Top 10 Cities Around the World That Should Be the Capital of Their Country

The Top Ten
1 New York City, United States The City of New York, often called New York City or simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States. New York City is also the most densely populated major city in the United States.

New York should not be the US capital. The District of Columbia was created to keep the capital more centrally located and separate from a major city like NY, Philadelphia, or Boston. NY being the capital would put it at risk for more terrorist attacks, protests, and political disputes that come with being a capital city. New York is the greatest city in the world and shouldn't be plagued by politics.

It's the largest city in the country.

2 Toronto, Canada Toronto is the most populous city in Canada, the provincial capital of Ontario, and the centre of the Greater Toronto Area, the most populous metropolitan area in Canada. Toronto is an international centre of business, finance, arts, and culture, and is recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

Toronto is the economic and cultural capital of Canada, so naturally it deserves to be the political capital as well.

Many people even think Toronto is the capital. But it's Ottawa.

Ottawa is the capital for being in between Quebec and Ontario.

3 Frankfurt, Germany

Berlin is better, and the government seat should stay in Berlin.

4 Istanbul, Turkey Istanbul, formerly known as Byzantium and Constantinople, is the most populous city in Turkey and the country's economic, cultural and historic center. The city straddles the Bosphorus strait, and lies in both Europe and Asia, with a population of over 15 million residents, comprising 19% of the population of Turkey. Istanbul is the most populous city in Europe, and the world's fifteenth-largest city.
5 Milan, Italy Milan, located in northern Italy, is a global fashion and design capital. The city's stunning Gothic cathedral, the Duomo, is a masterpiece of architecture. Milan is also home to world-renowned artworks like Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper." The Teatro alla Scala is one of the most famous opera houses worldwide. The city's high-end shopping district and the Brera district's art galleries reflect... read more

This sounds like a good idea. It makes way more sense than Rome. Milan is the economic city of Italy, which makes it one of the richest cities in Italy. With its urban area, Milan has three times the number of inhabitants of Rome's urban area. Besides, Milan is known for being a lot safer than Rome. I could make a very long list of why Milan should be the capital, but these are my main reasons.

No, Rome was once the capital of the world and is one of the most historically significant cities in the world. Also, Italy is not that old of a country, and there are many differences between the north and the south. Rome is in a great central location that connects the two parts of the country.

No, Rome makes perfect sense as the capital of Italy, considering its history.

6 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rio de Janeiro, or simply Rio, is anchor to the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area and the second-most populous municipality in Brazil and the sixth-most populous in the Americas.
7 Sydney, Australia Sydney, a vibrant city on Australia's southeastern coast, is known for its iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. The city's bustling waterfront offers activities like sailing and dining with harbor views. Bondi Beach is famous for its surf culture, while the Royal Botanic Garden provides a peaceful escape in the heart of the city. Sydney's diverse neighborhoods, such as The Rocks and Darlinghurst, showcase its multicultural identity.
8 Nottingham, United Kingdom

No, London is fine.

9 Seattle, United States Seattle is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States. It is the seat of King County, Washington.
10 Hamburg, Germany

Berlin is better.

The Contenders
11 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates. Established in the 18th century as a small fishing village, the city grew rapidly in the early 21st century into a cosmopolitan metropolis with a focus on tourism and hospitality. Dubai is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations with the second most five-star hotels in the world, and the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. more.
12 Bergen, Norway Bergen, a city on Norway’s southwestern coast, is surrounded by mountains and fjords, including Sognefjord, the country’s longest and deepest. The historic Bryggen area, with colorful wooden houses, reflects the city’s Hanseatic heritage. It's also known for the Bergenhus Fortress and the Fløibanen Funicular, which climbs Mount Fløyen. Bergen is a gateway to Norway’s fjords and is known... read more
13 Abidjan, Ivory Coast
14 Barcelona, Spain Barcelona is a city in Spain. It is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Catalonia, as well as the second most populous municipality of Spain.

If Catalonia gets its freedom, then Barcelona will almost certainly become the capital (of Catalonia), meaning that the capital of Spain would have to switch back to Madrid, so it's better just sticking as Madrid.

15 Auckland, New Zealand

As a resident of this city, I am not sure it needs to be the capital of New Zealand.

16 Montreal, Canada Montreal is the most populous municipality in the Canadian province of Quebec and the second-most populous municipality in Canada. Originally called Ville-Marie, it is named after Mount Royal, the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city. The city is centred on the Island of Montreal, which took its name from the same source as the city, and a few much smaller peripheral islands, the largest of... read more

Considering how important it is in the world, how many tourists it gets, how historic it is, how much impact it has on Canada, and how superior it is to Ottawa, it is easily worthy of being the Canadian capital.

Mega-important metropolitan Canadian city.

This city needs a lot more recognition. It's a very important city around the world, yet it remains somewhat unknown.

17 Munich, Germany The capital city of the German state of Bavaria, Munich is known for its art, architecture, and the annual Oktoberfest beer festival. The city is an economic powerhouse, hosting the headquarters of several multinational corporations. Cultural landmarks include the Marienplatz and the National Museum.
18 Sao Paulo, Brazil
19 Mumbai, India Mumbai is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. Mumbai lies on the Konkan coast on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour. In 2008, Mumbai was named an alpha world city. It has the highest number of millionaires and billionaires among all cities in India. Mumbai is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Elephanta Caves, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, and the city's distinctive ensemble of Victorian and Art Deco buildings.

No, Delhi is better.

20 Shanghai, China Shanghai is one of the four municipalities under the direct administration of the central government of the People's Republic of China, the largest city in China by population, and the second most populous city proper in the world, with a population of 24.28 million as of 2019, it is the most populous urban area in China and the most populous city proper in the world. Shanghai is a global center for finance, research, technology, manufacturing, and transportation, and the Port of Shanghai is the world's busiest container port. more.
21 Karachi, Pakistan
22 Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
23 Glasgow, Scotland Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, is renowned for its industrial heritage and vibrant cultural scene. The city is home to impressive Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture, as well as modern landmarks like the Riverside Museum. Glasgow's music and arts scene thrives in venues like the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the Gallery of Modern Art. The University of Glasgow, founded in 1451, adds to the city's academic legacy.
24 Zurich, Switzerland Zurich, located in Switzerland, is a global financial hub nestled around Lake Zurich and surrounded by the Alps. The city's historic center boasts medieval architecture, including the Grossmünster church and the Fraumünster church with stained glass windows by Marc Chagall. Zurich's cultural scene includes world-class museums, theaters, and galleries. The picturesque Old Town and the beautiful lakefront contribute to its charm.
25 Naples, Italy A coastal city in southern Italy, Naples is the capital of the Campania region. Renowned for its rich history and cultural landmarks, the city is the birthplace of the Neapolitan pizza. Its historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it serves as a gateway to the Amalfi Coast and the island of Capri.
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