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500 biggest cities in Europe continent

A "small" continent but with lots of cities; can you name them all? An extreme quiz of this type. Populations are estimated for 2023. The numbers represent city propers, not metro areas. The letter k means "thousand". Source: citypopulation.de, wikipedia
For cities bordering Europe and Asia, only the European portion of population counts!
Geographical boundary of Europe runs through Gibraltar strait, Bosphorus strait, Caucasus range, Ural range, and Ural river.
Prefered Russian spelling is ch instead of "tch", and Ukrainian--Ch instead of "Č"
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Pop.
Nat.
City
13290k
Moscow
9988k
İstanbul
8940k
London
5742k
Saint Petersburg
3750k
Berlin
3300k
Madrid
3142k
Athens
2972k
Kiev
2760k
Rome
2125k
Paris
2005k
Vienna
1991k
Minsk
1900k
Warsaw
1880k
Hamburg
1682k
Bucharest
1678k
Budapest
1632k
Barcelona
1500k
Munich
1413k
Kharkiv
1365k
Milan
1365k
Copenhagen
1341k
Kazan
1307k
Prague
1221k
Nizhny Novgorod
1201k
Belgrade
1179k
Sofia
1175k
Samara
1170k
Krasnodar
1161k
Ufa
1152k
Rostov-on-Don
1141k
Birmingham
1085k
Cologne
1074k
Voronezh
1043k
Perm
1029k
Volgograd
1008k
Odessa
989k
Stockholm
962k
Dnipro
928k
Amsterdam
914k
Saratov
909k
Naples
890k
Donetsk
876k
Marseille
844k
Kraków
839k
Turin
801k
Thessaloniki
788k
Valencia
785k
Frankfurt
am Main
714k
Lviv
714k
Oslo
696k
Zaporizhia
683k
Wrocław
682k
Zaragoza
681k
Seville
677k
Tolyatti
669k
Rotterdam
667k
Helsinki
658k
Zagreb
657k
Łódź
641k
Glasgow
631k
Makhachkala
633k
Stuttgart
627k
Palermo
625k
Düsseldorf
622k
Izhevsk
622k
Rīga
620k
Leipzig
618k
Ulyanovsk
604k
Gothenburg
601k
Dublin
592k
Kryvyi Rih
589k
Dortmund
582k
Essen
582k
Málaga
577k
Stavropol
573k
Yaroslavl
568k
The Hague
567k
Bremen
561k
Dresden
556k
Genoa
555k
Naberezhnye
Chelny
554k
Balashikha
552k
Vilnius
547k
Leeds
545k
Poznań
544k
Lisbon
542k
Orenburg
542k
Hannover
532k
Antwerp
530k
Ryazan
529k
Lyon
520k
Sėvastopol
517k
Toulouse
516k
Edinburgh
515k
Nuremberg
511k
Liverpool
506k
Cheboksary
505k
Chisinau
502k
Sheffield
502k
Kaliningrad
500k
Tirana
499k
Gomel
498k
Penza
496k
Duisburg
494k
Lipetsk
490k
Gdańsk
481k
Manchester
477k
Bratislava
468k
Tula
467k
Kirov
466k
Astrakhan
465k
Murcia
464k
Mykolaiv
446k
Tallinn
445k
Kursk
435k
Bristol
430k
Zürich
430k
Palma de
Mallorca
424k
Skopje
418k
Tver
418k
Leicester
417k
Mariupol
400k
Brno
393k
Szczecin
391k
Luhansk
390k
Bologna
372k
Bryansk
371k
Utrecht
369k
Vinnytsia
363k
Bochum
362k
Malmö
361k
Florence
359k
Grodno
358k
Vitebsk
357k
Wuppertal
353k
Mogilev
352k
Ivanovo
351k
Vladimir
352k
Cardiff
351k
Coventry
345k
Bilbao
344k
Nice
343k
Brest
343k
Belfast
341k
Simfėropol
341k
Alicante
340k
Kaluga
340k
Grozny
339k
Bradford
337k
Belgorod
336k
Makiivka
336k
Bonn
335k
Bielefeld
333k
Bydgoszcz
333k
Nantes
332k
Sarajevo
331k
Lublin
327k
Podolsk
323k
Münster
321k
Córdoba
320k
Volzhsky
318k
Saransk
316k
Vologda
316k
Plovdiv
316k
Bari
315k
Mannheim
315k
Montpellier
314k
Smolensk
314k
Çorlu
311k
Espoo
309k
Karlsruhe
307k
Varna
304k
Cherepovets
304k
Nottingham
302k
Augsburg
300k
Oryol
301k
Strasbourg
300k
Graz
299k
Catania
295k
Kaunas
294k
Valladolid
294k
Białystok
294k
Vigo
293k
Vladikavkaz
292k
Arkhangelsk
291k
Aarhus
291k
Bergen
290k
Newcastle
upon Tyne
288k
Yoshkar-Ola
284k
Ljubljana
281k
Derby
281k
Wiesbaden
280k
Ostrava
280k
Katowice
280k
Chernihiv
279k
Cluj-Napoca
278k
Sterlitamak
278k
Brighton and Hove
276k
Poltava
276k
Khmelnytskyi
275k
Kherson
273k
Kingston
upon Hull
270k
Arnavutköy
270k
Mytishchi
269k
Plymouth
267k
Iași
267k
Gijón
267k
Kostroma
267k
Khimki
267k
L'Hospitalet
de Llobregat
267k
Bordeaux
266k
Cherkasy
266k
Novorossiysk
266k
Gent
265k
Chernivtsi
263k
Stoke-on-Trent
263k
Novi Sad
262k
Mönchengladbach
261k
Murmansk
260k
Gelsenkirchen
259k
Zhytomyr
258k
Tambov
256k
Verona
255k
Oral
256k
Vitoria-Gasteiz
253k
Tampere
253k
Sumy
253k
Southampton
251k
Aachen
251k
Northampton
250k
Braunschweig
249k
Venice
248k
Nalchik
248k
Kiel
246k
Uppsala
246k
Eindhoven
245k
A Coruña
245k
Vantaa
244k
Gdynia
244k
Chemnitz
243k
Taganrog
243k
Nizhnekamsk
242k
Rivne
241k
Ivano-Frankivsk
240k
Groningen
240k
Halle
239k
Luton
238k
Lille
238k
Elche
Pop.
Nat.
City
238k
Constanța
237k
Magdeburg
237k
Timișoara
236k
Horlivka
236k
Wolverhampton
235k
Freiburg
im Breisgau
234k
Brașov
234k
Lyubertsy
232k
Granada
231k
Porto
230k
Petrozavodsk
230k
Korolyov
230k
Engels
229k
Tilburg
228k
Krefeld
227k
Cork
227k
Rennes
227k
Ternopil
227k
Craiova
226k
Almere
225k
Veliky Novgorod
225k
Košice
224k
Terrassa
224k
Portsmouth
223k
Shakhty
223k
Kamianske
222k
Stary Oskol
222k
Badalona
220k
Mainz
219k
Sabadell
217k
Lübeck
217k
Syktyvkar
216k
Lutsk
216k
Messina
216k
Kropyvnytskyi
216k
Cartagena
215k
Oviedo
215k
Trondheim
214k
Galați
214k
Dzerzhinsk
214k
Jerez de
la Frontera
214k
Erfurt
213k
Kremenchuk
213k
Oulu
211k
Linz
210k
Móstoles
210k
Rostock
209k
Reading
208k
Oberhausen
207k
Babrujsk
207k
Częstochowa
206k
Padova
206k
Bila Tserkva
206k
Norwich
206k
Pamplona
204k
Milton Keynes
203k
Genève
202k
Charleroi
202k
Almería
202k
Krasnogorsk
202k
Kassel
200k
Turku
200k
Bournemouth
200k
Rzeszów
199k
Silivri
198k
Trieste
198k
Peterborough
198k
Parma
198k
Debrecen
194k
Alcalá de Henares
197k
Brescia
197k
Patras
196k
Radom
196k
Aberdeen
196k
Toruń
195k
Liège
192k
Bruxelles
191k
Pskov
191k
Fuenlabrada
190k
Leganés
189k
Prato
189k
Swindon
189k
Sosnowiec
189k
Donostia
189k
Hagen
188k
Vila Nova de Gaia
188k
Bolton
188k
Tekirdağ
188k
Potsdam
188k
Toulon
188k
Odintsovo
187k
Taranto
187k
Armavir
187k
Breda
187k
Getafe
186k
Burgas
184k
Modena
184k
Southend-on-Sea
183k
Kielce
183k
Nijmegen
183k
Odense
182k
Edirne
181k
Balakovo
180k
Saarbrücken
180k
Hamm
179k
Oradea
178k
Niš
177k
Reims
177k
Warrington
176k
Ploiești
176k
Saint-Étienne
175k
Plzen
175k
Ludwigshafen
am Rhein
174k
Oxford
173k
Albacete
173k
Burgos
173k
Basel
172k
Rybinsk
172k
Oldenburg
172k
Slough
172k
Mülheim
an der Ruhr
172k
Alcorcón
171k
Castellón
de la Plana
171k
Amadora
171k
Gliwice
171k
Baranavičy
170k
Santander
170k
Swansea
170k
Reggio di Calabria
170k
Reggio
nell'Emilia
169k
Olsztyn
168k
Apeldoorn
168k
Bielsko-Biała
168k
Linköping
168k
Volgodonsk
167k
Sunderland
167k
Arnhem
167k
Osnabrück
167k
Almetyevsk
166k
Haarlem
166k
Podgorica
165k
Leverkusen
164k
Haarlemmermeer
164k
Domodedovo
163k
Heraklion
163k
Syzran
163k
Darmstadt
163k
Kingswood/Fishponds
163k
Novocherkassk
162k
Le Havre
162k
Perugia
162k
Enschede
162k
Dijon
162k
Amersfoort
162k
Heidelberg
161k
Telford
160k
Zaanstad
160k
Västerås
160k
Solingen
160k
Den Bosch
160k
Khasavyurt
159k
Örebro
159k
Angers
159k
Villeurbanne
158k
Cambridge
157k
Szeged
157k
Kerch
157k
Regensburg
157k
Salzburg
157k
Herne
156k
Grenoble
156k
Ravenna
154k
Paderborn
153k
Neuss
153k
Ipswich
152k
Zabrze
152k
Livorno
152k
Helsingborg
152k
Marbella
151k
Clermont-Ferrand
151k
Badajoz
150k
Logroño
150k
Severodvinsk
150k
Rimini
150k
Brăila
150k
Aix-en-Provence
150k
Atyray
149k
Middlesbrough
149k
Klaipėda
149k
Blackpool
148k
Cagliari
148k
Bytom
148k
Braga
147k
Salavat
147k
Jyväskylä
147k
Melitopol
147k
Pyatigorsk
147k
Stavanger
147k
Çerkezköy
146k
Dundee
146k
Split
146k
Jönköping
146k
Kragujevac
146k
Norrköping
146k
Larisa
146k
Le Mans
145k
Foggia
145k
Elektrostal
145k
Sibiu
144k
Nîmes
143k
Huddersfield
143k
York
143k
Miskolc
142k
Poole
143k
Kramatorsk
143k
Maykop
143k
Reykjavik
142k
Arad
142k
Huelva
141k
Pristina
141k
Salamanca
141k
Zielona Góra
141k
Lausanne
140k
Ingolstadt
139k
Lleida
139k
Brest
139k
Pitești
139k
Shchyolkovo
138k
Tours
138k
Dos Hermanas
138k
Pécs
137k
Rybnik
137k
Tarragona
135k
Watford
135k
Barysaǔ
135k
Torrejón de Ardoz
135k
Amiens
135k
Offenbach
135k
Colchester
135k
Serpukhov
134k
Bern
134k
Bacau
134k
Berezniki
134k
Newport
134k
Neftekamsk
133k
Parla
133k
Kolomna
133k
Luxembourg
133k
Umea
37 Comments
+8
Level 40
Sep 15, 2020
Need more time please, an hour would be good. Also, can you accept different spellings of names please, e.g. Bruxelles also as Brussels.
+2
Level 66
Sep 16, 2020
The quiz will be updated for the 2020 population. Alternative spellings are fine but let's keep the timing period short to keep it fair with the previous players. Even I - the author - bearly reach the 90's percentile ranking!
+1
Level 40
Oct 1, 2020
What about 5 minutes longer, as it is just not doable in thirty minutes.
+1
Level 66
Oct 1, 2020
Okay, maybe +5 minutes is reasonable but let me also update the population for the year 2020.
+3
Level 66
Dec 12, 2021
The quiz is updated with more spelling alternatives.
+5
Level 58
Sep 25, 2020
Wow! Excellent work! (And the tiny country flags look great!)
+2
Level 66
Sep 25, 2020
Thanks! It is a pleasure for me to make this quiz because there are so many cities in Europe with similar populations!
+1
Level 60
Nov 2, 2020
How is Cork, Ireland not here??
+2
Level 66
Nov 2, 2020
In this version of the quiz, Cork's population is just a bit lower than the 500th city on this list!
+2
Level 66
Dec 12, 2021
The quiz is now updated. Enjoy!
+2
Level 16
Aug 11, 2021
How do you get the mini flags? Looks great
+1
Level 66
Aug 20, 2021
You may try downloading from here: https://freesvg.org/countries-flags
+1
Level 65
Feb 14, 2022
I'm missing Yekaterinburg
+1
Level 67
Feb 14, 2022
In Asia.
+4
Level 82
Feb 14, 2022
If you're going to use the Scottish and Welsh flags, then you should also use the English flag for English cities, no?
+1
Level 66
Feb 15, 2022
Ah, I thought that too, until I realised then Northern Ireland had to use the Union Jack so the England case may be quite embarrassing.
+1
Level 43
Apr 21, 2022
England has its own flag, so why couldn't they use it?
+1
Level 66
Apr 22, 2022
Because most English people would be happy with the Union Jack flag. The use of a seperate England flag only helps distinguished one city in the Northern Island - so not worth of using the England flag for now.
+1
Level 73
Feb 16, 2022
Northern Ireland has its own flag
+1
Level 66
Feb 17, 2022
Is that flag used internationally? Wikipedia says that "the official flag in Northern Ireland is the Union Flag of the United Kingdom".
+2
Level 95
Mar 1, 2022
La Laguna is in Tenerife (Canary Islands), so it's not counting for European cities
+1
Level 66
Mar 1, 2022
Somehow I forgot to exclude this city!
+2
Level 62
Jul 4, 2022
Super work, love it.
+2
Level 47
Jan 3, 2023
Got 468/500 but stumbled over a couple of unexpected spellings. I suggest adding the following alternatives:

Baranovichi, Babruysk, Barysaw, Reggio Calabria.

+1
Level 66
Sep 28, 2023
Yes, Barysaw is a bit tricky considered that I added those e.g. Hrodna etc.
+1
Level 63
Jun 26, 2023
Athens and Thessaloniki aren't that big those are their metro populations
+1
Level 66
Jun 26, 2023
Yes, seems that Population.de lists the metro population.
+1
Level 56
Jul 2, 2023
I'm sorry but in what world is Bristol larger than Manchester? Also if Wales and Scotland have sperate flags, why not use the English flag for England instead of the Union Jack?
+1
Level 66
Jul 3, 2023
Yeah, I checked the new database, you are probably right, Bristol < Manchester. A later update will use the English flag instead of the Union Jack.
+3
Level 78
Sep 28, 2023
Could you accept Padua for Padova ? It's the usual english spelling of the name, found in wikipedia etc.
+1
Level 76
Sep 28, 2023
I was shocked at this
+1
Level 66
Sep 28, 2023
Yes, somehow I missed this obvious name! Will have to wait till the next update...
+1
Level 33
Sep 28, 2023
Why does Scotland have a flag, and the UK also also have a flag? Scotland is part of the UK just as much as England...
+1
Level 73
Sep 28, 2023
If only you could read the previous comments to possibly find out why...
+1
Level 67
Sep 28, 2023
Why are urban area population used for Danish and Greek cities, and cities proper for the other?
+1
Level 66
Sep 29, 2023
The database does not provide city proper for Denmark and Greece, and there is no consistent method to estimate - so I just stick with the raw data.
+1
Level 67
Sep 29, 2023
At citypopulation.de, they are listed under municipalities.