All the Capital Cities of the World (w/ Photos!)

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Looking for a list of world capitals? You’re in the right place!

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 stock photo sites. 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.

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Countries and Capitals List (With Photos)

Afghanistan

The capital of Afghanistan is Kabul, the largest city in the country. Prior to 1766 though, the country’s capital was Kandahar.

Evening view of Kabul in Afghanistan with sunset

Albania

The capital of Albania is Tirana, known as one of the only capital cities in the world with no McDonalds! #McSorry

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Algeria

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.

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Andorra

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.

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Angola

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.

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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.

St. John’s, Antigua port and skyline at twilight.

Argentina

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!

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Armenia

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!

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Australia

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.

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Austria

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.

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Azerbaijan

The capital of Azerbaijan is Baku, which is located 92ft below sea level.

It is also sometimes referred to as “the city of Winds”.

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The Bahamas

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*

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Bahrain

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.

Bangladesh

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).

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Barbados

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.

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Belarus

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.

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Belgium

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!

NOTE: While Brussels is among the world’s prettiest capital cities, I’d recommend checking out other Belgian cities like Bruges, Antwerp and Ghent.

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Belize

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.

Benin

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.

Bhutan

The capital of Bhutan is Thimphu. It is supposedly the only capital in the world that has no traffic lights.

Bolivia

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).

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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.

PS: Bosnia & Herzegovina is one of my favourite hidden gems in Europe! Click here to see some more photos from this beautiful country.

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Botswana

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.

Brazil

The capital of Brazil is Brasilia. Supposedly, when viewed from above, the city has the shape of an airplane.

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Brunei

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.

Bulgaria

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. For more, check out this local’s guide to Sofia.

PS: There are a lot of unique things to do in Bulgaria that you can’t do anywhere else in the world. Be sure to give it a visit!

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Burkina Faso

The capital of Burkina Faso is Ouagadougo, which translates to “You are welcome here at home with us”. *feels instantly loved*

Burundi

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.

Cambodia

The capital of Cambodia is Phnom Penh, sometimes known as the “Pearl of Asia” or the “Paris of the East”.

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Cameroon

The capital of Cameroon is Yaounde, nicknamed the City of Seven Hills.

Canada

The capital of Canada is Ottawa, and their hockey team is called the Senators. heh.

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Cape Verde

The capital of Cape Verde is Praia. It’s located on the island of Santiago, the largest island in the country. One of the official languages of the country is Portuguese, and Praia actually means Beach in Portugese.

Aerial view of Praia city in Santiago – Capital of Cape Verde Islands – Cabo Verde

Central African Republic

The capital of the Central African Republic is Bangui. This small landlocked country is just slightly smaller than Texas. You can see the video below for lots of photos and clips from this city!

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Chad

The capital of Chad is N’Djamena. Originally named Fort-Lamy (after a French major) the city’s name was changed to N’Djamena in 1973, over a decade after Chad’s independence from France in 1960.  

Chile

The capital of Chile is Santiago, which boasts a confusing attraction not all capitals can brag about: a clown cemetery.

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China

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.

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Colombia

The capital of Colombia is Bogota. The name comes from the city’s original founders, the Muisca people, who once upon a time called the city Bacatá, which translates to mean “the Lady of the Andes” in the Chibcha language means.

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Comoros

The capital of the Comoros is Moroni. Not all capital cities have the word “moron” in it, but fun fact: Moroni actually translates to “in the heart of the fire” in Comorian.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

The capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is Kinshasa. Believe it or not, this city is known for ROBOTS! Yes, there are robots here who direct traffic. Check out the video below to see them in action.

Costa Rica

The capital of Costa Rica is San Jose. Fun fact: Due to the city’s location in a tropical rainforest, you’ll actually encounter rain here about half of the days of the year. It still looks pretty gorgeous though, don’t you think?

Costa Rica

Côte d’Ivoire

There are two capital cities in Cote d’Ivoire: Yamoussoukro, the official capital and Abidjan, the de facto capital. One of the most famous sights in Yamoussoukro is the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, which is actually (according to Guinness World Records) the largest Christian church in the entire WORLD – yes, it’s even bigger than St Peter’s in Vatican City.

Croatia

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.

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Cuba

The capital of Cuba is Havana, a city known for its abundance of unique sights and museums, among them museums dedicated to chocolate, Ernest Hemingway and yes, even Havana Club Rum!

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Cyprus

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:

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Czechia (Czech Republic)

The capital of the Czech Republic (AKA Czechia) is Prague. This is one of my favourite cities in Europe and has been since my first trip backpacking around Europe.

There are tons of fun things to do in Prague. Not only is its hilltop castle the largest castle in the entire world, locals here consume the most beer per capita out of all the world’s countries, which (in my opinion) would make living in Prague a bucket list experience in itself… don’t you agree?

PS: Prague is especially pretty at Christmas time. Check out my guide to Christmas markets in Prague for more.

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Denmark

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.

Djibouti

The capital of Djibouti is (also) called Djibouti. Yes… I’m trying really hard not to make a yo’ booty joke, but I’ve already done that in this epic roundup of cheesy pickup lines featuring every country in the world.

Fun fact: Djibouti is where you’ll find  Lac Assal, the largest salt reserve in the world. It’s located about 120km away from Djibouti City, but that’s still a pretty cool fact, don’t you think?

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Dominica

The capital of Dominica is Roseau. Fun fact about Roseau: the city is actually surrounded by an abundance of beautiful black sand beaches since Dominica has 9 (yes, 9!) active volcanos! There are many sulphur pools to explore too.

Dominican Republic

The capital of the Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo, a city that is considered to be the oldest European-established city in the Americas. It was founded by Bartholomew Columbus (Christopher Columbus’ brother) in 1496, which gives the city claim to a lot of “firsts”, including the oldest cathedral in the Americas, Basilica Cathedral of Santa María la Menor.

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East Timor (Timor-Leste)

The capital of East Timor (AKA Timor-Leste) is Dili. Fun fact: just off the coast of Dili, there is an island known as Atauro Island which scientists have said may be home to the most biodiverse waters in the entire world!

Ecuador

The capital of Ecuador is Quito, which, fun fact, was the first city to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Supposedly, the city’s elevation is also too high for there be any malaria transmission (source).

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Egypt

This is probably one of the best known among the country capitals in this list but in case you’re wondering, 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).

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El Salvador

The capital of El Salvador is San Salvador. Fun fact: one of San Salvador’s (many) sister cities is Los Angeles! They’ve been linked as sister ciies since 2005.

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Equatorial Guinea

The capital of Equatorial Guinea is Malabo, located on the island of Bioko. In addition to being capital, Malabo also happens to be the oldest city in the country.

High dynamic range (HDR) View of Malabo Sipopo in Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

The capital of Eritrea is Asmara. Once nicknamed “Little Rome”, the colonial legacy of Italy can still be felt today throughout the city thanks to its many Art Deco and modernist buildings.

Aerial view to Asmara, capital of Eritrea

Estonia

The capital of Estonia is Tallinn. Every five years in July, the city actually hosts one of the largest choral events in the world, the Estonian Song Festival, which draws over 30,000 singers!

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Ethiopia

The capital of Ethiopia is Addis Ababa which also serves as the headquarters of the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

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Fiji

The capital of Fiji is Suva, which also serves as the country’s main port.

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Finland

The capital of Finland is Helsinki. Fun fact: the city’s highest point is a hill known as Malminkartanonhuippu. In other news, I absolutely adore the Finnish language.

Take a break form this countries capital list and check out my 48 hour diary from Helsinki.

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France

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.

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Gabon

The capital of Gabon is Libreville.

Fun fact: In 2008, Gabon was recognized with a Guinness World Record for having the longest serving president in the world – Omar Bongo, who served from 1967 until his death in 2009, amounting to a tenure of 42 years.

You can check out the video below for some clips around the city:

The Gambia

The capital of the Gambia is Banjul, although it was known as Bathurst until 1973 (after Lord Henry Bathurst).

The name Banjul comes from a Mandinka word for specific fibres on the island used for rope. 

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Georgia

The capital of Georgia is Tbilisi.

Its name comes from Old Georgian, and roughly translates to “warm place”, so-named for its famous sulphur hot springs. 

Popular legend says that these hot springs are why a city was constructed in Tbilisi in the first place, dating back to when King Vakhtang I of Iberia went hunting in the area in the 5th century, and discovered the heat of the springs could kill birds instantly when they fell in.

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Germany

The capital of Germany is Berlin, one of my favourite cities in the world!

Berlin is a huge city, with some sources saying it’s actually 9x larger than fellow European capital, Paris.

You’ll find plenty to do in Berlin for tourists, ranging from historic monuments like the former Berlin Wall to quirkier attractions like a museum dedicated to video games. 

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Ghana

The capital of Ghana is Accra, whose name is derived from an old Akan word that means “ants”.

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Greece

The capital of Greece is Athens.

With an expansive history that goes back thousands of years, Athens is not only one of the oldest cities in Europe, but also historically one of the most important capital cities in the world. After all, this is the birthplace of democracy!

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Grenada

The capital of Grenada is Saint George’s.

Fun fact: Grenada is often known as “the Spice Island” thanks to an abundance of plantations for nutmeg, cinnamon, and of course, cacao!

Guatemala

The capital of Guatemala is Guatemala City,

, which covers 267 square miles and is actually the largest city in Central America. 

Antigua Guatemala actually acted as capital for 200 years, but after a devastating earthquake that destroyed the city, Guatemala’s capital was relocated to present day Guatemala City.

national presidential palace guatemala city central america

Guinea

The capital of Guinea is Conakry.

Fun fact: Guinea is actually often called Guinea-Conakry to avoid mixing it up with other countries that have “Guinea” in their names, like Guinea Bissau and Equatorial Guinea.

View of the Grand Mosque in Conakry from a bridge

Guinea-Bissau

The capital of Guinea-Bissau is Bissau.

The city dates back to 1687, when it was built by the Portuguese. 

It didn’t become capital until 1942 though, and has remained so even after the country declared independence.

NOTE: Boe served as de facto capital from 1973-1974, in the period between Guinea-Bissau declaring independence, and having that independence officially recognized.

Guyana

The capital of Guyana is Georgetown.

Very fun and random fact: Georgetown has a peculiar entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s “Most Successful Lawyer”, a title granted to Sir Lionel Luckhoo who successfully got his clients 245 successive murder-charge acquittals from 1940 to 1985.

St George’s cathedral in Georgetown, capital of Guyana

Haiti

The capital of Haiti is Port-au-Prince.

As you can probably tell by the name, it’s also the chief port of Haiti.

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Honduras

The capital of Honduras is Tegucigalpa (try to pronounce that one, folks!), which has the fun nickname of Cerro de Plata or Silver Mountain.

A grand view over Tegucigalpa

Hungary

The capital of Hungary is Budapest, which is known as the thermal bath capital of the world, thanks to the 70 million litres of thermal water produced under the city each day. Even hippos at the zoo bathe in this luxurious bath water (source).

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Iceland

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?

Fun fact: this is the only capital city in the world that has a major puffin breeding colony (source).

Want a break from this list of countries with their capitals? Click here to read about 6 offbeat activities you can do in Iceland.

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India

The capital of India is New Delhi, which is the 2nd most populated city in the world (2nd only to fellow world capital, Tokyo).

Fun fact: Although it is known for being a large chaotic city, 20% of the land mass here is covered in lush greenery (source).

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Indonesia

The capital of Indonesia is Jakarta, although it has gone through over a dozen name changes over the years.

Fun fact: Jakarta loves shopping malls! In fact, there are said to be about 132 scattered around the city (source).

Looking for more Indonesia travel inspo? Read my list of amazing islands in Indonesia to visit.

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Iran

The capital of Iran is Tehran.

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Iraq

The capital of Iraq is Baghdad.

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Ireland

The capital of Ireland is Dublin.

Temple Bar Dublin

Israel

The capital of Israel is Jerusalem.

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Italy

The capital of Italy is Rome.

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Jamaica

The capital of Jamaica is Kingston.

Japan

The capital of Japan is Tokyo.

Of all the capitals in the world I haven’t seen yet, this is the one I want to visit most! After all, it’s the world capital with the most top-rated restaurants on Earth 😉

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Jordan

The capital of Jordan is Amman.

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Kazakhstan

As of 2019, the capital of Kazakhstan is known as Nur-Sultan (formerly called Astana).

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Kenya

The capital of Kenya is Nairobi.

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Kiribati

The capital of Kiribati is Tarawa Atoll.

North Korea

The capital of North Korea is Pyongyang.

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South Korea

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).

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Kosovo

The capital of Kosovo is Pristina.

Kuwait

The capital of Kuwait is Kuwait City.

Kuwait Tower City Skyline glowing at night, taken in Kuwait in December 2018 taken in hdr

Kyrgyzstan

The capital of Kyrgyzstan is Bishkek.

Laos

The capital of Laos is Vientiane.

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Latvia

The capital of Latvia is Riga.

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Lebanon

The capital of Lebanon is Beirut.

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Lesotho

The capital of Lesotho is Maseru.

Liberia

The capital of Liberia is Monrovia.

Libya

The capital of Libya is Tripoli.

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Liechtenstein

The capital of Liechtenstein is Vaduz, known for its distinctive hilltop castle. Fun fact: once a year, all residents of Liechtenstein are invited for a drink at the castle garden in honour of the country’s National Day.

Click here for more photos from my visit to Liechtenstein, or click here to read about why I think Liechtenstein should be on your bucket list.

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Lithuania

The capital of Lithuania is Vilnius, which (fun fact) is home to an independently declared republic known as Užupis. Of all the capital cities I’ve visited in Europe, Vilnius was among the most surprising and I highly recommend visiing if you’re looking for an offbeat city break.

Here are some of the articles that I’ve written about the Lithuanian capital:

Luxembourg

The capital of Luxembourg is Luxembourg City, one of the most underrated capitals in Europe in my opinion. Click here for my guide on the best things to do there!

Madagascar

The capital of Madagascar is Antananarivo.

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Malawi

The capital of Malawai is Lilongwe.

Malaysia

The capital of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur.

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Maldives

The capital of the Maldives is Male.

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Mali

The capital of Mali is Bamako.

Aerial view of Bamako capital of Mali

Malta

The capital of Malta is Valletta.

Here are some Malta articles you might be interested in:

Marshall Islands

The capital of the Marshall Islands is Majuro.

Majuro town centre aerial view, Central Business district, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Oceania, South Pacific Ocean. Delap, Uliga, Djarrit villages. Azure turquoise atoll lagoon, blue tropical skies

Mauritania

The capital of Mauritania is Nouakchott.

The Aerial view to Grand Mosque in Nouakchott in Mauritania

Mauritius

The capital of Mauritius is Port Louis.

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Mexico

The capital of Mexico is Mexico City.

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The Federated States of Micronesia

The capital of the Federated States of Micronesia is Palikir.

Moldova

The capital of Moldova is Chisinau.

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Monaco

Monaco is a city state so there isn’t technically a separate capital city. The capital of Monaco would therefore just be Monaco, home to billionaires, superyachts and the world famous Monaco Grand Prix. It’s still possible to do Monaco on a budget – trust me, I loved it there during my early backpacking days. Click here for a guide on how to enjoy Monaco on a budget.

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Mongolia

The capital of Mongolia is Ulaanbaatar.

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Montenegro

The capital of Montenegro is Podgorica.

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Morocco

The capital of Morocco is Rabat.

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Mozambique

The capital of Mozambique is Maputo.

Maputo train station in Mozambique

Myanmar (Burma)

The capital of Myanmar is Naypyidaw though many citizens still regard Rangoon (Yangon) to be the capital. This mysterious capital city has long enforced strict photography and video laws, so captures of it are rare, but you can check out the video below for a peek at what it looks like:

Namibia

The capital of Namibia is Windhoek.

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Nauru

There is no official capital city in Nauru, although the de facto capital where the government offices are is Yaren.

Nepal

The capital of Nepal is Kathmandu.

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Netherlands

The capital of the Netherlands is Amsterdam although the Hague is where you’ll find the official seat of government.

New Zealand

The capital of New Zealand is Wellington. Click here for a locals’ guide to the city.

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Nicaragua

The capital of Nicaragua is Managua.

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Niger

The capital of Niger is Niamey.

Nigeria

The capital of Nigeria is Abuja.

North Macedonia

The capital of Macedonia is Skopje.

Norway

The capital of Norway is Oslo.

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Oman

The capital of Oman is Muscat.

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Pakistan

The capital of Pakistan is Islamabad.

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Palau

The capital of Palau is Melekeok.

Panama

The capital of Panama is Panama City.

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Papua New Guinea

The capital of Papua New Guinea is Port Moresby.

Paraguay

The capital of Paraguay is Asuncion.

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Peru

The capital of Peru is Lima.

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Philippines

The capital of the Philippines is Manila.

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Poland

The capital of Poland is Warsaw.

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Portugal

The capital of Portugal is Lisbon, a city that I adore! Click here for a helpful guide to mistakes you should avoid in this beautiful city.

Qatar

The capital of Qatar is Doha.

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Romania

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.

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Russia

The capital of Russia is Moscow.

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Rwanda

The capital of Rwanda is Kigali.

Saint Kitts and Nevis

The capital of Saint Kitts and Nevis is Basseterre.

Saint Lucia

The capital of Saint Lucia is Castries.

Government House, Morne Fortune, Castries, Saint Lucia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

The capital of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is Kingstown.

Samoa

The capital of Samoa is Apia.

San Marino

The capital of San Marino is San Marino (haha).

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Sao Tome and Principe

The capital of Sao Tome and Principe is Sao Tome.

Saudi Arabia

The capital of Saudi Arabia is Riyadh.

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Senegal

The capital of Senegal is Dakar.

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Serbia

The capital of Serbia is Belgrade.

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Seychelles

The capital of the Seychelles is Victoria.

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Sierra Leone

The capital of Sierra Leone is Freetown.

freetown the harbour of sierra leone west africa

Singapore

Since Singapore is a city state, it is technically its own capital, which means that the capital of Singapore is Singapore. Click here for a locals’ guide to Singapore!

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Slovakia

The capital of Slovakia is Bratislava.

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Slovenia

The capital of Slovenia is Ljubljana.

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Solomon Islands

The capital of the Solomon Islands is Honiara.

Views of Honiara from a cruise ship, Solomon Islands.

Somalia

The capital of Somalia is Mogadishu.

South Africa

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.

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South Sudan

The capital of South Sudan is Juba.

Spain

The capital of Spain is Madrid.

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Sri Lanka

The legislative capital of Sri Lanka is Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte. Colombo is considered the commercial capital of Sri Lanka and is also the country’s largest city.

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Sudan

The capital of Sudan is Khartoum.

Suriname

The capital of Suriname is Paramaribo.

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Swaziland

The capital of Swaziland is Mbabane.

Downtown of Mbabane – capital city of Swaziland, southern Africa

Sweden

The capital of Sweden is Stockholm, a beautiful city that I highly recommend visiting! Click here to check out my Stockholm photo diary.

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Switzerland

The capital of Switzerland is Bern.

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Syria

The capital of Syria is Damascus.

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Taiwan

The capital of Taiwan is Taipei.

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Tajikistan

The capital of Tajikistan is Dushanbe.

National Museum of Tajikistan in Dushanbe. Central Asia

Tanzania

The capital of Tanzania is Dodoma (declared in 1974), whereas Dar es Salaam was the first capital.

Thailand

The capital of Thailand is Bangkok.

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Togo

The capital of Togo is Lome.

Tonga

The capital of Tonga is Nuku’alofa.

Cathedral in downtown of Nuku’Alofa

Trinidad and Tobago

The capital of Trinidad and Tobago is Port-of-Spain.

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Tunisia

The capital of Tunisia is Tunis.

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Turkey

The capital of Turkey is Ankara.

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Turkmenistan

The capital of Turkmenistan is Ashgabat.

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Tuvalu

The capital of Tuvalu is Funafuti.

Most prominent building on Funafuti atoll is Fetu Ao Lima, Morning Star Church, of the Church of Tuvalu. Tausoa Lima Falekaupule, the traditional meeting house, seen in the back. Polynesia, Oceania.

Uganda

The capital of Uganda is Kampala.

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Ukraine

The capital of Ukraine is Kyiv.

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United Arab Emirates

The capital of the United Arab Emirates is Abu Dhabi.

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United Kingdom

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.

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Uruguay

The capital of Uruguay is Montevideo.

Uzbekistan

The capital of Uzbekistan is Tashkent.

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Vanuatu

The capital of Vanuatu is Port-Vila.

Drone aerial view of Erakor Island, Vanuatu, near Port Vila, and surroundings

Vatican City (Holy See)

Vatican City is a city state and so there is no separate capital city, but it’s tiny and you can easily see it all in half a day. Check out these views:

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Venezuela

The capital of Venezuela is Caracas.

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Vietnam

The capital of Vietnam is Hanoi. The name of this world capital actually means “city inside rivers”.

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Yemen

The capital of Yemen is Sanaa.

Zambia

The capital of Zambia is Lusaka.

Zimbabwe

Finally: the last entry in this capital list! The capital of Zimbabwe is Harare.

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A Full List of World Capitals (Sorted in alphabetical order)

CountryCapital
AfghanistanKabul
AlbaniaTirana
AlgeriaAlgiers
AndorraAndorra la Vella
AngolaLuanda
Antigua and BarbudaSaint John's
ArgentinaBuenos Aires
Armenia Yerevan
AustraliaCanberra
AustriaVienna
AzerbaijanBaku
The BahamasNassau
BahrainManama
BangladeshDhaka
Barbados Bridgetown
BelarusMinsk
BelgiumBrussels
BelizeBelmopan
BeninPorto-Novo
BhutanThimphu
BoliviaAdministrative: La Paz
Judicial: Sucre
Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo
BotswanaGaborone
BrazilBrasilia
BruneiBandar Seri Begawan
BulgariaSofia
Burkina FasoOuagadougou
BurundiBujumbura
CambodiaPhnom Penh
CameroonYaounde
CanadaOttawa
Cape VerdePraia
Central African RepublicBangui
ChadN'Djamena
ChileSantiago
ChinaBeijing
ColombiaBogota
ComorosMoroni
The Republic of the CongoBrazzaville
The Democratic Republic of the CongoKinshasa
Costa RicaSan Jose
Cote d'Ivoire Official: Yamoussoukro
De Facto: Abidjan
Croatia Zagreb
CubaHavana
Cyprus Nicosia
Czech RepublicPrague
DenmarkCopenhagen
DjiboutiDjibouti
DominicaRoseau
Dominican RepublicSanto Domingo
East Timor (Timor-Leste) Dili
Ecuador Quito
EgyptCairo
El SalvadorSan Salvador
Equatorial GuineaMalabo
EritreaAsmara
EstoniaTallinn
EthiopiaAddis Ababa
FijiSuva
FinlandHelsinki
FranceParis
GabonLibreville
The GambiaBanjul
GeorgiaTbilisi
GermanyBerlin
GhanaAccra
GreeceAthens
GrenadaSaint George's
GuatemalaGuatemala City
GuineaConakry
Guinea-BissauBissau
GuyanaGeorgetown
HaitiPort-au-Prince
HondurasTegucigalpa
HungaryBudapest
IcelandReykjavik
IndiaNew Delhi
IndonesiaJakarta
IranTehran
IraqBaghdad
IrelandDublin
IsraelJerusalem
ItalyRome
JamaicaKingston
JapanTokyo
JordanAmman
KazakhstanNur-Sultan (formerly Astana)
KenyaNairobi
KiribatiTarawa Atoll
North KoreaPyongyang
South KoreaSeoul
KosovoPristina
KuwaitKuwait City
KyrgyzstanBishkek
LaosVientiane
LatviaRiga
LebanonBeirut
LesothoMaseru
LiberiaMonrovia
LibyaTripoli
LiechtensteinVaduz
LithuaniaVilnius
LuxembourgLuxembourg
(North) MacedoniaSkopje
MadagascarAntananarivo
MalawiLilongwe
MalaysiaKuala Lumpur
MaldivesMale
MaliBamako
MaltaValletta
Marshall IslandsMajuro
MauritaniaNouakchott
MauritiusPort Louis
MexicoMexico City
Federated States of Micronesia Palikir
MoldovaChisinau
MonacoMonaco (City State)
Mongolia Ulaanbaatar
MontenegroPodgorica
MoroccoRabat
MozambiqueMaputo
MyanmarNaypyidaw
NamibiaWindhoek
NauruNo official capital - de facto capital is Yaren
NepalKathmandu
The NetherlandsAmsterdam
New ZealandWellington
NicaraguaManagua
NigerNiamey
NigeriaAbuja
NorwayOslo
OmanMuscat
PakistanIslamabad
PalauMelekeok
PanamaPanama City
Papua New GuineaPort Moresby
ParaguayAsuncion
PeruLima
The PhilippinesManila
PolandWarsaw
PortugalLisbon
QatarDoha
RomaniaBucharest
RussiaMoscow
RwandaKigali
Saint Kitts and NevisBasseterre
Saint LuciaCastries
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesKingstown
SamoaApia
San MarinoSan Marino (City State)
Sao Tome and PrincipeSao Tome
Saudi ArabiaRiyadh
SenegalDakar
SerbiaBelgrade
SeychellesVictoria
Sierra LeoneFreetown
SingaporeSingapore (City State)
SlovakiaBratislava
SloveniaLjubljana
Solomon IslandsHoniara
SomaliaMogadishu
South AfricaAdministrative: Pretoria
Legislative: Cape Town Judiciary: Bloemfontein
South SudanJuba
SpainMadrid
Sri LankaSri Jayewardenepura Kotte
SudanKhartoum
SurinameParamaribo
SwazilandMbabane
SwedenStockholm
SwitzerlandBern
SyriaDamascus
TaiwanTaipei
TajikistanDushanbe
TanzaniaDodoma
ThailandBangkok
TogoLome
TongaNuku'alofa
Trinidad and TobagoPort-of-Spain
TunisiaTunis
TurkeyAnkara
TurkmenistanAshgabat
TuvaluFunafuti
UgandaKampala
UkraineKyiv
United Arab EmiratesAbu Dhabi
United KingdomLondon
United States of AmericaWashington D.C.
UruguayMontevideo
UzbekistanTashkent
VanuatuPort-Vila
Vatican City (Holy See)Vatican City
VenezuelaCaracas
VietnamHanoi
YemenSanaa
ZambiaLusaka
ZimbabweHarare

Thanks for reading this list of World Capitals!

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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  1. Cool list! This world capital list would be an excellent daily email! Similar to a word of the day- subscribers could get an email with a different world capital and some fun facts about it every day!
    Resubmitting this comment because I don’t think it went through the first time.

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