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Second Cities of Europe

Name the second-largest cities of each country in Europe. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_national_capital,_largest_and_second-largest_cities
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Last updated: December 31, 2022
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Country
Largest City (Metro)
Second City (Metro)
Albania
Tirana
Durrës
Andorra
Andorra la Vella
Les Escaldes
Austria
Vienna
Graz
Belarus
Minsk
Gomel
Belgium
Brussels
Antwerp
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sarajevo
Banja Luka
Bulgaria
Sofia
Plovdiv
Croatia
Zagreb
Split
Czech Republic
Prague
Ostrava
Denmark
Copenhagen
Aarhus
Estonia
Tallinn
Tartu
Finland
Helsinki
Tampere
France
Paris
Lyon
Germany
Rhine-Ruhr
Berlin
Greece
Athens
Thessaloniki
Hungary
Budapest
Debrecen
Iceland
Reykjavík
Kópavogur
Ireland
Dublin
Cork
Italy
Rome
Milan
Kosovo
Pristina
Prizren
Latvia
Riga
Daugavpils
Liechtenstein
Schaan
Vaduz
Lithuania
Vilnius
Kaunas
Country
Largest City (Metro)
Second City (Metro)
Luxembourg
Luxembourg City
Esch-sur-Alzette
Macedonia
Skopje
Bitola
Malta
Valletta
Mosta
Moldova
Chişinău
Tiraspol
Monaco
Monte Carlo
La Condamine
Montenegro
Podgorica
Nikšić
Netherlands
Amsterdam
Rotterdam
Norway
Oslo
Bergen
Poland
Warsaw
Kraków
Portugal
Lisbon
Porto
Romania
Bucharest
Constanța
Russia
Moscow
Saint Petersburg
San Marino
Dogana
Borgo Maggiore
Serbia
Belgrade
Novi Sad
Slovakia
Bratislava
Košice
Slovenia
Ljubljana
Maribor
Spain
Madrid
Barcelona
Sweden
Stockholm
Gothenburg
Switzerland
Zürich
Geneva
Ukraine
Kiev
Donetsk
United Kingdom
London
Birmingham
Vatican City
Vatican City
N/A
15 Comments
+6
Level 61
Dec 31, 2022
According to wikipedia, Homel should be spelled Gomel or Homiel
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Level 84
Dec 31, 2022
Thank you, this must have been a typo on my part, I can't see that it was ever called Homel. Or a typo on the old Wikipedia page - it appears that the data this quiz was based on no longer exists on Wikipedia.
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Level 82
Jun 25, 2024
This comes from a misunderstanding of Slavic languages and the best ways to transliterate Cyrillic into Latin.

The name of the city is written as "Гомел" - which, if you transliterate from (Russian) Cyrillic into Latin, gives you "Gomel."

However Belorussian is not Russian. In Belorussian (as well as Ukrainian and a few other Slavic languages), the letter "Г" is pronounced as an "H" not as a "G." Meaning that the name of the city is (locally) pronounced as "Homel."

Since the only authoritative spelling is the Cyrillic one, it becomes ambiguous as to how to spell it in Latin.

Personally I would recommend having "Gomel" as the answer but accepting both "Homel" and "Homiel" as type-ins.

I know that I always try both "Gomel" and "Homel" for this city in quizzes just in case one is accepted but the other isn't.

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Level 84
Jun 25, 2024
What a wonderful explanation - thank you so much! I have added "Homel" back as a type-in. Now "Gomel", "Homel", and "Homiel" all work.
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Level 84
Dec 31, 2022
Czech Republic isn't Brno? Hmmm...
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Level 84
Jan 1, 2023
This data is based on metro area, and yes, based on metro area Ostrava is bigger.
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Level 82
Jun 25, 2024
Honestly the data's kind of all over the place. Because some of these seem to be city proper populations, some of them seem to be urban area. And then there are also a few examples (the one that sticks out to me is Kópavogur in Iceland) where the accepted answer is actually inside the same metro area as the largest city.

(Which isn't to even begin addressing the case of Monaco - where both Monte Carlo and La Condamine are merely neighbourhoods inside the singular city of Monaco which is co-extensive with the country as a whole, and one could make an argument that this answer should appear as "N/A" the same way that Vatican City's does.)

But eh. It is what it is. I understand that the data was just taken from a Wikipedia page (yuck) and it's maybe best to not editorialize/mess with it.

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Level 84
Jun 25, 2024
It's a really complicated question. Defining populations of metro areas is not as straightforward as we might like. What is a metro area, what is a city....so I come from Dallas, and for sure Ft. Worth and its suburbs are considered part of the same metropolitan area, but I can assure you that plenty of people from Ft. Worth are none too happy to be lumped in with Dallas. Culturally they consider themselves very distinct, and there's a lot of truth to it.

As the world urbanizes more, and some urban areas stretch so far that they practically meld into others, it gets increasingly complicated. How long until Washington D.C. and Baltimore are a single metropolitan area? How much longer after that before you never leave urbanization taking I-95 up to Philadelphia? I'm sure there's also a lot of debate at the fringes of metro areas as to what communities are included.

City proper population is much easier, but also much less intuitive.

If anyone has any specific changes, I'm all ears.

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Level 76
Jun 25, 2024
I think you should take Esch for Luxembourg, it's the most common name!
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Level 84
Jun 25, 2024
Fair. This looks good - I'm trimming the type-in down to simply "Esch" or "Alzette"
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Level 69
Jul 6, 2024
Alzette is the name of the river, that wouldn't really make sense.

Esch is the main part of the name, and "sur Alzette" (on Alzette) is a qualifier.

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Level 53
Jun 25, 2024
there is far far too few time
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Level 84
Jun 25, 2024
I mean, it's supposed to be a challenge! If a lot of people agree I'm open to upping it.
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Level 72
Jun 25, 2024
Given there's several where you can't just quickly write the "obvious" answer (due to the city / metro area type uncertainty discussed in other comments), it is tight on time even if you know your large cities.
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Level 84
Jun 26, 2024
This is fair, let's make it 6 minutes instead of 4...that gives 8 seconds per country