When I was in elementary school, one boy in my class knew every single capital of all fifty states. Not only did he know that, but he also knew every president – in order – and where they came from. I’m not sure what else he knew at such a young age, or how he knew it, but I bet that if he took this quiz here, he’d get 23/23. While I haven’t kept in touch with him over the years, I would not doubt if he earned a Ph.D. in World Geography.
Playbuzz has devised the following geography quiz to challenge the masses to see “how many world capitals” they know. It is not an easy quiz. And many people are disappointed with the results. Perhaps, this quiz should be a requirement for government officials?
Either way, scroll to the bottom to take this quiz. Tell us how you did in the comment section below. And if you’re interested, we’re going to go through some fun facts about the various capitals of the world!
With so many places to see in the world, all with unique histories, and geography, it is not possible to know all of it. But to have a wide breadth of knowledge is essential to a worldly existence.
Of all the countries included in the quiz, South Africa might have the strangest story. It doesn’t have just one capital city.
“South Africa has three capital cities, Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Cape Town. Each of these cities holds one branch of the government,” Reference.com writes. “Pretoria, located in the northeastern part of the country, is home to the executive and administrative areas of the government. Bloemfontein, which is more centrally located, is where the judicial branches of the government can be found. Cape Town, which is on the west coast, is home to the legislative branch of the government. It is very common for the largest town in a country to be the capital, but that is not the case in South Africa. Johannesburg, the largest city by population, is only the capital of the province it is located in.”
Vienna, which is the capital of Austria, is home to about 1.8 million people and the largest city in the country. Because of its legendary history, Vienna is considered the “City of Music”. But that’s not the only title it gets. Vienna is known as the “City of Dreams” because it was home to the first psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. It’s found roots pull from both Celtic and Roman settlements that transformed during the Middle Ages to become the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Iran’s capital is Tehran. More than 9 million people live in this city today, but back in the 13th century, it was destroyed by Mongols. Agha Mohammad Khan of the Qajar dynasty first chooses Tehran as Iran’s capital in 1796 to remain close to Iran’s territories in the Caucasus. Iran has plans to relocate the capital to another area because of massive air pollution and the city’s exposure to earthquakes.
Now that you know some more about capitals in the world, take the quiz.
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