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But first – I have to apologize in advance for this very, very nerdtastic post. Here’s the truth though: once upon a time, it was my dream to memorize ALL the world capitals on Earth. I grew up practically hugging a world globe (this exact one, actually) and duh, one of my most prized possessions these days is my scratchable world map, which satisfies my wanderlust & (borderline troubling) love for scratch cards, all in one satisfying swoop.
So yes, ambitious young me somehow thought it would be “cool” to one day memorize all the capital cities of the world. And while my definition of “cool hasn’t really improved much (after all, last year I literally wrote a list of pickup lines for every single world country), I thought it was time to do a different kind of roundup… this time, a compilation of ALL the world capitals (with photos to boot).
The most fascinating thing about this world is its diversity, which is what made this post SO much fun to put together… I hope you enjoy this visual tour through all the world’s capital cities 🙂 Because I haven’t (yet) visited all these capitals for myself, the majority of these photos are sourced from Creative Commons websites or Flickr… that said, a few of mine did sneak in there. Can you guess which ones? 😉
Anyways, you must be wondering: what are all the capitals in the world? Well, here is a complete list of world capitals for all the 196 independent countries of the world as recognized by the United Nations. Scroll further down to see all the photos… I promise they’re cool to see! Enjoy.
A Full List of World Capitals (Sorted in alphabetical order)
|Andorra||Andorra la Vella|
|Antigua and Barbuda||Saint John's|
|Bolivia||Administrative: La Paz
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Sarajevo|
|Brunei||Bandar Seri Begawan|
|Central African Republic||Bangui|
|The Republic of the Congo||Brazzaville|
|The Democratic Republic of the Congo||Kinshasa|
|Costa Rica||San Jose|
|Cote d'Ivoire||Official: Yamoussoukro
De Facto: Abidjan
|Dominican Republic||Santo Domingo|
|East Timor (Timor-Leste)||Dili|
|El Salvador||San Salvador|
|Federated States of Micronesia||Palikir|
|Monaco||Monaco (City State)|
|Nauru||No official capital - de facto capital is Yaren|
|Papua New Guinea||Port Moresby|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||Basseterre|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Kingstown|
|San Marino||San Marino (City State)|
|Sao Tome and Principe||Sao Tome|
|Singapore||Singapore (City State)|
|South Africa||Administrative: Pretoria
Legislative: Cape Town Judiciary: Bloemfontein
|Sri Lanka||Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Port-of-Spain|
|United Arab Emirates||Abu Dhabi|
|United States of America||Washington D.C.
|Vatican City (Holy See)||Vatican City|
Countries and Capitals List (With Photos)
Here's what we're covering today:
- A Full List of World Capitals (Sorted in alphabetical order)
- Countries and Capitals List (With Photos)
- Antigua and Barbuda
- The Bahamas
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- Republic of the Congo
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Costa Rica
- Cote d’Ivoire
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- East Timor (Timor-Leste)
- El Salvador
- Equatorial Guinea
- The Gambia
- North Korea
- South Korea
- Marshall Islands
- The Federated States of Micronesia
- Myanmar (Burma)
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- San Marino
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands
- South Africa
- South Sudan
- Sri Lanka
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
- Vatican City (Holy See)
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The capital of Afghanistan is Kabul, the largest city in the country. Prior to 1766 though, the country’s capital was Kandahar.
The capital of Albania is Tirana, known as one of the only capital cities in the world with no McDonalds! #McSorry
The capital of Algeria is Algiers, the largest city in the country, which happens to be the largest country in Africa. Soo… you know, largeception.
The capital of Andorra is Andorra la Vella. Besides its super pretty name, Andorra la Vella happens to be a bustling destination for winter tourism because of its ski resort. Plus, at over 1000m above ground, it’s the highest capital in Europe.
The capital of Angola is Luanda, the country’s chief port. Some call it “the Paris of Africa” for its sophisticated culture, and it has consistently topped lists as the most expensive city for expats in the entire world.
Antigua and Barbuda
The capital of Antigua and Barbuda is Saint John’s, where you’ll apparently find epic Carnival festivities during the summer from the end of July til the first Tuesday of August, when there’s a biiiig parade to celebrate.
The capital of Argentina is Buenos Aires. Here, you’ll find the mansion where the president of Argentina lives. It’s called the Casa Rosada and yes, apparently very pink!
The capital of Armenia is Yerevan, nicknamed “The Pink City” for the colour of the stone used in buildings throughout the city. Also fun fact (not world capital related, but still) – chess is a mandatory subject in Armenian schools!
The capital of Australia is Canberra, not Sydney as many people wrongfully assume! Canberra is the country’s largest inland city and known as “the Bush capital” due to its location amongst the nature and mountains.
The capital of Austria is Vienna. Random but very fun fact: Vienna is where the snow globe was invented back in 1900. Basically Erwin Perzy (a fine instruments mechanic) was trying to make a light bulb glow brighter by adding water and semolina flakes… which didn’t make a brighter bulb, but a pretty and iconic new decoration! In my opinion, this is one of the most beautiful world capitals on Earth.
The capital of Azerbaijan is Baku, which is located 92ft below sea level. It is also sometimes referred to as “the city of Winds”.
The capital of the Bahamas is Nassau, the biggest city in the country. It’s rumoured that Blackbeard and Calico Jack (yes, the pirates) called Nassau home once upon a time. *cue Pirates of the Carribean music*
The capital of Bahrain is Manama. Apparently one of their main districts is called “Hoora” (like, hoorah!!!) and that’s where a lot of the city’s nightlife is. This fact brings me great joy.
The capital of Bangladesh is Dhaka. Fun fact: Dhaka is known as the rickshaw capital of the world (with over 800,000 rickshaw pullers in the city).
The capital of Barbados is Bridgetown, which has its own Trafalgar Square and Lord Nelson Statue (like in London). Surprise though – both actually predate their London equivalents.
The capital of Belarus is Minsk, a city that is totally packed with FOUNTAINS – over a hundred of them in fact. It also has a ridiculously long main street (called Independence Avenue) that spans 15km.
The capital of Belgium is Brussels. The airport here is the largest chocolate selling point in the world, and they have a lot of quirky museums, including one dedicated to fries!
FYI, Brussels is one of the world capitals I’ve visited but didn’t totally love. Read about my mistakes/experiences here.
The capital of Belize is Belmopan, one of the smallest capital cities in the world. The government was moved here in 1970, after Hurricane Hattie devastated much of the former capital, Belize City in the 60s.
The capital of Benin is Porto-Novo (the country’s second largest city). Despite its status as capital, many consider Cotonou to be not only bigger, but more important.
The capital of Bhutan is Thimphu. It is supposedly the only capital in the world that has no traffic lights.
Bolivia kind of has two capitals: La Paz, the administrative/de facto capital and Sucre, the judicial capital. La Paz is where you’ll find the highest golf course in the world (it’s also the highest world capital).
Bosnia and Herzegovina
The capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina is Sarajevo. It was in this city that on June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, an event that would trigger WWI.
The capital of Botswana is Gaborone, located in the south near South Africa. The name comes from Chief Gaborone of the Tlokwa tribe who once controlled nearby land.
The capital of Brazil is Brasilia. Supposedly, when viewed from above, the city has the shape of an airplane.
The capital of Brunei is Bandar Seri Begawan, the largest city in Brunei and home to the country’s most famous landmark, the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque.
The capital of Bulgaria is Sofia, a city built on Roman ruins and with the best array of free tours ever, including one of the only free food tours in the world!
Sofia is hands down one of my favourite world capitals I’ve visited. Click here to read a local’s guide to experiencing the city.
The capital of Burkina Faso is Ouagadougo, which translates to “You are welcome here at home with us”. *feels instantly loved*
The capital of Burundi is Bujumbura. It also functions as the main port, where a lot of the country’s main export (sweet, sweet coffee) is shipped.
The capital of Cambodia is Phnom Penh, sometimes known as the “Pearl of Asia” or the “Paris of the East”.
The capital of Cameroon is Yaounde, nicknamed the City of Seven Hills.
The capital of Canada is Ottawa, and their hockey team is called the Senators. heh.
The capital of Cape Verde is Praia.
Central African Republic
The capital of the Central African Republic is Bangui.
The capital of Chile is Santiago, which boasts a confusing attraction not all capitals can brag about: a clown cemetery.
The capital of China is Beijing, although it wasn’t always called this. Like many capital cities, Beijing has undergone several name changes over the years. Beijing is actually the 16th name the city has had.
The capital of Colombia is Bogota.
Republic of the Congo
Democratic Republic of the Congo
The capital of Croatia is Zagreb, and also (in my opinion) one of the most underrated cities in Europe. Here’s why I consider it Croatia’s cool kid.
The capital of Cuba is Havana.
The capital of Cyprus is Nicosia and it’s the world’s only divided capital city (a Green line partitioned by the UN divides the city into a Greek section (south) and Turkish section (North). This makes it one of the most unique capitals of the world.
Nicosia may be one of the lesser known world capitals in Europe, but it’s beautiful nonetheless. See for yourself:
The capital of the Czech Republic (AKA Czechia) is Prague.
The capital of Denmark is Copenhagen. Not all world capitals can boast that they are home to the happiest people on Earth, but Copenhagen sure can!
Put this country capitals list on pause and check out these must-see sights in Copenhagen.
The capital of Djibouti is (also) called Djibouti.
Need a break from this list of countries and capitals? Check out my epic roundup of cheesy pickup lines featuring every country in the world.
The capital of the Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo.
East Timor (Timor-Leste)
The capital of East Timor (AKA Timor-Leste) is Dili.
The capital of Ecuador is Quito.
Probably one of the most well known among the country capitals in this list. In case you’re wondering though, the capital of Egypt is Cairo. Fun fact: Cairo is the only one out of all the capital cities in the world to boast an ancient wonder of the world (the pyramids there are actually the only still remaining ancient wonders on Earth).
The capital of El Salvador is San Salvador.
The capital of Estonia is Tallinn.
The capital of Ethiopia is Addis Ababa.
The capital of Finland is Helsinki.
Take a break form this countries capital list and check out my 48 hour diary from Helsinki.
The capital of France is Paris.
Of all the names in this capitals of the world list, Paris is among the most well known and sought after. I definitely haven’t been to all the capitals in this list, but I’ve been to Paris many times. Click here to read my roundup of mistakes to avoid during your first visit.
The capital of the Gambia is Banjul.
The capital of Georgia is Tbilisi.
The capital of Germany is Berlin.
The capital of Ghana is Accra.
The capital of Greece is Athens.
The capital of Grenada is Saint George’s.
The capital of Haiti is Port-au-Prince.
The capital of Hungary is Budapest.
The capital of Iceland is Reykjavik. It’s one of the quirkiest entries in this capital cities on the world list. After all, where else can you find a penis museum?
Want a break from this list of countries with their capitals? Click here to read about 6 offbeat activities you can do in Iceland.
The capital of India is New Delhi.
The capital of Indonesia is Jakarta.
The capital of Iran is Tehran.
The capital of Iraq is Baghdad.
The capital of Ireland is Dublin.
The capital of Israel is Jerusalem.
The capital of Italy is Rome.
The capital of Japan is Tokyo.
Of all the capitals in the world, this is the one I want to visit most! After all, it’s the world capital with the most top-rated restaurants on Earth 😉
The capital of Jordan is Amman.
The capital of Kazakhstan is Astana.
The capital of Kenya is Nairobi.
The capital of Kiribati is Tarawa Atoll.
The capital of North Korea is Pyongyang.
The capital of South Korea is Seoul. It’s a city with soul.
… Sorry, to be frank, this world capital list would have never been complete without a bad pun.
Anyways, along with Tokyo, Seoul is one of the world capital cities where residents get the least avg amount of sleep (less than 6 hours per night).
The capital of Kosovo is Pristina.
The capital of Kuwait is Kuwait City.
The capital of Laos is Vientiane.
The capital of Latvia is Riga.
The capital of Lebanon is Beirut.
The capital of Lesotho is Maseru.
The capital of Libya is Tripoli.
The capital of Liechtenstein is Vaduz.
The capital of Lithuania is Vilnius.
The capital of Luxembourg is Luxembourg City.
The capital of Macedonia is Skopje.
The capital of Madagascar is Antananarivo.
The capital of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur.
The capital of the Maldives is Male.
The capital of Malta is Valletta.
The capital of Mauritius is Port Louis.
The capital of Mexico is Mexico City.
The Federated States of Micronesia
The capital of the Federated States of Micronesia is Palikir.
The capital of Moldova is Chisinau.
Monaco is a city state so there isn’t technically a separate capital city. The capital of Monaco would therefore just be Monaco.
The capital of Mongolia is Ulaanbaatar.
The capital of Montenegro is Podgorica.
The capital of Morocco is Rabat.
The capital of Namibia is Windhoek.
The capital of Nepal is Kathmandu.
The capital of the Netherlands is Amsterdam although the Hague is where you’ll find the official seat of government.
The capital of New Zealand is Wellington.
The capital of Nicaragua is Managua.
The capital of Norway is Oslo.
The capital of Oman is Muscat.
The capital of Pakistan is Islamabad.
The capital of Panama is Panama City.
Papua New Guinea
The capital of Paraguay is Asuncion.
The capital of Peru is Lima.
The capital of the Philippines is Manila.
The capital of Poland is Warsaw.
The capital of Portugal is Lisbon.
The capital of Qatar is Doha.
The capital of Romania is Bucharest (in my opinion, one of the most underrated capitals in Europe!). Check out this article wit a list of the city’s many hidden gems.
The capital of Russia is Moscow.
The capital of Rwanda is Kigali.
Saint Kitts and Nevis
The capital of Saint Lucia is Castries.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
The capital of San Marino is San Marino (haha).
Sao Tome and Principe
The capital of Saudi Arabia is Riyadh.
The capital of Senegal is Dakar.
The capital of Serbia is Belgrade.
The capital of the Seychelles is Victoria.
Since Singapore is a city state, it is technically its own capital, which means that the capital of Singapore is Singapore.
The capital of Slovakia is Bratislava.
The capital of Slovenia is Ljubljana.
In South Africa, there is no legally defined capital city. Three cities are considered “capitals”: Pretoria, the administrative capital; Cape Town, the legislative capital and Bloemfontein, the judiciary capital.
The capital of Spain is Madrid.
The capital of Sweden is Stockholm.
Want a break from this list of countries and their capitals? Click here to check out my Stockholm photo diary.
The capital of Switzerland is Bern.
The capital of Syria is Damascus.
The capital of Taiwan is Taipei.
The capital of Thailand is Bangkok.
Trinidad and Tobago
The capital of Tunisia is Tunis.
The capital of Turkey is Ankara.
The capital of Turkmenistan is Ashgabat.
The capital of Uganda is Kampala.
The capital of Ukraine is Kyiv.
United Arab Emirates
The capital of the United Arab Emirates is Abu Dhabi.
The capital of the United Kingdom is London.
While London is probably the most well known name in this capital cities list, I still need to tell you a few fun facts about it 😉 Over 300 languages are spoken in London, making it one of the most diverse world capitals on Earth. It also has over 170 museums.
Click here to read my guide on how to save money in London. After all, it’s a pretty pricey world capital!
United States of America
The capital of the United States of America is Washington D.C.
The capital of Uruguay is Montevideo.
The capital of Uzbekistan is Tashkent.
Vatican City (Holy See)
Vatican City is a city state and so there is no separate capital city.
The capital of Venezuela is Caracas.
The capital of Vietnam is Hanoi. The name of this world capital actually means “city inside rivers”.
Finally: the last entry in this capital list! The capital of Zimbabwe is Harare.
I hope you enjoyed that crazy long list of capital cities, ft. country capitals from around the world! Any more questions or comments? Feel free to ask away in the comments. To my knowledge, all countries and their capitals are listed in this article, but if I missed anything, let me know!
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