Can You Match the City to the Correct Country?


By: Jonnathan Chadwick

6 Min Quiz

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The world's most popular cities are ranked every which way every year. We have rankings for the best cities to live in. We know the worst cities for healthcare and the best cities for commuting. We know the smartest cities and the strictest cities. We know the happiest cities, the saddest cities, the most fun cities, the most boring cities, the holiest cities, the most dangerous cities, the richest cities and the poorest. We know what city has the tallest building and what city has the most skyscrapers. We know what cities to visit in winter and what cities to visit in summer. We know a lot about a lot of cities, but we rarely know how to locate them on a map.

Paris, New York City, Moscow, Tokyo, Sydney and Rome are some of the most famous cities in the world, and everybody has heard of them. But when asked to locate them on a blank map, very few can do so. The cities, in many cases, are more popular than the countries they reside in. Most people know the Louvre is in Paris and the Colosseum is in Rome. The Big Apple is another name for NYC, the Red Square is famous in Moscow and that famous opera house sits in Sydney, but can you match the city to the country? Put your world knowledge to the test and match the city to the correct country.

London and New York City are recognized as the two most integrated cities in the world. Where is London?

London was settled about 1,600 years before New York City and was the most populous city in the world between 1830 and 1925. Today, New York City is the financial capital of the world, but London previously held the title.


Cairo is one of the oldest cities in the world and the largest in the Arab world. What's the country?

Egypt is home to the Nile River and some of the oldest landmarks in the world. The Great Pyramid of Giza dates all the way back to 2500 BC, and the place where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God, Mount Sinai, dates back to Biblical times.


"The Floating City" consists of more than 100 islands connected by bridges. Where is Venice?

Venice has been called the most beautiful city built by man and is one of the world's most popular tourist attractions. Its 118 islands sit in the Venetian Lagoon. The city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.


Moscow is both the capital and most populous city in what country?

Moscow is home to more than 11 million people and is one of the most populous cities in all of Europe. It's home to the Red Square, where you'll find St. Basil's Cathedral and the medieval fortress known as the Kremlin.


More than 2 million people party in the streets of Rio de Janeiro to celebrate Carnival every year. Where is Rio?

Rio de Janeiro's Carnival celebration is one of the biggest parties on the planet. More than 2 million people flood the city for a week's worth of festivities. Rio is also known for its beautiful beaches.


Tokyo is considered the most populous metro area in the world. Do you know the country?

Close to 38 million residents live within the Tokyo metro area. The largest single city in the world is Chongqing, China, with more than 30 million residents. The largest single urban city is Shanghai, China, with more than 24 million residents.


Mecca is the holiest city in Islam. Do you know where it's located?

Close to 2 million people make the religious pilgrimage to Mecca each year and visit the Kaaba. Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the city. All Muslims everywhere in the world face Mecca during prayer.


Toronto is home to the NBA's Raptors and MLB's Blue Jays. Where is Toronto?

Toronto is home to almost 3 million people, but it isn't the capital of Canada. The country's capital is Ottawa. Toronto is home to the CN Tower and Yonge-Dundas Square, which is the equivalent of NYC's Times Square or Tokyo's Shibuya Crossing.


Where is Monaco?

There are three fully autonomous city-states in the world, and Monaco is one of them. The country is just a tad bigger than Vatican City but has about 30 times the amount of residents. It's considered the wealthiest place on the planet. Monaco City and Monte Carlo are districts within Monaco; they're not cities.


It's only fitting the home of Mozart is also the home of the largest music festival in the world. Where is Vienna?

Mozart was born in Salzburg in 1756 and died in Vienna in 1791. Vienna's Donauinselfest is also known as Danube Island Festival, and more than 3 million people flock to the festival each year, making it the largest in the world.


"The City of Lights" holds some of the world's most famous landmarks. Where is Paris?

Cathedral Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre all sit inside Paris, making it one of the most-visited cities in the world. Almost 18 million overnight tourists visited Paris in 2018. Only Bangkok saw more tourists the same year.


Table Mountain in Johannesburg is one of the world's most famous. Do you know where Johannesburg is?

Johannesburg is commonly shortened to Jozi or Joburg and is the most populous city in South Africa, with more than 5.6 million citizens. It's known for its history of apartheid and was the home of Nelson Mandela.


The Szechenyi Chain Bridge connects Buda and Pest. Where is Budapest?

The eastern half of Budapest is known as Pest and the western half is known as Buda. The Danube River splits the city in half, and the largest building in the country, the Hungarian Parliament Building, sits along the river.


More than 70,000 people visit the temporary Black Rock City to celebrate Burning Man every year. Where is Black Rock City?

Black Rock City is a temporary city located in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. The first Burning Man celebrations were held in San Francisco before moving to Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The festival has been in Nevada since 1990.


Jerusalem is the holiest city in Judaism and Christianity. Where is it located?

Israel is one of the holiest countries on Earth and it holds religious significance in Islam, Christianity and Judaism. The Foundation Stone, Dome of the Rock and Temple Mount all sit within Jerusalem.


Buenos Aires is the most populous and capital city of what South American country?

Buenos Aires was founded in 1536 and then founded again in 1580. Its population sits at about 3 million people, but once you include the surrounding districts, it becomes one of the most populous metros in the Americas, with more than 15 million residents.


Everybody knows Las Vegas is nicknamed Sin City. But there was a time when Sydney was nicknamed Sin City. Where is Sydney?

Sydney is Australia's most populous city, with more than 4.5 million residents. It isn't the capital of the country because officials couldn't agree on whether Sydney or Melbourne should be the capital. They ultimately chose a capital city halfway between the two.


Thousands of people run with the bulls in Pamplona every year. Do you know where that is?

Europe has no shortage of unique festivals, and Spain is home to some of the more famous ones. The San Fermin Festival takes place over a week in Pamplona. About 1 million people attend, but just thousands are brave enough to participate.


Where is Vatican City?

Vatican City is one of the three fully autonomous city-states. It's its own city, state and country. Just about 1,000 people live in the city, but tens of thousands visit it every day. It's home to St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and more. Vatican City is the official residence of the pope.


Athens is known as the birthplace of democracy. Where is it?

Athens might possibly date all the way back to the 11th millennium BC, making it one of the world's oldest cities. Its recorded history dates back to the 2nd millennium BC, and it's known as the birthplace of democracy.


The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur are the tallest twin towers in the world. Do you know where Kuala Lumpur is?

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and is one of the most visited cities in the world. Almost 14 million people visited the city in 2018, which is more than New York City. The city is home to the tallest twin towers in the world.


"The City of a Hundred Spires" is filled with colorful buildings and exceptional architecture. Where is Prague?

Prague's colorful roofs and diverse architecture makes it one of Europe's most beautiful cities. It's home to one of the oldest astronomical clocks in the world as well as the Klementium, which is considered by many to be the most beautiful library in the world.


Hong Kong has more skyscrapers than any other city in the world. Do you know where it's located?

Although Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau have their own currency and government, they are not fully autonomous nations. They are all part of China. Hong Kong is home to 355 skyscrapers and more than 7 million people.


Thousands of people take part in Chang Mai's Lantern Festival each year. Where is Chang Mai?

Chang Mai is in the mountains of northern Thailand and is the biggest city in northern Thailand. Bangkok's population is about 14 million, and Chang Mai's population is about 130,000. Chang Mai is also a popular place to celebrate Songkran.


Brussels is known for its mussels and fries. Do you know where it's located?

Foodies around the world know Belgium because of its chocolate, waffles and beer. One of the country's most popular dishes is moules-frites, which is mussels and french fries. The center of Brussels is the Grand Palace Square.


Istanbul is one of the most populous cities in the world, with more than 15 million residents. Can you name its country?

Turkey sits in both Europe and Asia. Istanbul is technically the most populous city in all of Europe and the fourth most populous city in Asia. It's the fourth most populous city in the entire world and dates back to the sixth millennium BC.


Amsterdam is known around the world for its bicycles, cafes and canals. Where is Amsterdam located?

Amsterdam is one of the most bicycle-friendly countries in the world. There are close to 1 million bicycles in the city, which is about four times the amount of cars. Cyclists in Amsterdam log more than 1 million miles per year.


With more than 20 millions residents, Mumbai isn't even the most populous city in what jam-packed country?

Delhi is the capital of India, and more than 16 million people live in the area. There is a good chance Delhi will become the most populous city in the world within the decade. India is on pace to outgrow China and become the most populous country in the world within a few years.


Where is Singapore?

Singapore is the only fully autonomous city-state that also happens to be an island. It's a city, state, country and island and is home to more than 5.5 million people. It's one of the richest and wealthiest countries in the world.


About 6 million people visit Munich to celebrate Oktoberfest every year. Where is Munich?

Oktoberfest is celebrated all over Germany, but Munich is the epicenter of the festival. The festival lasts for more than two weeks as participants consume nearly 2 million gallons of the finest German brews.


Dubai is home to the tallest building in the world. Where is Dubai?

More than 3 million people live in Dubai and it's the most populous city in the UAE. It's home to the tallest building in the world and the largest shopping mall in the world. It has quickly become one of the richest cities in the world.


Students all across the country flock to Cancun for spring break every year. Do you know where Cancun is?

Cancun is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Mexico because of its Spring Break allure to students across the country. The vacation city sits on the Yucatan Peninsula and is home to about 750,000 people.


Incheon International Airport in Seoul has a golf course, a spa, an ice rink and a casino. Do you know where it's located?

The most important thing travelers care about when traveling is wait times, and Incheon International Airport regularly clocks the quickest wait times of any airport in the world. It's frequently ranked as one of the world's best airports.


It's tough to sleep when the sun is shining at midnight in Reykjavik. Where is the city?

Everyone who lives in Iceland knows to invest in heavy window blinds to keep the sun out on summer nights. In mid-June, the sun won't set until after midnight and can be seen 24 hours a day in some locations.


Timbuktu is a synonym for the middle of nowhere, but it's a real place. Where is it?

Timbuktu was once part of the Mali Empire ruled by Mansa Musa. Legend says Mansa Musa was the richest man who ever lived and had a net worth surpassing $400 billion. Today, the city is a synonym for the middle of nowhere.


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