Can You Name the Country from Its Largest City by Population?


By: Jouviane Alexandre

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About This Quiz

Calling all international travelers! We're going around the world with this quiz! From the thousands of cities located on the globe, there are quite a few that are known for being the largest in the world. Can you pair the country with its largest city?

When you think about the entire globe, it's almost shocking to realize that there are 197 countries! While you could probably only name half of them on a good day, you can't forget the others. Every country is going to have its own largest cities, but when you come across countries like China, Russia, and the United States, you can be sure that they have a few cities that fall in the top 100. 

Luckily for you, you won't have to worry about that today! Rather than focusing on all the largest countries in the world, you only need to worry about one per country!

Europe has Istanbul and Moscow, but can you pinpoint them to their actual country? Traveling over to North America, you'd find Toronto and New York City. A trip to Shanghai would find you in the largest metro area with over 34 million people.

Many of these cities are flooded with millions and millions of people. Traveling through six of the continents, could you pinpoint the location of some of the world's largest cities?

We're traveling around the world with this quiz! Will you be piloting this plane or will you be stuck at check-in?

Let's find out!


Greece is a European country. Athens is the capital and the largest Grecian city, with a population of just over 664,000.


New York City

The Big Apple, New York City, is well known for being the most populated city in the United States. Made up of five boroughs, the city has over 8.5 million people.



Traveling to Canada, there are many large cities that one might think is its capital, but if you're not guessing Toronto, you'd be wrong. Although the capital city is Ottawa, Toronto is Canada's most populated city with over 2.8 million people.


Buenos Aires

Argentina is a country located in South America. Its capital and largest city is Buenos Aires, which has a population of over 2.8 million people.


Cape Town

South Africa has three different capitals, and one of them, Cape Town, is the most populated city in the country. Cape Town has over 3.4 million residents.



While you might be thinking Beijing is China's most populated city, you'd be wrong! Shanghai is the most populous city in China with over 34 million people.



A small country in Europe, the Netherlands' largest city and capital is Amsterdam, which has just over 821,000 people.



Riyadh is the capital city and largest city in Saudi Arabia. The city has just over 5.1 million residents.


Kuala Lumpur

Found on the continent of Asia, Malaysia's largest city is Kuala Lumpur. Also its capital, the city has over 1.5 million people.



If you're headed to Poland, you'd have to land in Warsaw to be in its most populated city; Warsaw has just over 1.7 million people.



The capital of Belgium, Antwerp, also doubles as its largest city, with just under half a million people.



One of the most populous countries in the world, Indonesia's most populated city is its capital, Jakarta, which has over 9.6 million people.



Although the capital of Singapore is Singapore, it is not its largest city. Tampines is the most populated city in Singapore with slightly over 261,000 people.



Budapest is the largest city in Hungary with around 1.7 million people living in this capital city.



In the capital city of Thailand, you'll find its largest population with over 8.2 million people.



Casablanca isn't just the name of a popular film. Casablanca is the most populated city in Morocco with over 3.3 million people.



One of the most populated cities in the world, Moscow is the most populated city in Russia; the city has just over 11.9 million people.


Sao Paulo

One might be fooled into thinking that Rio de Janeiro is the most populated city in Brazil, but they'd be wrong! Sao Paolo is the most populated city in this South American country, with just over 12 million people.



Don't let the capital cities confuse you! While Bern is the capital city, Zurich is the most populous city in Switzerland with just under 400K residents.



A densely populated city, Tokyo is both the capital and largest city in Japan, with just over 9.2 million people.



If you're looking for the most populated city in Italy, it wouldn't be Milan or Venice! Rome, its capital, is the largest city with over 2.8 million people.


Mexico City

South of the Rio Grande, the largest city in Mexico is its capital, Mexico City, which has a population of over 8.8 million.



A country found in Southeast Asia, South Korea's largest city is its capital, Seoul, which has just under 10 million people.



The most populous city in the European country of Austria is Vienna. Its capital has just over 1.7 million people.



If you're headed to the U.K., you might stop in England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland. If you want to stop in the largest city, you'll have to stop in London, England, which has over 8.7 million people.



Paris is seen as the 'hub' of France, so it would only make sense that it is the most populated city in the country; Paris has over 2.2 million people.



If you're headed over to Ireland, you might find yourself stopping in its capital, Dublin, which also has its largest population of just over 1 million.



Germany's largest city is its capital, Berlin, which has just over 3.4 million residents.



If you're traveling to the land down under, you'll find that its capital and largest city is Sydney, which has over 4 million people.


New Delhi

The most populated city in the Asian country of India is its capital, New Delhi, which as one of the largest cities in the world, has over 21.7 million people.



Kiev is the most populated city in Ukraine with just over 2.8 million residents.



Madrid is the capital city and most populated city in Spain, with just over 3.1 million people.



In the Eurasian country of Turkey, one might travel to its largest city, Istanbul. With many landmarks like the Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar, the city has over 14.8 million people.



Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark. It is also the most populated city with around 593K residents.



Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal. Also having the largest population, the city has just over half a million residents.


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