Can You Name the Capital from a Country's Outline?

By: Khadija Leon
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About This Quiz

With almost 200 countries and territories in the world, each country has its own capital city which, in most cases, is the center for finance, culture, economics, trade and healthcare. It is also thought to be the most populated city in the country as well as the most visited by tourists. There are some countries, like Sri Lanka, Yemen, Bolivia and Tanzania which have more than one capital city, each serving a specific purpose.

In our world geography class, many of us were forced to learn not only these countries' names, but also their capitals, their locations and neighbors, the language spoken and sometimes their populations. While some of us enjoyed taking this class, it was a bit of a struggle for others. How much of it do you actually remember?

How well do you know the outlines of the different countries of the world? If you were given an outline of these countries, would you be able to tell us their city capitals?  Will you identify them correctly, or will you be going back to your high school geography books? The only way to test your knowledge is to take this quiz! When you're done, ask your former classmates and friends to take the quiz!

The Czech Republic is a Central European country bordered by Germany, Slovakia, Austria and Poland. The country’s capital and largest city is Prague which has an estimated population of 1.2 million people.

Officially called the Arab Republic of Egypt, this country is a transcontinental nation and is located in both Asia and Africa. The country is known for its monuments, like the Great Sphinx, the Valley of Kings and Giza Necropolis. Its capital is Cairo which is also the largest city in the country.

Mexico is a federal republic of 31 states located on the southern tip of North America. Its capital is Mexico City and although it is one of the most important financial centers in the Americas, it is also a major tourist destination.

The Republic of Serbia is a Central European country bordered by Croatia, Bosnia, Hungary and Bulgaria. Its capital, Belgrade, is home to the Kalemegdan Fortress, the Cathedral of Saint Sava and the Nikola Tesla Museum.

Afghanistan is a landlocked Asian country known for having two main languages, Pashto and Dari. The capital of Kabul is also the largest city and is located in the eastern part of the country.

Japan is an island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, just off the eastern coast of Asia’s mainland. The capital of Japan is Tokyo and it is the most populated metropolitan area in the world.

Greece, which is also known as Hellas, is a Southern European country bordered by many seas. The country’s capital is Athens which is the largest city in Greece and one of the oldest in the world.

South Korea is an East Asian country which has one of the highest standards of living in the world. Its capital, Seoul Capital Area, has an estimated population of 25 million and is the country’s leading center for finance and culture.

The United States of America is composed of 50 states and has an estimated population of 325 million people. The capital is Washington D.C. (not to be confused with Washington the state) and is home to the White House and the Washington Monument.

Hungary is located in Central Europe and is bordered by Slovakia, Romania and Austria amongst many other countries. Its capital, Budapest, is the largest city and is known for its Parliament building as well as the Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

Denmark is a Nordic country which is just south of Norway. The country’s capital is Copenhagen and is known as one of the most visited cities in Europe. Some of its most popular attractions include, Nyhavn, Tivoli Garden and Christiansborg Palace.

Canada is a country located in North America and is the second-largest country in the world by area. The capital of this country is Ottawa, which is the location of its three largest areas, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.

The Kingdom of Thailand is a country located in Southeastern Asia and is home to more than 69 million people. Its capital and most populated city is Bangkok and is known for having monuments such as the Grand Palace and Rama VIII Bridge.

The Oriental Republic of Uruguay is a South American country bordered by Argentina and Brazil. The Spanish-speaking country’s capital is Montevideo and it is also the largest city in the country.

The Argentina Republic is a South American country bordered by Chile, Paraguay and Brazil. The capital, Buenos Aires, is the most populated city in Argentina and is home to La Boca and Casa Rosada.

Brazil is the largest South American country and is the world’s fifth largest country by area. Its capital is Brasilia and it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its unique architecture.

The Netherlands, also known as Holland, is a Western European country bordered by Germany and Belgium. One of the largest cities and the capital is Amsterdam, which is home to the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum and Efteling.

Monaco is a country and city-state located on the French Riviera in Western Europe. The capital is also called Monaco and it is most famously known for the Monte Carlo Casino and the Prince’s Palace of Monaco.

The People’s Republic of China is a sovereign state located in East Asia and is the most populated country in the world. The country’s capital is Beijing and it is the center of the country’s (and the world’s) fastest growing economy and exporter.

Iceland is a Nordic island located in the Northern Atlantic Ocean. It has a population of fewer than 400, 000 people. Reykjavik is the country’s largest city and capital and is also its cultural, governmental and tourist center.

The Commonwealth of Australia consists of the main continent, the island of Tasmania and a number of smaller islands. The country’s capital is Canberra which is also the location of the largest city, Sydney.

Fiji is an island country located in the South Pacific Ocean, just northeast of New Zealand. The capital of Suva, which is located on the southeast coast, is the island's largest city and also has the country’s largest port and fashion capital.

The Co-operative Republic of Guyana is a South American country considered to be a part of the Caribbean. Its capital is Georgetown and is the largest city in the country as well as the location of the Demerara River.

The Republic of Austria is a landlocked Central European country bordered by Germany to the north and Italy to the South. The capital and largest city is Vienna and is the location of Hofburg Palace, and the Austrian Parliament.

The Republic of Finland is a Nordic country located in Northern Europe and is bordered by Sweden, Russia and Norway. The country’s capital is Helsinki is and is home to Suomenlinna, the beaches a Aurinkolahti and Sanoma.

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is a South American country bordered by Colombia, Guyana and Brazil. The country has some of the most diverse species in the world, some of which are found in its capital, Caracas.

New Zealand is an island county located in the Pacific Ocean, southwest of Australia. The country’s capital is Wellington, while its most populated city is Auckland. The country is predominantly known for rugby but is also known for the Tongariro National Park and the Sky Tower.

Jamaica is an island in the Caribbean and is the fourth-largest of all the islands. This honeymoon destination’s capital is Kingston and has popular sights like the Bob Marley Museum and the Blue Mountains hiking trails.

The Republic of Turkey is a transcontinental country that sits in both Europe and Western Asia. It is bordered by eight countries and its capital of Ankara has a population of just over 4 million people.

The Republic of Singapore is both a city-state and island country located in Southeast Asia just south of Malaysia. The city’s capital is also named Singapore and is a hub for global commerce, technology and finance.

Belgium is a Western European country bordered by France, the Netherlands, Germany and the North Sea. Its capital of Brussels is a major tourist destination, bringing in hundreds of thousands of tourists every year to see its Grand Place, Atomium and Manneken Pis.

Pakistan is a country located in South Asia and with a population of 209 million people. It is also the fifth most populated country in the world. Islamabad is its capital and is home to the Faisal Mosque and the Pakistan Monument.

Iraq is a country in Western Asia bordered by Turkey, Kuwait and Iran. The country’s capital and largest city is Baghdad which is home to the Swords of Qadisiyah monument and the Al-Kadhimiya Mosque.

The Republic of Kenya is an East African country which sits on the equator and is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. Its capital and largest city is Nairobi and is known for being the home of the Karen Blixen Museum and Hell’s Gate National Park.

Norway is a sovereign state bordered by Sweden, Finland and Russia. The country’s capital and most populated city is Oslo and it is home to Vigeland Sculpture Park, Akershus Fortress and the Viking Ship Museum.

Switzerland is a country located in Western-Central Europe. It is bordered by France, Germany and Italy. Its capital of Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is ranked among the top ten cities for having the best quality of life.

The Republic of Madagascar is an island located in the Indian Ocean, along the Eastern coast of Africa. It is known for being home to many rare indigenous animals, some of which are found in the capital of Antananarivo.

Cuba is an island located in the Caribbean. It is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The capital of Cuba is Havana and it is the most populated city in the country.

France is a Western European country bordered by Switzerland and Belgium. Its capital, which is sometimes called the city of love, is Paris and it brings in millions of visitors every year.

Germany is a central-western European country bordered by Denmark, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, France and Belgium. Its capital, Berlin, is the largest city in Germany and has monuments like the Berlin Wall Memorial and the Brandenburg Gate.

The Republic of Indonesia is a transcontinental country that consists of more than 13,000 islands. The city’s mainland capital is Jakarta and it has a population exceeding 10 million.

The Republic of Poland is a Central European country bordered by Germany, the Ukraine, Belarus, Slovakia and Lithuania. The country’s capital is Warsaw and it is the ninth most populated city in European Union.

Sweden is Scandinavian country bordered by Norway and Finland. Its capital is Stockholm which is known for the chain of islands called the Stockholm archipelago, the Stockholm Palace and Old Town.

Kazakhstan is the largest landlocked country in Central Asia and the world. The country, which is known for its oil/gas industry, has a capital city named Astana which has a population of just over 1 million.

Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country bordered by Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia. The capital city, Kuala Lumpur, is known for its monuments which include the Petronas Twin Towers and the Kuala Lumpur Tower.

Portugal is a country located in southeastern Europe and is bordered entirely by Spain and the Atlantic Ocean. The country’s capital of Lisbon is also its largest city and has a population of 3 million people.

The Ukraine is an Eastern European country bordered by Belarus, Russia, Poland, Hungary and the Black Sea. It is the largest European country and its capital and largest city is Kiev (Kyiv).

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