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We all know , megacities are cities with more than 8 million inhabitans (UN definition) ,there are also alot of megacities ! but for me a megacity is more a.) urbainaty flair (culture ,cinemas , restauranst ,etc..) b.) finance (stock markets , finance jonglours) b.) headquarters ( Daimler benz,Deutsche bank, merril lynch etc... ) d) a good infrastructure (streets, highways , underground and an airport) so for me real megacities are Sao Paulo , NYC ,Tokyo ,London,paris,LA Tokyo,Shanghai Chicago ,Toronto,milano and Osaka
 

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Does Toronto have more than 8 million inhabitants? I am not disagreeing, but it may not fit the dictionary definition.
7.4 million, 9 if you count the area spread into the US. Milan and Osaka, also mentioned there, have less then 8 million.

Anyway, Klas i think what you must be thinking of is a Global City

I think a "megacity" is either considered just a huge city with an excess of 10 million people, or multiple cities merged into one.
 

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Megacities are urban areas >10mio pop. What you mean are GLOBAL cities. That's another thing. And this list we all know (Tornto is on the same level as Zurich, SF and Sydney) :)

A. ALPHA WORLD CITIES
12: London, Paris, New York, Tokyo
10: Chicago, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Milan, Singapore
B. BETA WORLD CITIES
9: San Francisco, Sydney, Toronto, Zurich
8: Brussels, Madrid, Mexico City, Sao Paulo
7: Moscow, Seoul
C. GAMMA WORLD CITIES
6: Amsterdam, Boston, Caracas, Dallas, Dusseldorf, Geneva, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Melbourne, Osaka, Prague, Santiago, Taipei, Washington
5: Bangkok, Beijing, Montreal, Rome, Stockholm, Warsaw
4: Atlanta, Barcelona, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Budapest, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Miami, Minneapolis, Munich, Shanghai
 
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