How Well Do You Know the World’s Capitals?

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Khadija Leon

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A capital city, simply called a capital, is a city or town where the seat of the administrative government functions. In some places, the definition goes on to include that it is also the location of the prime intellectual, economic and cultural center.

These capitals can be found in any part of the country, but it has been found that many of the different countries have capitals that are inland rather than near a coast or body of water. These places are usually the largest cities in the country and are very densely populated. 

There are also countries that have two capitals, and some capitals share their names with the country. To make things more complicated, some countries have had to move to their capital to a new place because the old one was too small or because it was compromised. 

How well do you know the capital cities of the different countries in the world? For some of us, it's been a while since we took a geography class so this quiz might be challenging. Either way, if you think that you know them, then this quiz should definitely be on your to-do list!

Which of these cities is the capital of the Bahamas?

Nassau is the capital of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and has an estimated population of 274,000 people. It is located on the island of Providence and is named after William III of England, Prince of Orange-Nassau.

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What is the capital city of Denmark?

Copenhagen is the capital and most populated city in Denmark. The city was originally a Viking fishing village but later became the country's capital around the early 15th century. It is the location of Tivoli Gardens, The Little Mermaid, and Nyhavn.

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Which of these cities is the metropolis of Jordan?

Amman is the capital city of Jordan, and it is also its economic, political, and cultural hub. Often considered one of the most modernized Arab cities in the world, the city is also one of the country’s major tourist destinations.

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The capital of Hungary is _________________.

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary and one of the most populated cities in the European Union. It has also been called the most beautiful cities in the world, and it is home to the Buda Castle, the Hungarian Parliament Building, and the Széchenyi Thermal Bath.

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What is the capital of Nepal called?

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and the largest metropolis in the Himalayan hill region. The city which can be found at an elevation of over 4,590 feet has a multiethnic population with the majority being Hindu and Buddhist.

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If you travel to Morocco, they will tell you that its capital is called ___________.

Rabat is the capital and the seventh largest city in Morocco. The city initially served as one of the ports for Barbary pirates who were particularly active between the 16th and 18th century. Its medina is listed as one of the city’s World Heritage Sites.

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Which of these cities is the administrative center of Oman?

Muscat is the capital city of Oman and has an estimated population of 1.28 million. Initially a port-town in the Gulf of Oman, it is now the largest city in the country and the seat of the Governorate of Muscat.

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Which of the following cities is both the largest and the capital city of Chile?

Santiago is the capital and largest city in Chile, and one of the largest cities in the Americas with a population of seven million people. The city was founded by the Spanish conqueror Pedro de Valdivia in 1541 and is located in the country’s central valley.

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What is the name of the capital city of Luxembourg?

Luxembourg, sometimes called Luxembourg City, is the capital city of Luxembourg. It is the country’s most populated region, and it is home to the Luxembourg Castles, which was established by the Franks.

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__________________ is the capital of Belgium.

Brussels, officially called Brussels-Capital-Region, is the capital city of Belgium and is comprises of 19 municipalities. It is the most densely populated city in the country, and it is also the location of the Grand Palace and the Manneken Pis Statue.

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Which of these cities is the capital of Canada?

Ottawa is the capital city of Canada but was founded as Bytown in 1826. Its new name, which was changed in 1855, was derived from the Ottawa River on its south bank. It has the highest standard of living in the country as well as the lowest unemployment rate.

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What is the capital city of Zimbabwe?

Harare, which was formerly known as Salisbury, is the capital and the most populated city in Zimbabwe. Located in the Mashonaland region of the country, it sits in a plateau at an elevation of 4,865 feet above sea level.

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What is the metropolis capital of Russia called?

Moscow is the capital and most populated city in Russia, with a population of over 13 million people living within the city limits. It is one of the largest and most expensive cities in the world and is also the home of the Red Square, Moscow Kremlin and Bolshoi Theatre.

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The capital city of Iceland is known as ______________.

Reykjavik is the capital and largest city of the country, and it can be found on the southwestern end of Iceland. The city is one of the safest and greenest in the world and has a population of 120,000.

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Which of the following cities is the capital of the United States of America?

Washington, D.C. (District of Columbia), is the capital of the United States despite not being an actual state. It was founded after the American Revolution and was named after the first president and founding father, George Washington.

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Which of these cities is the administrative center of Egypt?

Cairo is the capital city of Egypt and one of the largest in Africa and the Middle East. This city, which has a population of over 9.5 million, is the site of the Giza pyramid complex, the Khan el-Khalili bazaar, and it is also near the river Nile.

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_______________ is the capital and most populated city in Finland.

Helsinki is the capital and most populated city in Finland and it is also the center for research, finance, education, and politics. It is the third largest city in the Nordic countries and it is home to sites like Suomenlinna and Market Square.

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Which of these cities is known as the state capital of the Republic of Macedonia?

Skopje is the capital city of the Republic of Macedonia and it is also the country’s cultural, economic and political center. The city, which has been inhabited since 4000 BC, is now home to 540,000 people.

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Which of the following cities is the capital of Norway?

Oslo is the capital and most populated city in Norway. The city is the economic and governmental center of the country, and it is also the location of Frogner Park, the Viking Ship Museum, the Vigeland Sculpture Park, and Akershus Fortress.

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What is the capital of the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago?

Port of Spain is the capital city of the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago. It is located on the northwest coast of Trinidad and its annual carnival festivities are held here between the months of February and March.

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What is the capital of Lebanon known as?

Beirut is the capital city of Lebanon, and it is located on a peninsula near the Mediterranean coast, making it a great location for the seaport. Beirut is one of the oldest cities in the world, and it is currently ranked as a Beta World City.

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The capital of Scotland is _______________.

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and is located in Lothian on the southern shores of Firth of Forth river. It is the seat of the Scottish Government, the Supreme court of Scotland and the location of the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

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What is the capital city of Libya?

Tripoli is the capital as well as the largest city in Libya and is home to over 1 million people. It is the location of the port of Tripoli – the country’s largest commercial and manufacturing center.

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Which of these cities is the capital of Thailand?

Bangkok, also known as Krung Thep in Thai, is the capital and most populated city in Thailand. What was once a small trading post during the Ayutthaya Kingdom has now become one of the most modernized cities in the world.

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Which of the following is the correct name of the capital of Senegal?

Dakar is the capital city and also the largest in Senegal and it is located on the Cap-Vert peninsula. Lake Retba, the House of Slaves, and the African Renaissance Monument can be found here.

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Which of these cities is the Metropolis of New Zealand?

Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand, and it is also the second most populated city in the country with an average population of 420,000 residents. It has been the country’s capital since 1865 and is the location of the Civic Square and Antrim House.

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Which of these cities is the capital of Portugal?

Lisbon is the capital and largest city in Portugal. The country is an alpha-level global city, it is Europe’s westernmost capital city, and is the home of Eduardo VII Park, Belém Tower, São Jorge Castle, and Tram 28.

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Which of these places is the capital of Switzerland?

Bern is the de facto capital and the fifth most populated city in Switzerland. It lies on the Swiss plateau in the canton of Bern and just 12 miles north of the Bernese Alps mountain range.

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Which of these places is the capital of Venezuela?

Caracas, officially called Santiago de León de Caracas, is the capital and largest city in Venezuela. Located along the Guaire River, the city is home to over 7 million people.

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What city is the capital of the United Arab Emirates?

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and has an estimated population of 1.8 million. The city is home to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the Founder’s Memorial, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and the Wahat Al Karama.

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Which of these cities is the capital of England?

London is the capital city of England, and it can be found in the southeastern part of the county on the River Thames. It has been called the world’s leading global city, and it is also one of the most visited, expensive, and desirable places to live in the city.

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What is the name of Ukraine's capital?​

Kiev is the capital and largest city in Ukraine, and it is located in the northern central region of the country. It is one of the most populated cities in Europe and it is the scientific, cultural, and educational center of Ukraine.

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What is the capital of South Korea?

Seoul, officially called the Seoul Special City is the capital of South Korea, and it is home to just about half of the country’s population. It is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, and it is the location of the N Seoul Tower, the Deoksugung Palace, and Bongeunsa Temple.

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What is the name of the Kenya's capital?

Nairobi is often called the “Green City in the Sun” and is the capital and the largest city in Kenya. Its name comes from the Maasai phrase for “cool water” in reference to the Nairobi River, which passes through the city.

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Which of these places is the capital of India?

New Delhi is the capital of India, after being changed from Kolkata in 1911. It is the location of the India Gate, the Red Fort, the Qutb Minar and it also the seat of all three branches of the government of the country.

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