Quiz on capital cities

Joy Bhattacharjya | Updated on April 20, 2018 Published on April 20, 2018

If you were referred to as a ‘Carioca’, you would be a resident of which city?   -  Reuters

58 years after Brasilia, Brazil’s new capital was officially inaugurated, here's a quiz on capital cities

1 Which Indian State capital, inaugurated in 1949 and designed by the German planner Otto Köenigsberger, derives its name from Shiva, the lord of the three worlds?

2 This Central American country’s capital always alternated between the cities of León, regarded as a liberal base, and conservative Granada. Finally, in 1852, the capital was established in a third city as a compromise. Name the country and the city.

3 Many countries have their judicial and administrative functions spread over a couple of cities. But South Africa is unique in having three different capital cities for various functions. While the administrative capital is in Pretoria and the judicial capital is in Bloemfontein, which city houses the legislative capital?

4 The three capital cities at the highest altitude are all in South America — La Paz, Quito and Bogota, all comfortably above 8,000 ft. The next highest capital city is in Africa. Name the city and the country.

5 If you were referred to as a ‘Carioca,’ of which former capital city would you be a resident?

6 After the creation of Uttarakhand from the northern part of Uttar Pradesh in November 2000, Dehradun became its administrative capital. But in which city would you find the Uttarakhand High Court?

7 The Danube is the second longest river in Europe and flows through four capital cities. Three of them are Vienna, Budapest and Belgrade, the capitals of Austria, Hungary and Serbia respectively. Which is the fourth?

8 The American Civil War saw the Southern States break up and establish their own capital city. After a brief period in Montgomery, Alabama, which city served as the capital of the Confederate Forces?

9 According to legend, which European city got its name from the first animal the founder Berchtold V, the Duke of Zähringen, encountered in a hunt?

10 Which capital city boasts the world’s busiest metro station, used by more than 3.6 million people every day?


1. Bhubaneswar, from Tribhubaneswar; Cuttack was the former capital

2. Nicaragua and Managua

3. Cape Town

4. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Thimphu comes next at 7,657 ft

5. Rio de Janeiro. The word literally means ‘white man’s house’ in the local Tupi dialect

6. Nainital

7. Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia

8. Richmond, currently the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia

9. Bern, the capital of Switzerland; the Duke encountered a bear

10. Tokyo; Shinjuku station has over 200 exits

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Published on April 20, 2018
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