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Moved Capital Cities

Sometimes countries change their capital city. We give you either the old or the new capital. You guess the other.
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Last updated: August 2, 2019
First submittedJanuary 16, 2018
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Year
Old
New
1997
Almaty
Astana (Nur-Sultan)
1991
Lagos
Abuja
1990
Bonn
Berlin
1918
Saint Petersburg
Moscow
1912
Fez
Rabat
1868
Kyoto
Edo (Tokyo)
1772
Kandahar
Kabul
1443
Roskilde
Copenhagen
1436
Uppsala
Stockholm
1421
Nanjing
Beijing
Year
Old
New
2005
Yangon
Naypyidaw
1996
Dar es Salaam
Dodoma
1970
Belize City
Belmopan
1960
Rio de Janeiro
Brasília
1983
Abidjan
Yamoussoukro
1982
Colombo
Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
1923
Istanbul
Ankara
1865
Auckland
Wellington
1800
Philadelphia
Washington D.C.
330
Rome
Constantinople
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level 72
Jan 16, 2018
Accept Belize for Belize City?
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level ∞
Jan 16, 2018
Ok
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level 71
Jan 17, 2018
I like the quiz but not the Colombo-Sri... I am still not convinced that Colombo shouldn't be considered the capital of Sri Lanka
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level 72
Jan 17, 2018
Agreed
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level 56
May 30, 2018
Even if the Sri Lankan government (i.e. the people who would know these things) state that the capital of their country is in Kotte?
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level 79
May 30, 2018
But the current capital is more or less an area carved out of the former one. It's as if the US moved the Capital to Georgetown. The Metro area would still be Washington DC Looking at google maps it's 9.8 kms from city center to city center. For a metro area of 5.5 million I imagine that the drive between the center of one to the other is continuous urban development.
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level 55
May 30, 2018
Everyone in Sri Lanka says the capital is SJK, and while it is a district of Colombo it is very much separate. If you go there you will find that the two are quite different. Probably best to trust the Sri Lankan government on this one.
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level 39
Jun 5, 2018
No, best NOT to trust the ones trying to peddle a nonsense for their own vested interests. The resident government is trying to convince someone that its capital is new and separate. Its not. The government buildings in Colombo were replaced with new ones in a different suburb of Colombo. Is the capital of the US Capitol Hill? No,it's Washington. Is the capital of London Westminster? No, its London. Colombo is the city and capitals are a city, not a district, not a suburb, not a street. Trying to say SJK is a separate, new city is a bureaucratic fantasy. Other countries have tried to do the same thing - New Delhi is a suburb of Delhi. Quezon City is a suburb of Manila. Putrajaya is a suburb of Kuala Lumpur. None of these should be questions in this quiz because the capital is still in the same city.
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level 48
Jun 6, 2018
SJK is the capital of Sri Lanka, which is a suburb of Colombo. But they are two different municipal areas officially, having separate mayors and they are from two different political parties.
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level 82
Jan 18, 2018
Finland? The capital was moved from Turku to Helsinki in 1812. Admittedly, we weren't independent then yet.
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level 64
Jan 24, 2018
The list has never claimed to be complete. ;-) Let's throw in another random one: Prussia 1701 Königsberg to Berlin (Or I propose to focus only on countries which exist today. Skipping Prussia but also the 330 answer. ;-) )
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level 58
May 30, 2018
Im pretty sure about 6 cities was the capital of the us between philadelphia and dc. Annapolis, trenton, princeton, baltimore and new york comes up straight away and im pretty sure there is some more.
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level 79
May 30, 2018
You have to look at the date. U.S. capital was Philadelphia from 1790-1800, then moved to D.C. Other countries on this list have had multiple previous capital cities as well (Nara/Heijo, Nagaoka, Fujiwara, etc. in Japan, Luoyang, Chang'an, etc. in China).
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level 66
May 30, 2018
If we have "Constantiople" as a clue for the name of the city as it was at that time (330), then Petrograd should also be given as it was the name of St. Petersburg in 1918. Also, please accept Peking for Beijing.
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level 59
May 30, 2018
Even Constantinople is not really right, since the city was known as Byzantium when the capital was moved. But I agree that there should be some consistency
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level 67
May 30, 2018
Well done to the quizmaster. That's one of the more interesting quizzes on this site.
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level 58
May 30, 2018
Got them all with 1:29 remaining. I had to make some educated guesses for some of them.
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level 57
May 30, 2018
Am I incorrect in believing that the actual capital of the Roman Empire was Ravenna? I thought Rome was only the cultural capital. I may very well be mistaken, though. Nice quiz though. (I know this list isn't complete, but any sequels should have Krakow and Warszawa) :)
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level 51
May 30, 2018
I'm not sure that the idea of a Capital existed in the Roman Empire. I suspect the capital was wherever the Emperor happened to be. Some Emperors moved around a lot (the aggressive ones); others were more sedate (Nero - fiddling !) But certainly there is evidence that once Alaric sacked Rome, Ravenna was more usually regarded as the capital. Of course this may all be a degree of bullsh1t, but some is correct Nice quiz - one day i will remember Astana. My trouble I am astill with Alma Ata, for Almaty
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level 70
Nov 13, 2019
Very late in the history of the (Western) Roman Empire, Ravenna was indeed the capital.
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level 34
May 30, 2018
Great idea for the quiz, thank you!
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level 17
May 31, 2018
Actually, the first Brazilian capital was Salvador in 1549. Then in 1793 it was transffered to Rio.
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level 53
Jun 1, 2018
I think Rio also became the capital of Portugal for a short period after this. Would be an interesting one for the list, i believe it is the only capital of a European country to be outside Europe.
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level 50
Jun 2, 2018
Actually the capital was moved from Salvador to Rio in 1763
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level 77
Jun 4, 2018
It doesn't say anywhere that the "old" capital is the first capital of these places.
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level 64
Nov 10, 2019
Accept Constantinople for Istanbul? The city wasn't renamed until 1930.