Capital Cites that are Not the Largest City in Their Country


The Top Ten

1 Canberra (Australia) Canberra (Australia)

Sounds like cranberry

Sydney? - Ned964

2 Brasilia (Brazil)

Ah, the Carnival City, Rio. - Ned964

It''s Sao Paulo that's the largest in Brazil and also the largest in South America - HoldenFanatic

3 Beijing (China) Beijing (China)

Shanghai is actually the largest city in China with a population of 23.3M, meanwhile Beijing is 21.5 million. - FJS19

That is a lot of people to jam into any area. And they have at least two cities with at least 20mil+. Interesting, I will have to read up on this - Ned964

4 Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second most populous city of the United Arab Emirates, and also capital of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the largest of the UAE's seven emirates.

At present, I have no idea which city in U.A.E. would have a higher population. But seeing the picture reminds me of a friend that took a trip there, sat down to lunch, and was floored when she and her friend got the tab. It was over $500 (U.S. equivalent) for 2 cheeseburgers, fries and 4 Cokes. She can afford it, but she had to find different places to eat, she said it didn't get a whole lot cheaper. If you plan to visit, it is enormously expensive here. - Ned964

5 Washington DC (USA)

Yep. It's NYC - Ned964

6 Ottawa (Canada) Ottawa (Canada) Ottawa is the capital city of Canada. It stands on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of Southern Ontario.

Toronto is the largest Canadian city (Montreal is 2nd) - Metal_Treasure

Montreal? Or Toronto? - Ned964

7 New Delhi (India) New Delhi (India) New Delhi is the capital and seat of government of India. It is also a municipality and district in Delhi and serves as the seat of Government of Delhi.

Let's see, would that be Mumbai? - Ned964


8 Wellington (New Zealand)

Auckland is actually the largest city in New Zealand. I don't even know the population of either cities and I can't be bothered to look it up so you can do it. - FJS19

9 Bern (Switzerland)

Yes, Zurich is the largest city. - FJS19

10 Ankara (Turkey)

That would be Istanbul I believe - Ned964

The Contenders

11 Pretoria (South Africa)
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