How Well Do You Know Your World Capitals?


By: Isadora Teich

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Final boarding call for world travelers! It’s time to see if you’re well-traveled enough to identify the country based on its capital city.

Chances are, if you love to travel, you’ll ace this quiz. Do you get all warm and fuzzy just from planning a trip? Do you have at least one trip scheduled on your calendar at all times? Do you take your suitcase out a good two weeks before your trips?

And lest we forget - that passport! Getting a new stamp in your passport is one of the most gratifying experiences for a world traveler. It is your mission in life to fill it up, and you hate it when the border agent doesn’t use enough ink to make the stamp readable! But deep down, you know where you went. You know the food you ate, you know the layovers you’ve had, and you most definitely don’t consider it a real visit unless you leave the airport!

Learning the world’s capital cities comes not just from a book, but from experience. Which is why we know if you’ve traveled near and far, you’ve got this quiz in the bag… or should we say, in your suitcase!

Now let’s get settled in our first class seats and see how well you do with the ultimate world capitals quiz!

Copenhagen is the capital of which country?

Copenhagen began as a small Viking fishing village in the 10th century and became the capital city of Denmark in the 15th century. Perhaps its most iconic site is Nyhavn, a 17th-century harbor, that's lined with colorful houses featuring multiple windows.


Bangkok is the capital of which country?

Bangkok is the largest city in the country and the world's 50th largest country by total area. Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country that was never colonized by a European country so it's fitting that the name of the country means “land of the free.”


Athens is the capital of which country?

Athens claims to be the oldest city on earth being more than 3,400 years old. According to the city's mythology, the Goddess Athena offered the Athenians the first domesticated olive tree and she was declared the patron goddess of Athens.


Buenos Aires is the capital of which country?

Buenos Aires is the largest city in Argentina and its name means "good airs." It is considered one of the most diverse cities in the Americas, receiving millions of immigrants. It's considered the birth place of the tango.


Madrid is the capital of which country?

Madrid is one of the largest cities in the European Union, with a metropolitan population of over 6 million people. The city has modernized but also been able to preserve the style and look of its historic Spanish neighborhoods.


Washington, D.C., is the capital of which country?

Washington, D.C was founded in 1791 and is not a part of any state. It averages 39 inches of rainfall a year and is home to more than 175 embassies and international cultural centers.


Wellington is the capital of which country?

Wellington has been the capital city of New Zealand since 1865. It is the windiest city on earth by average wind speed.


Vienna is the capital of which country?

Vienna is famous for being the home of a number of classical music greats, including Beethoven and Brahms which led it to be known as the "City of Music." It's also said to be "The City of Dreams" because it was home to the world's first psychoanalyst – Sigmund Freud.


Pyongyang is the capital of which country?

Pyongyang is the capital of North Korea, officially known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Pyongyang literally translates from Korean to mean "Flat Land."


Paris is the capital of which country?

Paris has been a major center of fashion, culture, science, finance and more for centuries. Paris is known for its museums and landmarks including the Louvre.


Rome is the capital of which country?

Today Rome boasts more than 900 churches, along with many relics of ancient Roman civilization. The smallest country in the world, The Vatican City, is an independent country inside the city boundaries of Rome, the only current example of a country within a city and for this reason Rome is often known as a capital of two states


Tehran is the capital of which country?

Tehran is the most populous city in Iran and Western Asia and was first chosen as the capital of Iran by Agha Mohammad Khan of the Qajar dynasty in 1796. The city's most famous landmark is the Azadi Tower. constructed to commemorate the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian empire,


Havana is the capital of which country?

Havana is a major tourist destination attracting more than a million tourists annually. Old Havana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 and it is essentially divided into three cities: Old Havana, business district Vedado and newer suburban districts.


Dublin is the capital of which country?

Dublin, the largest city in Ireland, founded the Guinness brewery in 1759 which became the largest brewery in the world and the largest employer in Dublin. The earliest evidence of human presence in Ireland dates back to 10,500 BC.


Ankara is the capital of which country?

Turkey's second largest city (after Istanbul), Ankara is home to about 50 museums and Alexander the Great conquered it in 333 B.C.E. Ankara became the capital of Turkey in 1923.


Berlin is the capital of which country?

Berlin - the largest city by population and area - is one pf Germany's 16 federal states. Zoologischer Garten Berlin, the oldest zoo in the city, was founded in 1844 and is the most visited zoo in Europe, home to the most diverse range of species in the world.


Amsterdam is the capital city of which country?

Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands, also known as Holland. While Amsterdam is the capital city, the Dutch government is seated in a different city, The Hague.


Moscow is the capital city of which country?

Moscow is the largest city on the European continent, and one of the largest on earth. Residents of Moscow are known as Muscovites.


Beijing is the capital of which city?

Beijing, formerly Peking, is the capital city of the People's Republic of China. Beijing includes the Forbidden City, known as the largest palace in the world.


Mexico City is the capital of which country?

Mexico City is the oldest capital city in the Americas, founded in 1325. Residents were given the right to elect a head of government in 1997 and since then the the left-wing Party of the Democratic Revolution has dominated.


Hanoi is the capital of which country?

Hanoi was once the capital of French Indochina, but today it is the capital of Vietnam. The city is over 1,000 years old and in 1999, it was given the title of “City for Peace” by UNESCO.


Santiago is the capital of which country?

The Andes mountains can be seen from most of the city of Santiago and it one of the largest cities in the Americas. It was founded as Santiago del Nuevo Extremo (“Santiago of the New Frontier”) by Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia in 1541.


Seoul is the capital of which country?

Seoul is the capital of South Korea, officially known as the Republic of Korea. Seoul includes 25 divisions, called gu, and each gu is divided into neighborhoods, called dong.


Baghdad is the capital of which country?

Baghdad is the largest city in Iraq and the second largest city in the Arab world. In the wake of the war and insurgency attacks there have been substantial losses of cultural heritage and historical artifacts.


Budapest is the capital of which country?

Budapest was once two separate cities -- Buda and Pest -- separated by the Danube River. After the reconquest of Buda in 1686 it became the global city known as Pest-Buda and with the unification of Buda, Óbuda, and Pest in November 1873 it was renamed Budapest.


Abu Dhabi is the capital city of which country?

Abu Dhabi is the second most populous in the UAE, after Dubai. "Dhabi" is Arabic for gazelle so the city name means "Father of Gazelle" allegedly because of the abundance of gazelles in the area.


Bogotá is the capital of which country?

Bogotá was founded by a Spanish conquistador, Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada, in 1538. The indigenous community known as The Muisca called the area where the capital was founded Bacatá, which in the Chibcha language means "The Lady of the Andes." Located in the center of Colombia, Bogotá is also the largest city and has been the capital since 1819.


Canberra is the capital of which country?

Canberra, the capital of Australia, is the country's largest inland city. The city's name most likely comes from "Kamberra," the aboriginal word for "meeting place."


Prague is the capital of which country?

Prague was the capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia and since 1992, the historic center has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.


Cairo is the capital of which country?

Cairo is the capital of Egypt, located in Northern Africa. The city is divided by the Nile River. Interestingly, there are two islands in the middle of the city.


Port-au-Prince is the capital of which country?

Port-au-Prince is the capital of Haiti. The country was devastated after the 2010 earthquake, with deaths upwards of 230,000. It's difficult to ascertain the number of inhabitants due to the rapid growth of slums but some estimates say it's about 3.7 million, nearly half of Haiti's national population.


Tokyo is the capital of which country?

Tokyo is the capital of Japan. The metropolitan area of Tokyo is the most populated of any on earth, with over 37 million people living there.


Abuja is the capital of which country?

Abuja was built in the 1980s, to replace the former capital, Lagos. This planned city has two zones -- one for government-related facilities, and one for residential and commercial structures.


London is the capital of which country?

London, considered a global city, is over 2,000 years old and is home to the oldest underground railway network in the world, The London Underground.


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