The Top 5 Unknown Capital Cities

 green01   November 3, 2012

Every now and then, a tricky question comes your way in a Quiz, and lots of them are around capital cities of countries. We all know the Capital of France is Paris and the Capital of Russia is Moscow, but there are some countries which slip past us, and you realize; wait! I don’t know the capital to that country, or you thought you did. Here are 5 of the most popular mistakes with capitals of countries. We’ll go through what people usually associate with country and what their capitals actually are.



Ottawa – Source

Canada holidays are great fun and the country has a unique culture blended between French and Canadian traditions. When people think of the capital city for Canada, they often think of Quebec City as it was previously the capital in the 17th Century for a short period of time. The actual capital of Canada is in fact Ottawa, which is Canada’s second largest city. Canada also has people associate Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver as the capital on occasion!



Canberra – Source

Australia is the classic example of capital cities that people struggle with. Australia may be one of the largest countries in the world, but it has a relatively small population, with people gathering in a few main cities. Most people will know that the capital is not Sydney, because this is such a classic example of misconception. From here however, people sometimes have a toss-up between Melbourne and Perth. The actual capital however is Canberra, so now you now!



Morocco – Source

Morocco is situated in northern Africa and has a diverse mix of inhabitants including a large French & Arabic population. Morocco is famous for the markets and vibrant lifestyle but lots of people are often wrong about the relatively unknown capital city. It is usually thought to be Marrakech, as this is a popular tourist destination that seems to be the hub of Morocco. The main markets and tourist attractions may be in Marrakech, but the actual capital is Rabat.



Switzerland – Source

Switzerland is another country with a little known capital city. Situated next to the French Alps, the country is popular connection point for keen adventure holiday enthusiasts. The country is known for their precision and long tradition surrounding horology, the practice of crafting fine timepieces and watches. The capital of Switzerland is often thought to be Geneva as that is where the main airport is and where lots of tourists like to visit. However, the capital of Switzerland is in fact Bern.



Brazil – Source

Brazil is the final country we will visit on this list. Brazil is home to a huge population and is the biggest country in South America. A fair number of tourists visit Brazil and there is a significant amount of press surrounding the country, but yet the capital city is still always mistaken. The vast majority of people are adamant that it is Rio de Janeiro but it is actually Brasilia. Did you know that?

I hope you may have learnt something from this list and you are not full to the brim of geographical pub quiz ammunition for when a question like this comes up.

Guest blogger Steve is a travel writer for Canadian Sky, who specialize in luxury Canadian holidays.

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