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Quiz: How well do you know the world's 'second cities'?

Go beyond capitals and the world’s biggest cities, and test your travel knowledge with this quiz about the second cities of Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and beyond…

Georgia's second city (Shutterstock)

Our capital cities quizzes – parts one, two, three and four – went down a storm, and often, a country’s largest city (even if its not officially the capital) tends to get a lot of love.

Now it’s time to shine the spotlight on the world’s second cities. They’re often just as beautiful, interesting and worthy of a visit as their counterparts, and they make for quite a challenging quiz, too…

P.S. When we're referring to a second city, we're usually talking about the second largest city by population. Sometimes, we refer to another city, one that's often touted as a second city, or is simply a large city in that country. We'll make this clear in the question. Remember: this quiz is just for fun...

1. Can you identify this Colombian city from just one photo?

Medellín

Cartagena

Guatapé

Cali

2. The city often called Scotland's 'second city' has a bigger population than the capital, Edinburgh. Do you know its name?

Aberdeen

Inverness

Glasgow

Stirling

3. Serbia’s second city, Novi Sad, currently holds which prestigious title...

2020 European Capital of Sport

2021 European Capital of Culture

2022 Balkan City of Nature

2023 European Capital of Culture

4. Japan’s second-biggest city by population may come as a surprise. Do you know what it is?

Kyoto

Sapporo

Osaka

Yokohama

5. As may Argentina’s second biggest city (by population). Any guesses?

Córdoba

Mendoza

Rosario

Ushuaia

6. Here's a tricky one. Can you tell if this is a photo of Kutaisi, often considered Georgia's second city?

Yes, it is

No, it's a photo of Batumi

No, it's a photo of Gori

Honestly, no idea!

7. The locals in England's second largest city are given which affectionate nickname?

Geordies

Brummies

Scousers

Mancunians

8. Spain’s second largest city is often mistaken for its capital. Which of these is it?

Seville

Valencia

Madrid

Barcelona

9. The Second City is a comedy troupe founded in a large US city – but not the country's second largest. Where was it founded?

Los Angeles, California

Houston, Texas

Chicago, Illinois

Jacksonville, Florida

10. In which part of Morocco would you find its second city, Fes?

North-east

North-west

South-east

South-west

11. Australia has an unexpected capital, but its largest city by population comes as no shock. Now, can you tell us its second largest?

Sydney

Melbourne

Canberra

Brisbane

12. We think of vast, empty steppes in Kyrgyzstan, but its second city has a population over 200,000! Name that city.

Osh

Karakol

Bishkek

Tokmok

13. Nairobi is Kenya’s capital and has its biggest population. Which city comes in second?

Kisumu

Mombasa

Nakuru

Malindi

14. Poland has several large cities with similar populations. This one is home to a textiles museum, in a nod to its past. It's called...

Kraków

Warsaw

Gdańsk

Łódź

15. Interesting fact: Myanmar’s capital is its third-largest city by population. What is the second?

Mandalay

Naypyitaw

Yangon

Mawlamyine

16. In which large Nicaraguan city would you find the Cathedral-Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary?

Masaya

Granada

León

Managua

17. Last but not least: Greenland! How many people (roughly) do you think live in its second city, Sisimiut?

3,000

5,500

8,000

10,500

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