Can You Correctly Spell the Names of These World Capitals?

By: J.P. Naomi
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About This Quiz

Are you the Queen Bee or King Bee? While king bees may not exist, we want to know if you'll come out on top buzzing through this spelling bee! We're throwing in a mix of geography to find out if you can spell the names of the world's capitals? Can you?!

There are 195 countries in the world, and, thanks to some countries, you'll find over 200 country capitals in the world. With the different languages spoken around the world, you can be sure some capitals have difficult spellings! Can you nail down all of them?

When English is your native language, the capital of the United States, Washington, D.C., is a piece of cake. But what about if you travel to South Africa? While their official language is also English, would you be able to nail the spelling of all three of their capitals? Cape Town might be easy, but what about Bloemfontein?

The people of Cambodia speak Khmer. Could you narrow down the spelling of their two-word capital? Traveling to Iceland, you'd hear the natives speaking Icelandic. Can you pick between their capital of Rykahvich or Reykjavik? 

This world capital spelling bee lies in your hands, but can you buzz your way to the top? Let's find out who the Queen Bee really is!

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of India?

New Dehli is the capital of India and has a population of 257,000 residents. Prior to 1911, the capital of India was actually Calcutta, present-day Kolkata.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Japan?

Tokyo is located in the Kantō region of Japan. It is home to about 13 million residents who are known as Edokko!

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Germany?

Berlin is located in northeastern Germany on the banks of the Spree River and Havel River. It is home to more than 3.6 million people.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Ukraine?

Residents of Kiev are known as Kievans. There are approximately 2.9 million of them! The city was founded in 482 A.D.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Pakistan?

Though the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad is not the largest city. In fact, it is only the 10th largest city in the country. Its population is about 2 million residents.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Australia?

Residents of Canberra are known as Canberrans, and there are 403,000 of them! Situated 154 miles southwest of Sydney, Canberra was established on March 12, 1913.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Brazil?

Brasília was planned and developed by Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer in 1956 to move the capital from Rio de Janeiro to a more central location. Rio de Janeiro is on the coastline while Brasília is inland.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Indonesia?

Jakarta is officially known as the "Special Capital Region of Jakarta." It is located on the northwest coast of the world's most populous island of Java, Indonesia.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Armenia?

Yerevan is the capital and largest city of Armenia. It is considered one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities, since approximately 782 B.C.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Scotland?

Edinburgh is known as Dùn Èideann in Scottish Gaelic. It has been the capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century, and has a current day population of about 465,000 people.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Belgium?

Brussels is historically a Dutch-speaking city, though, ​since the late 19th century, it has seen a shift to French. Today, French is the majority language of this capital city of Belgium.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Honduras?

Tegucigalpa is commonly known as simply Téguz. It is not just the capital of Honduras but also the largest city and was claimed by the Spaniards on September 29, 1578.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Russia?

Moscow is the capital and most populous city of Russia. There are more than 13.2 million residents within the city, which is recognized as the northernmost and coldest megacity on Earth.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Romania?

Bucharest is the largest city in Romania. It became the capital of the country in 1862 and is known as "Little Paris" because of its architecture and sophistication.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Afghanistan?

Kabul is said to be more than 3,500 years old. It is now home to more than 4.6 million people who are known as Kabulis.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Thailand?

Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of the Kingdom of Thailand. In Thai, it is called Krung Thep Maha Nakhon. The governing body of the city is known as Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Greece?

Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. It is home to the Acropolis, Zappeion Hall, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and the Hellenic Parliament.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Peru?

Lima was founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535, as Ciudad de los Reyes. It has a dense population of 9.7 million people within just 9,500 square miles.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of the Bahamas?

Nassau was founded in 1670 as Charles Town. It was rebuilt and renamed Nassau in 1695 in honor of William III of England, Prince of Orange-Nassau.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Jordan?

The city of Amman was named in the 13th century B.C. when the Ammonites called it "Rabbath Ammon." Rabbath, meaning "Capital" or the "King's Quarters," was eventually dropped from the city's name.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Sweden?

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the most populous city of the Nordic countries. The Nordic countries consist of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Norway?

Oslo was founded in 1040 by Harald Hardrada. He was born in Ringerike, Norway, and became King of Norway from 1046 - 1066.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Morocco?

Rabat is located in northwestern Morocco along the Atlantic coastline. The city was founded by the Almohad Ruler Abd al-Mu'min in 1146.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Malaysia?

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and largest city of Malaysia. It was established in 1859 and its name, Kuala Lumpur, is translated to "muddy confluence."

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Portugal?

Lisbon is known as Lisboa in Portuguese. It is the capital and largest city in Portugal with about 552,000 residents. Lisbon is the oldest city in Western Europe.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Ecuador?

Quito is the highest capital city in the world at an elevation of 9,350 feet. It is also the closest capital city to the equator. It was founded on December 6, 1534, by Sebastián de Belalcázar.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Egypt?

Cairo is known as Al-Qāhirah in Arabic. It was founded in 969 A.D. by Jawhar al-Siqilli. Its nickname is The City of a Thousand Minarets.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Belarus?

Minsk was founded by the Early East Slavs in 1067 and has a current population of about 1.9 million people. The city is located on the Svislach and Nyamiha Rivers.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Uruguay?

Montevideo is the southernmost capital city in the Americas. It is located along the south coast of Uruguay and was established in 1724 by Bruno Mauricio de Zabala, a Spanish soldier.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of the Philippines?

Manila is known as Lungsod ng Maynilà in Filipino and has a current day population of 1.7 million people. It was founded on June 24, 1571 by Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Saudi Arabia?

Riyadh has a population of 6.5 million residents and is divided into 14 different municipalities. The center of the city, Al-Bathaa and Al-Deerah, is also its oldest part.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Iceland?

Reykjavík is the capital and largest city in Iceland. It is the world's northernmost country capital, even though it is located on the county's southwest coastline.​

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Democratic Republic of the Congo?

Situated on the Congo River, Kinshasa was once a fishing and trading village. It is now populated with 11 million residents and is the official capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of China?

Beijing was formerly known as Peking and is located in northern China. It was established in 1046 B.C. and has a population of 21.7 million people.

Which is the correct spelling of the capital of Georgia?

Founded in the 5th century A.D. by Vakhtang I Gorgasali, Tbilisi is the capital and largest city of Georgia. It sits on the banks of the Kura River which flows from Turkey, through Georgia, and on to Azerbaijan.

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