Only a Geography Expert Can Name the Capitals of These Lesser-Known Countries. Can You?

By: Isadora Teich

Only a Geography Expert Can Name the Capitals of These Lesser-Known Countries. Can You?
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About This Quiz

Think you are a geography buff? There are 195 countries in the world today, and each has at least one capital. This includes 193 member states of the United Nations and 2 countries that are non-member observer states. While everyone knows the few major players on the world stage, like America, China, and Russia, a lot of countries tend to slip through common knowledge, particularly in the West. It would be hard for this not to be the case, with nearly 200 countries in total spanning the entirety of the earth.  

Some countries slip through the cracks because they are remote or sparsely populated. Some countries, particularly many island nations around the world, have yet to join the modern world. They still exist largely as tribes and have little to no contact with the outside world. Other countries are unknown because they are brand new, some even less than 10 years old. Some are just so tiny that it's easy to forget about them, particularly in Europe, where one such country is known for having more cars than people in it! 

If you know your world geography, see if you can match obscure capital cities to their countries with this truly global quiz! 

Malta
Valletta
Malta is a small European country that consists of a Mediterranean archipelago. This historic city has a population of over 6,000 and is Europe's southernmost capital.
Wellington
Beijing
Budapest

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Madagascar
Antananarivo
Madagascar is a large biodiverse island in the Indian Ocean, off Africa's Eastern Coast. Its capital Antananarivo was founded by a Merina King in the 17th century and today has a population of over 1 million.
Paris
Port Louis
Amman

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San Marino
New Delhi
San Marino
San Marino is an incredibly wealthy European microstate surrounded entirely by Italy. Its capital, San Marino, has a population of about 4,000 people.
London
Skopje

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Niue
London
Alofi
Niue is an island country 1500 miles northeast of New Zealand. It is one of the world's largest coral islands and its capital Alofi is one of the least populous capital cities in the world.
Kabul
Beijing

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Turkmenistan
Baghdad
Caracas
Ashgabat
Turkmenistan is the least populous country in Central Asia and considered to be one of the world's most repressive countries. Founded in 1881, its capital Ashgabat was home to the world's first Baha'i temple.
Tokyo

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Serbia
Berlin
Stockholm
Belgrade
Serbia sits between Central and Southeast Europe. Belgrade is its capital and largest city.
Vladivostok

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Saint Lucia
Kingston
Canberra
Amsterdam
Castries
Saint Lucia is an Island country in the Eastern Caribbean Sea. Its capital Castries is a popular cruise ship stopping point.

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Moldova
Chisinau
Moldova is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. Chisinau is its capital and largest city.
Djibouti
Washington, D.C.
Tokyo

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East Timor
Mumbai
Dili
East Timor is located in Maritime South East Asia. Its capital Dili is its most populous city and main port.
Cairo
Manila

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Djibouti
Edinburgh
Montevideo
Djibouti
Djibouti is located in the Horn of Africa. 70% of the population lives in its capital city, also called Djibouti.
Moscow

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Solomon Islands
Gibraltar
Jakarta
Honiara
The Solomon Islands are a country made up over over 900 islands in Oceania. Its capital of Honiara is located on the Island of Guadalcanal and has a population of over 80,000 people.
Montreal

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South Sudan
Cairo
Juba
South Sudan is a landlocked country in East-Central Africa founded in 2011, making it the world's newest country. Juba is its capital and largest city.
Bangkok
Damascus

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Gabon
Lison
Madrid
Libreville
Gabon is located on the equator on Africa's West Coast. Libreville is its largest city, capital, and important port city.
Rome

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Slovenia
Ljubljana
Slovenia is located in South Central Europe, next to Italy, and has been independent since 1991. Its capital is Ljubljana.
Capetown
Monaco
Pyongyang

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Marshall Islands
Cleveland
Majuro
This island country is located on the equator in the Pacific Ocean. Majuro is its capital and largest city with a population of about 20,000.
Kingston
Baku

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Armenia
Yerevan
Armenia is a West Asian country. Yerevan is its capital, largest city, and one of the world's oldest constantly inhabited cities.
Nicosia
Tashkent
Riyadh

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Maldives
London
Beijing
New Delhi
Male
This island country sits in the Indian Ocean southwest of India and Sri Lanka. Its roughly 2 square mile large capital is home to over 100,000 people, making it one of the most densely populated cities on earth.

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Lesotho
Mexico City
Stockholm
Maseru
The Kingdom of Lesotho is surrounded entirely by South Africa. Maseru is its capital and largest city, with a population of over 250,000.
Bangkok

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Uruguay
Brasilia
Osaka
Kuala Lumpur
Montevideo
Uruguay is located in Southeast South America. Montevideo is its capital and largest city with a population of over 1 million. It is the southernmost capital city in the Americas.

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Comoros
Moroni
Comoros is an archipelago island nation located in the Indian Ocean between the African continent and Madagascar. Moroni is its capital and largest city and sits at the feet of an active volcano.
Amman
Dublin
New Delhi

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Palau
Oslo
Ngerulmud
Palau is a nation comprised of over 300 islands in the Pacific Ocean. Its capital Ngerulmud is located on the island Babeldaob, which is one of the most underdeveloped populated islands in the Pacific.
Berlin
Wellington

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Cyprus
Athens
Nicosia
Cyprus is the third most populous island country in the Mediterranean Sea. Its capital Nicosia has been continuously inhabited for over 4000 years.
Monaco
Budapest

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Mauritania
Nouakchott
The Islamic Republic of Mauritania is one of the largest countries in Africa. Its capital Nouakchott is one of the largest cities in the Sahara.
Paris
Khartoum
Beirut

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Tonga
Nuku'alofa
Tonga is a Polynesian country comprised over over 150 islands, most of which are uninhabited. Its capital city Nuku'alofa is its economic and transport hub and located on its southernmost island, Tongatapu.
Brighton
Mexico City
Kathmandu

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Suriname
Port Moresby
Amsterdam
Paramaribo
Suriname is the smallest country in South America. Paramaribo is its capital and largest city, its population of over 200,000 accounting for roughly half of the country's entire population.
Seoul

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Montenegro
Podgorica
Montenegro is located in Southeastern Europe. It has two capitals, Podgorica and Cetinje.
Dakar
Bahrain
Auckland

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Mauritius
Prague
Rome
Copenhagen
Port Louis
Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian ocean about 1200 miles off the African coast. Its capital Port Louis is known for its diverse, vibrant culture and as a place which has attracted artists and writers for centuries.

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Papua New Guinea
Port Moresby
Papua New Guinea sits north of Australia on the island of New Guinea. Its capital city Port Moresby is the largest city in the South Pacific outside of Australia and New Zealand.
Bloemfontein
Warsaw
Hanoi

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Latvia
San Juan
Riga
Latvia is a Baltic State in Northern Europe. Riga is the capital and largest city of any in the Baltic States, containing one tenth of their entire population.
Port Louis
Canberra

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Bulgaria
Port Moresby
Sofia
Bulgaria is located in Southeastern Europe. Today roughly a million people live in its capital Sofia, which has been inhabited for thousands of years.
Melbourne
Ottawa

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Sri Lanka
Rome
San Marino
Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
Sri Lanka is an island country in South Asia. Its official capital is Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte and its former and commercial capital is Colombo.
Shanghai

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Grenada
Cairo
St. George's
Grenada is a Caribbean country which consists of 7 islands. Its capital St. George's has a population of roughly 30,000 and is a popular tourist destination.
Vienna
Bucharest

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Uzbekistan
Paris
Springfield
Tashkent
Uzbekistan is a landlocked country in Central Asia. Its capital Tashkent has a population of over 2 million, making it the largest city in the region.
Istanbul

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Namibia
Windhoek
Namibia is located in Southern Africa. Windhoek is its capital and largest city.
Zagreb
Montevideo
Washington, D.C.

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Azerbaijan
Beirut
Baku
Azerbaijan sits between Eastern Europe and Western Asia. It was the first democratic state in the Muslim world and its capital Baku is the lowest-lying national capital on earth at 92 feet below sea level.
Seoul
Ottowa

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