How representative is your capital city of the rest of your country?

In terms of demography, social attitudes, ethnicity, education etc?
How representative is your capital city of the rest of your country?


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  • Not very representative
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  • London is not remotely representative of either England or the UK

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  • It's hard to say since the U. S. is so huge. Generally speaking though, cities here tend to be one way and rural areas are totally different. I grew up and currently live in a rural small town. D. C. is not remotely similar to the demographics of those who live in my town or other towns in rural America. I do think it is similar/representative of other cities I've visited though (and the city I briefly lived in).

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  • Let's put it this way: the sort of second mayor of Amsterdam said he is for a Republic of Amsterdam if the rest of the country votes for Wilders. Additionally, it's statistically proven that the further away you get from Amsterdam, the less left-wing people vote. Politically it's completely different from the rest of the country, except for the Randstad (major area in North and South Holland).

    In terms of ethnicity, over 50% of Amsterdam is allochtoon. It's a word we use to name someone whose ethnicity is from elsewhere outside of the Netherlands, but even multiple generations away. The percentage in the totality of the nation is about 20-25%.

    Politics are not centered in Amsterdam. However, most of the politicians are from the Randstad (=Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, The Hague).

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      Additional outroar: the new mayor of Amsterdam basically said they would sort of ignore law made by the national parliament, which the parliament generally found outrageous. They thought Amsterdam can't just pick laws to enforce and ignore others

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      Took me a few minutes to think of another. Most people don't know what country it's even in.

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      @ericclayton No, you're right.

  • Washington DC doesn't represent much of America. IN many ways it is like a lot of inner cities, but has no representation of rural culture or ideology. It votes like 97% Democrat as opposed to more even split in the rest of the country (although the majority of Americans are political independents). Ethnicity, it really depends where you are, I guess you could call it somewhat diverse.

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What Girls Said 6

  • No, but then again nothing could really encompass everything Australian given we’ve got desert, rainforests and coastal climates/lifestyles

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      fucked government 35 years , wonder why middle class shrunk since Hawke

  • Considering that Russia is very big, i don’t think Moscow is exactly a good example of what the rest of the country is like.
    But it is a good represantion of major cities like St. Petersburg

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  • I'm not sure about other aspects since we're undergoing some major changes last year politically.

    But education has been quite a joke for the past decade.

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  • Cities in America seem to have people with not so much money people live in the suburbs The majority of them seems to be well off.

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  • I think Ottawa has a good mix of cultures, ages and infrastructure. It's a smaller city that is more spread out, so you get sort of a half and half between city living and country living

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  • D. C. doesn’t representative The US.

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What Guys Said 24

  • Washington DC is not very representative of the US at all but then it never really was supposed to be.

    in terms of racial demographics it is not similar to the rest of the country
    in terms of income it is not similar
    in terms of politics not especially similar either

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  • Very hard to say. Almost half the population lives here, the prices are higher but there's more job opportunities. In many fields, Riga is about the only city that offers jobs there.
    Although I can't compare with much, Riga is a fairly clean city. Oddly enough, the rest are even cleaner.

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  • Hard to say. DC isn't very representative of any place in the US I've ever lived, but I've also never lived in a big city.

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  • In Washington DC, it's all wealthy to rich people, screaming at each other all day and getting nothing done. Around the nation, it's all middle-class or poor, working our asses off just to get by - we don't have time to "get nothing done".

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  • Brussels is the capital of Belgium. In the past it was 50% dutch speaking 50% French speaking but nowadays its over 90% French. Demographically over 50% of people living there are not from European background. It does not represent the rest of the country which is split in half under Flanders, and Wallonia.

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  • It really depends on how you would consider Ottawa as representative. It was initially chosen as the capital city of the Dominion of Canada because it borders Francophone Canada and Anglophone Canada so in that example it would be representative of the country's history between French and British Canadians.

    As for democracy it's fairly representative since we usually have 3 parties or more in Parliament but aside from cultural history it's really hard to say

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  • Vaguely. Stockholm has is everything from ghettos (förorten) to the rich parts (östermalm). But the entire city is lefty, uppity moral high ground fucks.

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  • I'm not sure, the U. S is too massive.
    There are some things that are part of a common culture, the Anti authoritarianism for example but there is also regional cultures that are part of it

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  • It's not representive at all. The people who live in DC, like politicians, don't at all represent us or our interests.

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  • So so.

    Similar to the way it often works with state capitals in the US, Ottawa is not one of the biggest cities in Canada. It’s sort of a small city but more cosmopolitan than most thanks to federal government. It’s more bilingual and al focused on tech/government vs most of country.

    I’d agree with those who note the rural city divide is often bigger.

    I honestly wonder if the nation state is going to stick long term. City states and leagues of city states plus the odd empire have dominated mkre of history.

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  • DC is predominately black, has a an extremely high crime rate (even by American standards), and is stricken with poverty.

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  • The capital city is the whole country lol. I moved to Singapore 3 years ago

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  • Not even close... And we're a fairly small country...

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  • Not really. That's why some people have a term "Imperial Manila". So much neglecting down the south.

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  • We have one of the best highschool in the world, but not much for college education.

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  • Capitals are cities, the rest of the country is often agricultural. That makes a difference in any country.

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  • In the us, the Capital it quite different from most of the country in many ways

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  • I think my state is more cosmopolitan regarding race and politics than most other states

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  • Nobody lives in the capital. It's just shops and offices, plus a few houses owned by Arabs who don't live in the country.

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  • London celebrates diversity. People from all around the world live/visit there

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  • Somewhat

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  • not very representing

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  • Everything's in the capital.

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  • Melbourne democratic socialist state fk a decade

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