tana
Antananarivo
 
Malaysia
Located on Penang Island, this is referred to as the "Silicon Valley of the East"
George Town
Home of the Petronas Towers
Kuala Lumpur
 
Mexico
Renowned tourist destination on the Yucatan Peninsula
Cancun
Home city of Miguel Hidalgo's revolutionary government
Guadalajara
Built on the ancient ruins of Tenochtitlan; the largest Spanish-Speaking city in the world
Mexico City
Sprawling economic and industrial zone in Nuevo Leon
Monterrey
Home to the Zona Rio district
Tijuana
 
Morocco
Home of the primary naval base of the Royal Moroccan Navy and main industrial/economic center of Morocco
Casablanca
Capital and now recognized port city of Morocco; Founded by Abd al-Mu'min as a military center of the Almohad Empire
Rabat
 
 
Mozambique
Originally named Lourenco Marques, the capital and largest city of Mozambique has a large mixture of Neoclassical and Art Deco architecture
Maputo
 
 
Myanmar
Largest city and former capital of Myanmar has the most intact colonial buildings anywhere in South East Asia
Yangon
 
 
Namibia
Primate city and capital of Namibia; built on the site of a permanent hot spring
Windhoek
 
 
Nepal
The capital and largest city in Nepal; considered the gateway into the Himalayas
Kathmandu
 
 
Netherlands
Center of the Netherlands' culture and home to the it's historic canals, cannabis, Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, and red light district
Amsterdam
Europe's biggest seaport and site and largest city by urban area in the Netherlands, which includes Den Haag, the location of the Dutch Parliament
Rotterdam
New Zealand
Known as the "City of Sails", this is the largest city in New Zealand and the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere
Auckland
The southernmost capital in the world and the world's windiest city
Wellington
 
 
Nigeria
Two natural monoliths, the Aso and Zuma Rock defines Nigeria's newly planned capital
Abuja
Largest Muslim-dominated city in Nigeria; once the center of its own Emirate
Kano
The largest city in Nigeria was originally founded on an Island of the same name
Lagos
 
 
North Korea
Home to the biggest stadium in the world, the capital and largest city of North Korea
Pyongyang
 
 
Norway
Fastest growing city in Europe at the turn of the millennium; #1 in terms of quality of life in Europe
Oslo
 
 
Oman
The capital of Oman contains the city of Ruwi, which makes up most of its economic sector; once the center of a powerful Sultanate
Muscat
 
 
Pakistan
Capital of Pakistan; home to Democracy Square and the Faisal Mosque; most of its citizens are predominantly wealthy
Islamabad
Also known as the "City of Lights", this is the largest city in Pakistan and formally one of the least safe cities in the world
Karachi
Known for the old city and Lollywood
Lahore
 
 
Palestinian Territories
Been under a blockade since 2007
Gaza
 
 
Panama
Bougainvillea plazas, neoclassical architecture and important canal city is the center of Panama and its capital
Panama City
 
 
Paraguay
Capital of Paraguay and largest city in the country; one of the cheapest places for tourists to visit
Asuncion
 
 
Peru
This capital city founded by Francisco Pizarro is one of the biggest cities in South America
Lima
 
 
Philippines
This along with Quezon City and others makes up the largest metropolitan area in the Philippines; fastest growing city in Southeast Asia
Manila
 
 
Poland
The old capital of Poland; and one of the many named European Capitals of Culture in 2000
Krakow
Capital of Poland; it also gained the new title of "Phoenix City" after the complete reconstruction after the World Wars
Warsaw
 
 
Portugal
The capital of Portugal is home to a colonialist legacy, Fado, Sao Jorge Castle, the Belem Tower, and Rua Augusta Arch
Lisbon
2nd largest city in Portugal is known for its famous Port Wine in the cellars of its twin city, Vila Nova de Gaia
Porto
 
 
Qatar
Set to hold the 2022 World Cup and largest city of Qatar; an offshoot of Al Bidda city originally
Doha
 
 
Romania
The largest city in Romania is sometimes called "Little Paris" or "Paris of the East"
Bucharest
Known as the unofficial capital of Transylvania and second largest city in Romania
Cluj-Napoca
Called the "City of Flowers", this was the very first city in the world to be lit with electric street lamps in 1884
Timișoara
 
 
Russia
Known as the capital of sports in Russia and the capital of the Tatar ASSR in the Soviet Union
Kazan
Home to the most famous Kremlin, Ostankino Tower, the Red Square and the largest metropolitan area in Europe
Moscow
The largest city in Asian Russia and one of the world's most renowned zoos
Novosibirsk
The largest city on Crimea; it was once a closed city in the USSR due to its strategic location on the Black Sea
Sevastopol
The second largest city in Russia; was founded by Peter the Great as a new planned capital of Russia
St. Petersburg
Largest city on the Pacific Ocean in Russia; terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway
Vladivostok
Site of the Motherland Calls statue, and site of one of the longest and bloodiest battles in WW2
Volgograd
 
 
Rwanda
Capital and largest city of Rwanda, recovered quickly after the 1991 civil war, which results in its new modern nickname the "Singapore of Africa"
Kigali
 
 
Saudi Arabia
This city is considered different by its locals and the most "open" city in Saudi Arabia
Jeddah
The holiest city in Islam, home to the 2nd most expensive building in the world, the Masjid al-Haram Mosque
Mecca
Last burial ground of the last prophet of Islam; second most holy city in the Islamic World
Medina
Center of the first Saudi State
Riyadh
 
 
Senegal
Founded by the Portuguese, it is the largest city and capital of Senegal; once the capital of the short lived Mali Federation
Dakar
 
 
Serbia
One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and largest city/capital in Serbia
Belgrade
 
 
Singapore
This city-state is considered one of the 4 Asian Tigers; has one of the highest standards of living in the world
Singapore
 
 
Slovakia
Once the capital of Hungary, the only national capital that borders two sovereign states
Bratislava
 
 
South Africa
Location of the Supreme Court in South Africa, "City of Roses"
Bloemfontein
First permanent residence founded in South Africa by settlers; one of the capitals of South Africa and 2nd largest city
Cape Town
KwaNatal Zulu city indirectly founded from a shipwreck off the coast
Durban
Also called Nelson Mandela Bay, one of the most popular holiday destinations in South Africa for its beaches and safari
Gqeberha
The "City of Gold", largest and most wealthy city in South Africa
Johannesburg
Host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup; 8th richest city in Africa and one of the capitals of South Africa
Pretoria
 
 
South Korea
Major technology centers in this capital/largest city in South Korea include the Gangnam and Digital Media City
Seoul
 
 
Spain
Center of the Catalonia movement, is the 5th largest metropolitan area in the EU
Barcelona
2nd largest metropolitan agglomeration in the EU and largest in Spain, center of the monarchy after Spain was united
Madrid
Home of the Casa de Contratación and world expositions like the Ibero-American Exposition and Expo '92
Seville
Capital of the Second Spanish Republic and home to the Fallas Festivals
Valencia
 
 
Sri Lanka
Largest city and economic center of Sri Lanka; includes the nation's capital, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte inside in the urban area
Colombo
 
 
Sudan
Largest city by metropolitan area in Sudan, technically its twin city, Omdurman is larger in city-proper
Khartoum
 
 
Sweden
Largest port in the nordic countries was founded by Gustavus Adolphus in 1621
Gothenburg
Home to some of the most prestigious colleges in Europe; hosts the annual Nobel Prize ceremonies
Stockholm
 
 
Switzerland
Main economic center and 2nd biggest city in Switzerland
Geneva
Among the world's largest financial centers, despite its relativity small size
Zurich
 
 
Syria
In ruins because of the Syrian Civil War; still the largest city and capital of Syria
Damascus
 
 
Taiwan
This capital of Taiwan twinned with the port city of Keelung
Taipei
 
 
Tanzania
Largest city in Tanzania, once the capital of the country until 1973 where it was moved to Dodoma
Dar es Salaam
Once the center of the sultanate on the island of the same name; its historic center is called Stone Town (A World Heritage Site)
Zanzibar
 
 
Thailand
Largest primate city in the world; one of the most traveled to cities in the world
Bangkok
 
 
Tunisia
Avenue Habib Bourguiba is located in the center of the capital of Tunisia, also built over the ancient city of Carthage
Tunis
 
 
Turkey
Capital of Turkey and 2nd largest in the country; much Roman and Ottoman architecture is preserved in the city
Ankara
Previously known as Constantinople; has been part of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin, and Ottoman Empires
Istanbul
Previously known as Smyrna, this third largest city of Turkey has a recorded history of over 3000 years of recorded urban history
Izmir
 
 
Uganda
One of the most rapidly developing cities in Eastern Africa with a growth rate of 4.03%
Kampala
 
 
Ukraine
The largest city and capital of Ukraine; once completely destroyed in the Mongol Invasions and now damaged in a recent war
Kyiv
Referred as the South Capital; this city was founded by Catherine The Great that oddly has more Mediterranean architecture than Russian
Odessa
 
 
United Arab Emirates
The largest city in the United Arab Emirates, home to the Burj Khalifa and more than 2% of the Persian Gulf's economy
Dubai
 
 
United Kingdom
Site of Titanic's construction and largest city in Northern Ireland
Belfast
Manufacturing powerhouse in the Industrial Revolution which in return gave the city lots of interworking canals for trade
Birmingham
Home of the Cabot Tower and the Floating Harbour, this southern English city is also called "Brizzle"
Bristol
Capital and largest city in Wales in South Glamorgan County
Cardiff
Home of Arthur's Seat and a castle of the same name of the capital of Scotland
Edinburgh
Largest city and cultural hub in Scotland, it is also a technically a port city on the River Clyde
Glasgow
Known for its famous football league and being the birthplace of the Beatles; site of the oldest Black and Chinese communities in Europe
Liverpool
Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, and Trafalgar Square are all in this former capital of the largest empire of the world
London
The world's first industrialized city and the UK's second largest city by metropolitan population
Manchester
 
 
United States
Played a historical role in the 1960 Civil Right Movements and has the most passenger traffic out of any Airport
Atlanta
Home of Fort McHenry and known for its Inner Harbor. Also referred as "The Charm City"
Baltimore
The largest city in New England; had a very famous tea party
Boston
Site of the first battle of the American Civil War; 3rd largest metropolitan area in South Carolina behind Greenville and Columbia
Charleston
The largest city in North Carolina and fastest growing metropolitan area from 2004 to 2014
Charlotte
The famous Willis (Sears) Tower is located in the 3rd largest metropolitan area in the United States
Chicago
The largest metropolitan area in Ohio and the first city founded after the American Revolution
Cincinnati
The largest city on Lake Erie which is home to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Cleveland
This northern Texan city, twinned with Forth Worth, is home to 10 of the Fortune 500 companies in the city limits
Dallas
The "Mile High City" (not to be confused with Maseru) is the largest city in Colorado
Denver
The largest city in Michigan is the home city of the "Big Three" auto manufacturers in the US
Detroit
Known as "H-Town", "Space City" and "Bayou City" also houses the Mission Control Center
Houston
Coined itself as the "Entertainment Capital of the World" but is morealess known as "Sin City"
Las Vegas
Home of the Hollywood Sign, Hollywood Boulevard and the second largest city in the United States
Los Angeles
Tennessee city which is a historical center of the blues, country and rock and roll; home of Graceland and Beale Street
Memphis
Cuban cultural center of the United States also coins itself as the "Cruise Capital of the World"
Miami
The largest city in Wisconsin known for its historical brewing and Summerfest
Milwaukee
World-renowned city in the US South for its French Quarter, Creole Culture, and huge historical impact on US history
New Orleans
Wall Street & Statue of Liberty are some of the major features in the largest city in the USA and the largest Anglophone-speaking city in the world
New York City
The largest city in Pennsylvania is home to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell
Philadelphia
Rapidly growing and spread out capital of Arizona
Phoenix
Known as "Steel City" and the "City of Bridges", it's rapidly changing to become a hub in health care and technology
Pittsburgh
Headquarters of the LDS church and largest city in Utah
Salt Lake City
Originally founded as a Spanish Mission, it is the location of the Alamo and the oldest city in Texas
San Antonio
The Birthplace of California often associated with the United States Navy
San Diego
Home of the Golden Gate Bridge, famous bay and historical center of liberalism in the United States
San Francisco
Home of the Space Needle and birthplace of Grunge Music
Seattle
Known as the "Gateway to the West", it also has the smallest national park in the USA surrounding the Gateway Arch
St. Louis
This 2nd biggest metropolitan area in Florida combines with St. Petersburg to make the Greater Bay Area
Tampa
Capital of the United States, home of the Washington Monument, Lafayette Square, and The White House
Washington
 
 
Uruguay
Capital of Uruguay revolving around the Plaza de la Independencia
Montevideo
 
 
Uzbekistan
Originally an independent city state in early history; now the largest city in Uzbekistan and capital; once the 4th largest city in the USSR
Tashkent
 
 
Venezuela
Venezuela's capital and largest city; the final resting place of Simon Bolivar
Caracas
 
 
Vietnam
New capital of Vietnam after the Vietnam War; UNESCO called it the "City of Peace" in 1999
Hanoi
Largest city in Vietnam; named after a revolutionist and leader in the Vietnam War
Ho Chi Minh City
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Level 93
Jan 17, 2021
Nice quiz, but the time allowed is very short!
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Level 75
Jan 18, 2021
I agree. I managed to type in 201 but didn't get to N America. I don't want a speed-typing test - I want a test of geographical knowledge.
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Level 66
Jan 17, 2021
You should accept "Santa Cruz" for Santa Cruz de la Sierra. The inclusion of Timisoara is a bit of a stretch, there are many more important cities I can think of.
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Level 74
Jan 17, 2021
15 minutes is still very short. I didn't have time to look through all the clues, even after guessing cities I knew from just the map. To ace the quiz, you'd need to type an answer every 3.6 seconds.
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Level 50
Jan 18, 2021
Mate this is awesome! Absolutely nomination worthy
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Level 76
Jan 18, 2021
Fantastic quiz (got 249/250 and failed on Timişoara). Nominated!!
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Level 70
Jun 27, 2021
Great quiz, but isn't South Africa a little over represented?
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Level 67
Sep 2, 2021
eh no
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Level 70
Aug 11, 2022
eh yes
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Level 63
Mar 17, 2022
I didn't even realize there were clues until it was over. Only missed 7. This would also be cool as a map only quiz.
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Level 67
Mar 18, 2022
Yeah, I thought of that when I originally created the quiz, but I liked this format a little better.
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Level 70
Aug 11, 2022
A reasonable enough quiz, with (most) of the hints being fairly useful without being dead giveaways, but I have absolutely no idea what kind of criteria you are supposed to be working with here. Obviously a quiz of this nature is always going to be subjective to some degree, but this one really baffled me.

Why are you including Pretoria when the much larger and more impactful Johannesburg is so close-by (Or Islamabad, for that matter)? Just because it's one of the three capitals? Then why are you including former capital Almaty over Dodoma, Ulaanbaatar, or Naypyidaw? Because of its historical significance? Then why are you including Gaza over Aleppo, Corinth,Timbuktu, Jilin?

For any given reason, it feels like the choices are very odd. For the sum of reasons, and considering other choices, it feels even stranger. Why does Egypt get its third city before Iran's second? Why do Bolivia and Colombia get two each before Yemen gets one? Why does South Africa have more cities than Brazil?

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Level 70
Aug 11, 2022
I cannot imagine Timișoara, Bandar Seri Begawan, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, or Windhoek "coming up" more often than Sana'a, Gdansk, Bordeaux, Qom, Chittagong, Porto Alegre, Portland, Quebec City, Lilongwe, Yekaterinburg, Verona, Yerevan, Mogadishu... nor do I think people should or do know them better.

So what exactly *is* the criteria? Just "name these 250 World Cities"? Because it is a very odd list, and one that several times made me go check the hints just because I had no idea *why* a city in that location would be considered one "everyone should know" over a few dozen missing ones. Unfortunately, I did not find an answer for that question, but I'd love to hear one.

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Level 67
Aug 11, 2022
Fair enough, many of those are definitely qualified to be on this quiz, but I only wanted to include a certain amount, and on the spreadsheet I had created to make this quiz, every single one you had mentioned was actually on that spreadsheet.

I don't really find anything inherently wrong with the selections because its not a definitive list. I could make a 1000 version one and there would still be a level of subjection no matter what I choose.

So there's no criteria besides the fact that these urban areas are at least recognizable for something or prominent for a large region or nation. As an American in the Pacific Northwest, I will always have a different view on what's prominent or not than someone in one of the many countries in Europe, or China, or South Africa, or even my neighbor.

As long as you learned something that's all that really matters to me.

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Level 58
Aug 11, 2022
I'm colourblind. I can't tell if the colour of a city changes when I get a right answer. I assume it does, as that would be very helpful!
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Level 66
Aug 11, 2022
Great quiz. Ploughed through for 30 minutes, managed 200 just using the map - only at the end did I realise there were clues below. Might have helped me get one or two more, but the rest I don't think I've heard of. Lots of effort has gone into this, nice one - nominated!
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Level 69
Aug 11, 2022
Due to the nature of the quiz there are always going to be some subjectivity in the answers, and the city placements can be a little misleading (especially in Romania and Chennai), but the quiz is honestly really great and my favourite part was reading all the descriptions after I finished the quiz. I love learning more about these cities, they become more and more familiar and less and less mere placenames on the map.

Great job and a nomination from me :)

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Level 65
Aug 11, 2022
239/250 beats 68% of quiz takers. Jetpunk really is something else
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Level 74
Aug 11, 2022
Amazing quiz! Nominated! My only comment would be that I think Florence ought to make it in here somewhere :)
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Level 64
Jan 7, 2023
What's the source for this quiz?

There's a rather large amount of USA and Canadian cities. Do you really think 12% of the most important cities are in the US?

Feels odd when a lot of European countries only have a couple of answers, but much more history. And for somewhere like Luxor or Bamako or Timbuktu or York or Bordeaux or Nagoya or Florence or Busan (etc.) to miss out over Cleveland or Memphis (not even the Egyptian one!) is frankly laughable, sorry.

But I appreciate the effort as a lot of these are interesting clues.

Also should the Cancun clue read "renowned" or am I missing something?

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Level 67
Jan 7, 2023
Redirecting to a previously mentioned comment, this is not a definitive list, nor would I include many of these among the most important in the world.

I feel like I jammed in as many European cities as possible without it feeling crowded, more would have been overkill. Say what you want for my selections, everyone has their own takes on what they'd pick. Sure there are a lot of Northern American cities, but many people come from that area that uses JetPunk so I don't find it a big deal.

This quiz aims to give additional information and provide a reasonably easy challenge to JetPunkers and a moderate challenge for people not accustomed to geography.

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Level 54
Jan 12, 2023
"Late dictator" Why? Nazarbayev still alive and well