Published On: November 11th, 2023Categories: MSN

Test Your Geography Knowledge With This World Capital Challenge

Test Your Geography Knowledge With This World Capital Challenge

We’re back with another quiz to prove Americans aren’t as disastrous at geography as everyone says. This time, we’ll see how many world capitals you know.

We’ll make it a bit easy by showing you the capitals to see if you can name the country, instead of the other way around. 

We’ll also stick to better known cities, although we’d like to make you guess that Funafuti is the capital of Tuvalu. It just sounds like a happy place where you eat birthday cake for breakfast.

Keep track of your score on our world capitals quiz, and we’ll let you know if you’re a geography whiz or a global disgrace. There are 75 capitals to guess. Good luck!

Abu Dhabi

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United Arab Emirates

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Accra

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Ghana

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Amman

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Jordan

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Amsterdam

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The Netherlands

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Ankara

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Turkey

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Asuncion

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Paraguay

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Athens

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Greece

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Baghdad

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Iraq

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Bangkok

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Thailand

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Beijing

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China

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Beirut

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Lebanon

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Belgrade

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Serbia

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Berlin

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Germany

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Bern 

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Switzerland

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Bogota

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Colombia

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Brasilia

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Brazil

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Bratislava

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Slovakia

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Brussels

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Belgium

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Bucharest

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Romania

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Budapest

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Hungary

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Buenos Aires

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Argentina

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Cairo

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Egypt

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Canberra

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Australia

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Caracas

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Venezuela

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Copenhagen

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Denmark

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Damascus

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Syria

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Dhaka

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Bangladesh

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Doha

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Qatar

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Dublin

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Ireland

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Hanoi

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Vietnam

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Havana

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Cuba

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Helsinki

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Finland

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Islamabad

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Pakistan

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Jakarta

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Indonesia

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Kabul

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Afghanistan

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Kathmandu

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Nepal

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Kuala Lumpur

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Malaysia

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Kyiv

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Ukraine

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La Paz

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Bolivia

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Lima

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Peru

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Lisbon

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Portugal

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London

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United Kingdom (or England)

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Madrid

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Spain

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Managua

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Nicaragua

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Manila

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Philippines

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Minsk

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Belarus

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Mogadishu

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Somalia

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Montevideo

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Uruguay

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Moscow

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Russia

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Nairobi

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Kenya

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New Delhi

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India

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Oslo

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Norway

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Ottawa

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Canada

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Paris

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France

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Phnom Penh

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Cambodia

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Port au Prince

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Haiti

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Prague

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Czech Republic

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Pretoria, Bloemfontein, and Cape Town

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South Africa

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One capital isn’t enough for South Africa. Pretoria is the administrative capital, while Cape Town is legislative, and Bloemfontein is judicial.

Pyongyang

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North Korea

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Quito

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Ecuador

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Rabat

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Morocco

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Reykjavik

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Iceland

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Riyadh

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Saudi Arabia

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Rome

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Italy

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San Jose

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Costa Rica

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Sarajevo

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Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Seoul

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South Korea

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Stockholm

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Sweden

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Tehran

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Iran

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Tokyo

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Japan

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Tripoli

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Libya

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Vienna

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Austria

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Warsaw

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Poland

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Wellington

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New Zealand

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Zagreb

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Croatia

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Give yourself a point for each capital you got correct. Let us know how you did in the comments!

65 or more: Capital idea! You’re the best of the best with a knack for knowing the world.

45-64: Capital gains. A solid showing that’s well above average.

25-44: Human capital. You’re a regular American doing your best.

24 or less: Capital punishment. It’s time to dust off the globe and learn your way around.

Are Americans Terrible at Geography? Name These Countries

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It’s been a running joke for decades that Americans are bad at geography. Anyone who’s seen people try to name a country on Jimmy Kimmel Live! knows how few average people can identify countries on a map, but we’re not much better at naming states, either.

We’ll make it easier here and ask you to name the country by a famous landmark. Give yourself one point for each country you can name. At the end, we’ll tell you if you’re a geography whiz or… an average American.

Are Americans Terrible at Geography? Name These Countries

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Jen Barnett Expatsi
Co-founder at Expatsi | Website | + posts

Jen is the co-founder of Expatsi, a company that helps Americans move abroad. She created the Expatsi Test, an assessment that recommends countries for aspiring emigrants based on lifestyle data. Jen has an MBA from Emory University with concentrations in marketing and innovation. She's written for BusinessWeek, Health, Cooking Light, and Southern Living. Prior to Expatsi, she created Freshfully and Bottle & Bone—two businesses in the local food space—and spoke at TEDx on being brave. She's moving to Mexico in 2024, along with her husband and co-founder Brett, pitbull mix Squiggy, and three rotten cats. How can she help you move abroad?