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Cities around the world

How many cities are on Earth?

At the turn of the century in 2000, there were 371 cities with 1 million inhabitants or more worldwide. By 2018, the number of cities with at least 1 million inhabitants had grown to 548.

We are working hard to provide relevant and up to date safety information for all the cities across the world.

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  • Edinburgh Castle with bird flying


    Edinburgh is Scotland’s compact, hilly capital. Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny. Arthur’s Seat is an imposing peak in Holyrood Park with sweeping views, and Calton Hill is topped with monuments and memorials.

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  • People looking at a sculpture


    Located on Lake Michigan in Illinois, Chicago is among the largest cities in the United States. The city is renowned for it’s museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago.

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  • San Francisco bridge in the sunset

    San Francisco

    San Francisco, often abbreviated as San Fran, SF, Frisco or The City is the cultural, financial and commercial centre of Northern California.

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  • Calm waters with houses around


    Adelaide is South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital. Its ring of parkland on the River Torrens is home to the city’s Adelaide Festival is an annual international arts gathering with spin-offs including fringe and film events.

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  • People walking over a bridge


    Perth is the capitol of Western Australia and sits where the Swan River meet the southwest coast. Perth boasts some beautiful sandy beaches and lovely riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

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  • Neon sign


    Portland, Oregon’s largest city is situated in the shadow of the snow-capped Mount Hood. Portland is home to the largest authentic Japanese Garden outside of Japan.

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  • Boats sailing down the river


    Brisbane is Australia’s third largest city and the capital of Queensland. The large city is located on the Brisbane River.

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  • Beige cityscape


    The port city of Valencia lies on the southeastern coast of Spain, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. Valencia is best known for great beaches and its fantastic City of Arts and Sciences.

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  • Busy street in Madrid


    Madrid is Spain’s central capital city. Elegant boulevards and expansive manicured parks such as the Buen Retiro are just a sample of what the city has to offer. 

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  • Birdseye view of Barcelona cityscape


    Best known for its art and architecture, Barcelona is the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region. The incredible Sagrada Família church and other landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí.

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  • Hollywood Hills with the sign

    Los Angeles

    Los Angeles is a sprawling city situated in Southern California. The city is best known for its iconic Hollywood sign and celebrity status. Here you can enjoy everything from parties on the Sunset Strip to relaxing afternoons on Malibu Beach.

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  • New York behind a bridge sunset

    New York

    New York City comprises 5 boroughs where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean. At the heart of it all is Manhattan, a densely populated borough, which is among the world’s most commercial, financial and cultural areas.

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  • People standing outside the train station


    Melbourne is the coastal capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria. The Melbourne Arts Precinct is the site of Arts Centre Melbourne.

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  • Sunny day in Sydney


    Sydney, capital of New South Wales and one of Australia’s largest cities, is best known for its harbour front Sydney Opera House, with a distinctive sail-like design.

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  • Train going through Manchester


    Manchester is a major city in the northwest of England with a rich industrial heritage. The Castlefield conservation area’s 18th-century canal system recalls the city’s days as a textile powerhouse.

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  • Boats docked on River Ouse in York


    York is a walled city in northeast England. A popular attraction is York Minster. The City Walls form a walkway on both sides of the River Ouse and offers stunning views across the city.

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  • Looking down on Tower Bridge


    London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations.

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For more country specific travel & safety information, please visit the Travel Aware website by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.