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Old 05-08-2018, 12:26 PM
 
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Can anyone tell me if I'm missing any?

America, Canada, Brazil, China, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, India, Vietnam, South Africa, U.A.E, Israel(Depending on your view point)

Honorable mention. Germany (Berlin is the largest city but not the largest metro area)
Ecuador as Quito the capital is smaller than Guayaquil which is the commercial/business center of the country.
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Old 05-08-2018, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I think it is more common than not, except in very small countries.

Capital cities are often intentionally designated away from the largest city, typically the primary economic center, in order to remove or reduce the influence of that city's chiefs on the broader needs of the country as a whole.

You can see this in most of the sub-national capitals in the US states, as well.
In Australia all of the state capitals are the biggest cities of their respective states. Usually by a very wide margin.


Of Canada's 10 provinces, 5 have the largest city as the capital, and 5 don't.
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Old 05-08-2018, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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I know there are some cases where the capital used to be the largest city, but then they built a new city to be the capital. Thus, Belize City used to be the capital of Belize until they built Belmopan. I'm pretty sure that Lagos used to be the capital of Nigeria before Abuja. I also think the same thing happened with Brasilia (Brazil), though I don't know what was the capital before then.
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Old 05-08-2018, 09:53 PM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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In the US, Washington DC isn't even in the top 20 largest cities.
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Old 05-09-2018, 04:01 AM
 
Location: World
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Metropolitan area, which comprises of suburbs also, will give a better idea of population of Capital City.
Although Scotland is not a country by UN definition, Glasgow is a bigger city then its capital Edinburgh.
Countries like India, Pakistan used to have their capital in biggest cities of those days- Calcutta and Karachi. Shifting to Delhi and Islamabad happened later on.
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Old 05-09-2018, 11:53 AM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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Metropolitan area, which comprises of suburbs also, will give a better idea of population of Capital City.
Only on these forums LOL
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Old 05-09-2018, 08:00 PM
 
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Malaysia is an interesting case. Technically speaking, the seat of government is in Putrajaya, while the parliament remains in KL.
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Old 05-10-2018, 09:29 AM
 
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Beijing and Shanghai are about the same size, in terms of urban area or urban population.
(Although in the 1940s the size of Beijing was much smaller.)
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Old 05-10-2018, 01:29 PM
 
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In the US, Washington DC isn't even in the top 20 largest cities.
In terms of metro area it's top 10.
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Old 05-10-2018, 01:54 PM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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In terms of metro area it's top 10.
No where but on these forums is the definition of a city debatable.
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