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


By: Allison Lips

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

When we talk about countries, we tend to focus on the largest ones. Most people can name the capitals of the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, and China. However, naming capitals get trickier with the smaller countries because they are not usually given as much publicity. However, the Holy See, which is also known as Vatican City, is the smallest country in the world and gets a significant amount of attention for being the headquarters of the Catholic Church. 

The countries in this quiz  are very small. Their areas range from 4,036 square miles to 0.17 square miles. Their populations make up an even bigger range. Vatican City has the smallest population, whereas other small countries have millions of citizens. 

Can you name the capital of Malta? Have you ever been to the Samoa's capital? Can you point to San Marina on a map, let alone its capital city? If you think you know the answers to this questions, this is the perfect quiz for you. 

Are you up for the challenge of matching small countries to their capital city? Will you need to look at a map to find them? Or will you ace this quiz and impress even a geography expert?

If you're flying into the capital city of Malta, where are you landing?

Calypso Cave may have been referenced in Homer's "The Odyssey." Gozo, which is part of Malta, is believed to be the same place as Ogygia. If this is the case, that means Odysseus was kept as a slave in Calypso Cave for 7 years.


What is the name of the capital city of Maldives?

The Republic of Maldives is located in the Indian Ocean. It is made up of 26 atolls and 1,190 live coral reef and sand islands.


Which city is the capital of Saint Kitts and Nevis?

Saint Kitts and Nevis is also known as the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis. The islands are home to Brimstone Hill Fortress National Fort, which designed for the British military and built by African slaves.


What is the name of the Marshall Islands' Capital?

The Marshall Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean near the equator. The country is part of Micronesia and is an associated state of the United States, which means that the country governs itself. However, the Marshall Islands do receive some assistance from U.S. government agencies.


Which city is the capital of the microstate Liechtenstein?

Switzerland once accidentally invaded Liechtenstein. On March 1, 2007, 170 Swiss Army troops got lost and wandered into Liechtenstein. The troops made it a mile into their neighbor before they realized their navigational mistake and turned around.


San Marino calls which city its capital?

San Marino's history can be traced back to the early 4th century. The Liber Pontificalis, a book featuring the biographies of popes, was published in 755 and mentions the Castellum Sancta Marini.


Which of the following is the capital of Tuvalu?

Tuvalu is located in the Pacific Ocean and was formerly called Ellice Island. While the island uses its own coins, the country uses Australian currency. It's only bank is a joint venture between the government and private enterprise.


While officially Nauru has no capital, what area serves as the countries de facto capital?

Nauru used to be called Pleasant Island. Over 3,000 years ago, Micronesians and Polynesians settled on the island. In 1888, Germany annexed the country, but lost it after World War I.


What is the capital of the European country Monaco?

Monaco is a city-state, which means technically it is its own capital. Monte Carlo, which is sometimes cited as the capital, is an administrative area within Monaco.


If you visit the Holy See, which city would you see the Pope in?

The Holy See is the government of the Catholic Church. It operates from Vatican City, which is a sovereign, independent nation. The Pope rules both.


Which holy figure lent his name to Grenada's capital?

Grenada is divided into 6 parishes. They are Saint Patrick, Saint Mark, Saint John, Saint George, and Saint David.


What city would you be in if you visited the capital of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines?

Most of the inhabitants of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are descendants from African slaves brought to the islands to work on sugar plantations. The country gained independence from the United Kingdom on October 27, 1969.


What is the capital of Rihanna's home country, Barbados?

Since 1639, Barbados' parliament has governed uninterrupted, which makes it the third oldest parliament in the world. It is also the first Caribbean island to have piped water.


Which city is the capital and the largest city in Antigua and Barbuda?

Antigua and Barbuda are two islands that form a country located in the West Indies. While the country is independent from the United Kingdom, it is still part of the Commonwealth.


Which African city is the capital of Seychelles?

Seychelles has a population of approximately 95, 000 people. However, it was not populated until the second half of the 18th Century. The country is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa.


Which city would you find in Palau?

Approximately 340 islands make up Palau. Melekeok is on Babelthuap. However, the most populous island is Koror island.


If you wanted to visit the capital of Andorra, where would you go?

Andorra is located on the Iberian Peninsula. Traditionally, it's economy relied on sheep pasturing as well as the farming of tobacco, rye, wheat, olives, potatoes, and grapes.


Which city is the capital of the island nation Saint Lucia?

Saint Lucia is a volcanic island. It's highest point is Mount Gimie at 3,145 feet. Near the Pitons, which are two volcanic masses formed from dried magma, are boiling sulpher springs leftover from an ancient volcano.


If you wanted to visit the capital of the Federated States of Micronesia, where would you travel to?

The Federated States of Micronesia consists of 607 islands. In total, the islands have a combined land area of 271 square miles. The population survives mostly on the subsistence farming of taros, coconuts, bananas, cassava, breadfruit, and sweet potatoes.


The capital of Singapore is which city?

The official languages of Singapore are English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil. The country used to be a British colonial trading post.


Where would you be if you were in Tonga's capital city?

Tonga consists of 170 islands that are split into 3 main groups. Vava'u is the northern group, while Ha'apai is in the center and Tongatopau is the southernmost group.


Which city does Dominica call its capital?

Roseau is not only the capital, but also the largest city in Dominica. The city's population is around 15,000 people. It is also home to the Dominica Museum , which provides visitors information on the islands history, culture, and economy.


Bahrain's capital is called what?

The Kingdom of Bahrain is located in the Persian Gulf. A Sunni king rules the Muslim country and controls most of the political power. On September 21, 1971, the country was admitted to the United Nations.


Which city is the capital of Kiribati?

Kiribati consists of 33 atolls, but only 20 are inhabited. Sixteen of Kirbati's islands also make up the Gilbert Islands.


What is the name of Sao Tome and Principe's capital?

Sao Tome and Principe is in the Gulf of Guinea, which is off the western coast of Africa. The country's official languages is Portuguese.


Where would you be if you were in the capital of Mauritius?

The Republic of Mauritius is a volcanic island surround by coral reefs. It is located in the in the Indian Ocean and has 600 indigenous plant and animal species. It's national languages are English and French.


Which captial city belongs to Comoros?

Historians believe that in antiquity Arab and Persian traders explored the islands, which were later settled by Malayo-Indonesian settlers. In 1962, Moroni became the capital of Comoros. The city is home to approximately 54,000 people.


Even thought it's not part of the name, you might affix city to the end of the capital of Luxembourg because its name is what?

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is divided into two parts. Oesling makes up the northern third of the country. The reminder is called Bon Pays or Gutland, which translates into English as "Good Land."


Samoa's capital is known as what?

Samoa has two main Islands. They are Savai'i and Upolu. The former island is called the "Cradle of Polynesia" because it is believed to be Hawaiki, which is the Polynesian Homeland.


What is the capital of Cape Verde called?

The official name of Cape Verde is the Republic of Cabo Verde. The country relies on imports of petroleum for fuel because the country does not have many natural resources. Even the country's water supply is dangerously low.


Which city is the capital of Trinidad and Tobago?

Trinidad and Tobago is located in the Caribbean. January and February are the coolest months with an average low of 70 degrees. The warmest months are May, August, September, and October, which have an average high of 91 degrees.


If you were in Brunei and wanted to visit the capital, where would you visit?

On January 1, 1984, Brunei became independent from the United Kingdom. It's official language is Malay. However, English is also recognized.


Which city is Jamaica's capital?

Jamaica is the fourth-largest country in the Caribbean. It's system of government is a parliamentary democracy. As a member of the British Commonwealth, the official head of state is Queen Elizabeth, but the prime minister runs the government.


Which capital city belongs to Cyprus?

The official languages of the Republic of Cyprus are Greek and Turkish. The country joined the European Union on May 1, 2004.


If you were in the capital of , where Lebanon would you be?

Lebanon has a population of over 6 million people. The ethnic makeup of the country is 95 percent Arab, 4 percent Armenian, and 1 percent other. The major religions are Islam, Christianity, and Druzism.


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