If We Give You a Capital City, Can You Pick the Country?

By: J. Reinoehl
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About This Quiz

Most quizzes give you the country and expect you to figure out the capital, but we wanted to do it a little differently. Do you know which countries these capitals belong to? Take this quiz to find out!

Paris is the capital of which country?

“He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo. Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic. Nothing is more sublime.” ― Victor Hugo

Dublin is the capital of which country?

Dublin is well known for its nightlife and contains over 1,000 pubs, but it has fewer pubs per head than any other European capital. Dublin is home to The Brazen Head pub, which opened in 1168.

Beijing is the capital of which country?

“In the States, you can buy Chinese food. In Beijing, you can buy [a] hamburger. It's very close. Now, I feel the world [has] become a big family, like a really big family. You have many neighbors. Not like before, [where] two countries [were] far away.” –Jet Li (Li Lianjie), CNN interview January 29, 2003

Mexico City is the capital of which country?

Mexico City was founded by the Aztecs in the middle of a lake as Tenochtitlan. Although the Spanish destroyed the Aztec city, they built Mexico City on top of its ruins, using the same roads and canals.

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

“The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn't for any religious reasons. They couldn't find three wise men and a virgin.” ― Jay Leno

Jakarta is the capital of which country?

Jakarta is among the top ten least costly cities to live in, worldwide. The GDP per person is $10,259.

London is the capital of which country?

“Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” ― Samuel Johnson, "The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D." Vol. 3

Havana is the capital of which country?

Ernest Hemingway, an American author, spent many years during the '40s and '50s living in Cuba. His favorite Havana hangouts were La Bodeguita and El Floridita. Both taverns contain Hemingway memorabilia.

Stockholm is the capital of which country?

“When I first encountered the name of the city of Stockholm, I little thought that I would ever visit it—never mind end up being welcomed to it as a guest of the Swedish Academy and the Nobel Foundation.” –Seamus Heaney, Irish poet, playwright, translator and winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature

Budapest is the capital of which country?

Esztergom was the capital of the Hungarian Empire until the 13th century. King Béla IV moved the Royal Seat to Buda in 1241, during the Mongolian invasion. Modern Budapest is a combination of three cities: Buda, Óbuda, and Pest.

Moscow is the capital of which country?

“Moscow is the city where if Marilyn Monroe should walk down the street with nothing on but shoes, people would stare at her feet first.” –John Gunther, journalist and author of "Death Be Not Proud" and the “Inside” series.

Baghdad is the capital of which country?

Baghdad city proper is home to more than 7 million people. It was the site of the largest human mosaic in 2015: A giant Iraqi flag was formed from 4,200 people.

Buenos Aires is the capital of which country?

"The history of Buenos Aires is written in its telephone directory. Pompey Romanov, Emilio Rommel, Crespina D. Z. de Rose, Ladislao Radziwil, and Elizabeta Marta Callman de Rothschild - five names taken at random from among the R's—told a story of exile, desolation, disillusion, and anxiety behind lace curtains.'' –Bruce Chatwin, travel writer best known for his book "In Patagonia"

Ottawa is the capital of which country?

Queen Victoria of Britain chose Ottawa as the capital of Canada in 1857. During winter, the Rideau Canal is the world’s longest skating rink, with a track almost 5 miles (7.8 km) long.

Warsaw is the capital of which country?

“First, Poland has been again overrun by two of the great powers which held her in bondage for 150 years but were unable to quench the spirit of the Polish nation. The heroic defense of Warsaw shows that the soul of Poland is indestructible, and that she will rise again like a rock which may for a spell be submerged by a tidal wave but which remains a rock.” –Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Cairo is the capital of which country?

The Saladin Citadel was built on the eastern edge of Cairo by Saladin in 1176 as a fortress against foreign attacks. Today it houses mosques and museums.

Jerusalem is the capital of which country?

“Ten measures of beauty were created in this world; nine were taken by Jerusalem and one by the rest of the world. Jerusalem is a beauty unparalleled.” –Babylonian Talmud

Seoul is the capital of which country?

Banpo Bridge is the world’s largest bridge fountain, according to the Guinness World Records. The Moonlight Rainbow Fountain that was a part of its construction contains over 10,000 LEDs to create the spectacle that is best viewed at night..

Singapore is the capital of which country?

“Singapore is what your city could become if everyone obeyed the rules, did their jobs diligently, and just shut up. When your city gets to be this paragon of efficiency and discipline, would you still want to live there? Singapore is a model city, which is terrific if you happen to be a model human.” ― Jessica Zafra, Twisted Travels

New Delhi is the capital of which country?

The wholesale fruit and vegetable market located at Azadpur is the largest one in all of Asia. It contains over 30,000 vendors.

Tokyo is the capital of which country?

“Tokyo would probably be the foreign city if I had to eat one city’s food for the rest of my life, every day. It would have to be Tokyo, and I think the majority of chefs you ask that question would answer the same way.” –Anthony Bourdain

Cape Town is the capital of which country?

The most famous landmark in Cape Town in the Castle of Good Hope, which was built between 1666 and 1679. It was initially built as a place to replenish Dutch ships traveling from the Netherlands to Indonesia (the Dutch East Indies).

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of which country?

“I don't know if you're familiar with Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. You step outside the hotel, and you're soaking wet within 10 minutes." –Craig Fairbrass

Nassau is the capital of which country?

There are about 700 islands that make up the Bahamas. Nassau is the largest city in the country, but it is located on the 11th largest island.

Copenhagen is the capital of which country?

“If Copenhagen were a person, that person would be generous, beautiful, elderly, but with a flair. A human being that has certain propensities for quarrelling, filled with imagination and with appetite for the new and with respect for the old - somebody who takes good care of things and of people.” –Connie Nielsen

Amman is the capital of which country?

There are nearly 2.5 million people living in Amman. It is among the top three Arab cities for the number of regional offices for multinational corporations.

Reykjavik is the capital of which country?

“I have always felt that I was different from others… Even when I was thrashed it was of no concern to me; I could tuck Reykjavik under my arm and go away with it.” ―Halldór Laxness

Bern is the capital of which country?

Switzerland is known for its chocolate, among other things, but two Swiss men from Bern invented world-famous sweets: Theodor Tobler invented the triangular Toblerone bar in 1908, and Dr. Alber Wander invented Ovaltine in 1904.

Abu Dhabi is the capital of which country?

“The ruler, any ruler, is only there to serve his people and secure for them prosperity and progress. To achieve this, he should live among his people to feel their wishes and know their problems, and this cannot be achieved if he isolates himself from them.” -Sheikh Zayed, founder of the United Arab Emirates

Hanoi is the capital of which country?

Hanoi was first called Thang Long when Ly Thai To renamed the Dai Lai Citadel as the first ruler of the Ly Dynasty. When the Ming Dynasty took the city in 1408, it was renamed Dong Quan and then renamed Tonkin when the Vietnamese reclaimed it. Minh Mang renamed it “Ha Noi” in 1831 and the French kept the name when they took over in 1883.

Canberra is the capital of which country?

"When you’re asked/told to come to Canberra by your Prime Minister, in the country I grow up in, you obey that." –Andrew Forrest, former CEO of Fortescue Metals Group, Australian businessman and philanthropist

Zagreb is the capital of which country?

Zagreb is home to more museums per person than any other city in the world. Unique offerings include the Museum of Broken Relationships, the Mushroom Museum, the Typhological Musuem (for the visually impaired) and the Museum of Illusions.

Brasilia is the capital of which country?

“I like and respect Brasilia very much. It is a simple city, a rational one. I always defend the urban design of Brasilia.” –Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect who helped develop modern architecture and who designed Brasilia’s civic buidings

Ankara is the capital of which country?

Ankara proper has a population of 4.6 million. Joe Strummer (Joe Graham Mellor), lead singer of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band the Clash, was born in Ankara.

Road Town is the capital of which country?

The British Virgin Islands are self-governing but use the American dollar as currency and are considered an overseas British territory. International chains are banned on the island, to protect its local charm.

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