Can You Name the Capitals of the World's Largest Countries?

By: Heather Cahill

Can You Name the Capitals of the World's Largest Countries?
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About This Quiz

Some nations have only one, some have two, and others can have too many to count! When you travel around the world, these may be the places you want to visit, or that are on your bucket list. And it's always good to know a little bit about the countries you are planning to visit. How many cities do you think you can name around the world?

The largest countries in the world are filled with incredible cities bursting with architecture, landmarks and gorgeous cityscapes. Most have a rich history behind them that made them into the cities they are today. Capital cities are often highly administrative and governmental, being the hub for all things politics. If you were to visit only one capital city, which one would you choose? Maybe the capital of Russia, the largest country in the world, or perhaps the capital of Namibia is more of your style.

Countries and their capital cities are very important to the world as a whole. So, if you consider yourself to be a world traveler and think you know all about the largest countries in the world, then you'll have to prove your knowledge. Take the quiz to see if you can score it!

Home to the White House, this city is the capital of the United States. What is it?
Las Vegas
Seattle
Honolulu
Washington D.C.
Washington is a popular name in the United States. It is used for a state, monuments, and of course for the very first president of the United States, George Washington.

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Mali's capital city is what?
Sucre
Addis Ababa
Bamako
Bamako is one of the largest cities in West Africa and lies along the Niger River. Agriculture is one of the largest industries in the country, and with it being so close to the river, fishing is a big part of this.
Caracas

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Australia might not have the capital city you think! Do you know which city is the actual capital?
Cologne
Melbourne
Canberra
Canberra may seem like it would not have been the first choice for a capital city because it may not be considered as well known as other cities in Australia. In fact, it wasn't always the first choice. The famous cities of Melbourne and Sydney were also considered for the prestigious title of capital city.
Sydney

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What is the capital city of India?
New Delhi
New Delhi became the capital city in the 1930s, years after the city was built. There was even a stamp to commemorate the event with the country's emperor, George V.
Fukuoka
Caloocan
Bucharest

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The capital city of Argentina has interesting architecture. What city is it?
Accra
Paris
Fortaleza
Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is actually a shortened name for the city. The true name of the city is Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, which is also shortened with the abbreviation, "CABA."

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The Democratic Republic of Congo's capital city is known for being the largest in the country. What is it?
Brazzaville
Brazzaville is known for many things such as its large arts scene and World War II history. The city was founded in the 1800s and it is located very close to the Congo River.
Tokyo
Seoul
Chengdu

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What is the capital city of Kazakhstan?
Ottawa
Jeddah
Cape Town
Astana
Astana is one of the largest cities in the country, and it also has quite the unique looking skyline. If you're ever in the area, the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation is a must-see that you won't want to miss!

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The capital city of Brazil is part of the administrative region. What city is it?
Brisbane
Astana
Islamabad
Brasilia
Brasilia is a very important city in Brazil. It is one of the most populated cities in the country and it is known for its beautifully designed buildings that line the streets.

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This capital city is in the North in Algeria. Do you know which city it is?
Abidjan
Bangkok
Hanoi
Algiers
One unique feature of the city is the many white buildings that line the streets. They're part of the reason that the city gets its unique nickname, "Algiers the white."

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What is the capital city of Indonesia?
Guatemala City
Nagoya
Jakarta
Jakarta is one of the largest cities in the world, and it's only getting bigger! Did you know that the city is not actually a city? It's a province, but still considered the capital of the country.
Cali

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You'll find the tallest building in the country of Greenland here. Do you know which city it is?
Mumbai
Kolkata
Wuhan
Nuuk
Nuuk is quite scenic as you can see the view of a beautiful mountain in the background of the city. The mountain is known as Sermitsiaq mountain, which is on its own island right near the city.

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A province shares its name with the capital city of Saudi Arabia. Do you know what it is?
Dar es Salaam
Madrid
Riyahd
Riyadh is home to the Al Faisaliyah Center, which is a beautiful and unique looking skyscraper. There are many facilities of worship in the country! Did you know that the city has over 4,000 mosques?
Kiev

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It shares its name with the country of Mexico. Do you know what the capital city is?
Managua
Taipei
Mexico City
Mexico City is an important city in the country of Mexico. Its history has spanned more than 600 years, and since then, the city has flourished. Now, it is home to over 8 million people, up from the 100,000 thousand that lived there upon its discovery.
Tashkent

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What is the capital of Sudan?
Jinan
Ottawa
Nuuk
Khartoum
Khartoum is unique in that the two Nile Rivers connect near the city. The city was founded in 1821 by Muhammad Ali, but we don't mean the boxer! It was actually the King of Egypt's son.

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This Canadian city is known for its many important government buildings. What is the capital of Canada?
Toronto
Ottawa
Ottawa is the capital of Canada and home to the famous Parliament Hill. It is very bilingual with the city being a short drive from Quebec, which speaks mostly French, one of the country's official languages.
Calgary
Vancouver

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What is the capital of Libya?
Toronto
Moscow
Tripoli
Tripoli has been inhabited since the B.C. years and it was once part of Roman territory. There are some beautiful structures in the city including the Corinthia Hotel and Tripoli Cathedral.
Bhopal

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Golestan Palace is in this capital city of Iran. What city is it?
Karaj
Kuala Lumpur
Tehran
One of the best places to visit in Tehran is the Grand Bazaar. It is a huge market where you can buy all kinds of goods, all while enjoying your time out on the town.
Warsaw

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A large percentage of the population of Mongolia resides in the capital city. Which city is it?
Lima
Nouakchott
New York City
Ulaanbaatar
Ulaanbaatar is a very important city to Buddhism. The city was a major player in being a hub for the religion, while today it also boasts many monasteries for practicing the religion.

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South Africa's capital city is what?
Cairo
Abuja
Pretoria
Pretoria is just one of the official capitals of South Africa. There are actually two others in addition, which include Bloemfontein and Cape Town. The more, the merrier, as they say!
Maputo

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Peru's capital city is known to be a desert city. Which of the following is the capital?
Lima
Lima gets its name from people visiting the area who used the word "limaq" for it. Did you know that Lima is known as the "City of Kings?" The flag even has a lot to do with kings as well.
Stockholm
Helsinki
Sydney

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Chad's capital city sits along the edge of the country. Which country is it?
Salzburg
Hamburg
N'Djamena
N'Djamena is home to the Chad National Museum, which still has some artifacts. Unfortunately, a civil war caused the loss of some of the historical items in the museum.
Dubai

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Niger's capital city is what?
Niamey
Niamey has a unique bridge called the "Friendship Bridge." It marks a great relationship between Niger and China due to China's funding of the bridge. China has also funded many other bridges in the country.
Bamako
Ulaanbaatar
Windhoek

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It's a noble and loyal city. Can you name the capital city of Colombia?
Bogota
Bogota is home to the El Dorado Airport, which is named for the famous mythical city. El Dorado is known for its abundance of gold which at one time, made it quite profitable to search for.
Pretoria
Dodoma
Windhoek

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Here you'll find Independence Square. What is the capital city of Mozambique?
Maputo
Maputo was once known by a totally different name. Lourenco Marques was its name from its founding in the 1700s. The real Lourenco Marques was the explorer who came to the area previously.
Prague
Pretoria
Krakow

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It's sometimes called the "City of Humans." Can you name the capital of Ethiopia?
Maputo
Abuja
Sucre
Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa is home to the government of the country. That explains why it is often known as the "Political Capital of Africa!"

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Bolivia is a country that has two capitals! Which of the following is one of them?
Addis Ababa
Cairo
Sucre
Sucre is one of the capitals of Bolivia while La Paz is the other. In Sucre, you can attend a world-renowned university called San Francis Xavier University.
Dodoma

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It's hot in the capital of Mauritania! Do you know what it is?
Lima
Addis Ababa
Nouakchott
Nouakchott is right in the Sahara Desert and along the Atlantic Ocean. After you're done visiting the historic city, Cape Verde is just off the coast of Nouakchott. But who would want to leave the beautiful city when you can visit places like Gallerie Zeinart to visit?
Bamako

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What is the capital city of China?
Baghdad
Casablanca
Munich
Beijing
Beijing is not only China's capital, but it is also one of the largest cities in the world. Over 24 million people live in the city, which is also quite historical. It dates back to 1045 BC, after all.

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This city is quite large. Do you know what the capital of Egypt is?
Cairo
Cairo is known for its beauty and history that dates way back to the BC years. You can even catch a glimpse of the famous Pyramid of Giza from inside the city. It's a view like no other in the world!
Ulaanbaatar
Addis Ababa
Pretoria

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Tanzania's capital city is what?
Dodoma
Dar es Salaam was once the famed capital of Tanzania, but the country decided to change it to Dodoma. One of the most famous sports in the city is football, which you can catch many people enjoying on a beautiful day out!
Maputo
Addis Ababa
Pretoria

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Not technically a city, what is the capital of Nigeria?
Sucre
Taipei
Windhoek
Abuja
Abuja is the place to be if you are in Nigeria and want to get a taste of beautiful architecture. While you're there, Aso Rock is one unique attraction that is sure to amaze you!

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Angola's capital city is what?
Lima
Sucre
Dodoma
Luanda
Luanda is right along the Atlantic Ocean and is the hub of the country. Being along the ocean, it is located in the perfect place to act as a port for boats carrying goods and people to the country.

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Cierro El Avida is very close to this capital. What is Venezuela's capital city?
Cairo
Istanbul
Nice
Caracas
Caracas is the major hub of the country of Venezuela. It's the best place to be in the country for almost any aspect of life. Working, learning and playing in this city is an experience like no other.

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Home to a permanent spring, what is the capital city of Namibia?
Windhoek
Windhoek didn't always go by this name. Natives in the area have different names for it as well such as Ai-Gams. It's also a smaller city population wise, as there are just over 300,000 people who live there.
Brasilia
Nairobi
Bamako

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You might know that the capital city of Russia is home to Saint Basil's Cathedral. What city is it?
Saint Petersburg
Astrakhan
Omsk
Moscow
Moscow is the capital of Russia, and also the place to go if you want to experience the incredible culture of the country. The streets are lined with beautiful buildings, and many areas around the city are blooming with trees and plants.

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