European Citites Without U.S. Namesakes

Well, that was quick.

The largest European city without a U.S. namesake seems to be Istanbul, population 9 million and change. (There’s not even a Constantinople, though there are a couple of Constantines.)

The largest European capital without a U.S. namesake is Bucharest, population about 2 million, assuming that Kief, North Dakota covers Kiev (or Kyyev, as it’s now apparently spelled).

The most famous European city without a U.S. namesake is Pisa, especially if we assume that the many “Frankforts” stand in for Frankfurt.

A reader supplies a complete list:


Andorra la Vella, Bratislava, Bucharest, Chisinau, Helsinki, Ljubljana, Luxembourg, Minsk, Nicosia, Podgorica, Reykjavik, Sarajevo, Skopje, Tallinn, Tirana, Vaduz, Valletta, Vilnius, and Zagreb

Other cities: Arhus, Graz, Tampere, Mannheim, Duesseldorf, Espoo, Dortmund, Wuppertal, Duisburg, Bielefeld, Leipzig, Linz, Gothenborg, Bochum, Nantes, Bologna, Kirklees, Bilba, Rennes, Wolverhampton, Basel.

I note with regret that there’s also no Konigsberg (famous for Kant and the Seven Bridges) in the U.S.

I note with even greater regret that there’s no longer a Konigsberg in Europe, either.

My original post failed to ask contestants to indicate whether they wanted to be identified. I’ve taken the safer course, but if you want to claim the honor you deserve, please let me know.

Thanks to all.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: