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Closest Capital City Pairs

Enter the nearest capital city to each capital city listed below.
  • Closest capital city of a different country
  • Answer must correspond to highlighted box
  • As the crow flies
  • Quiz by hardforgeography - Oct 21, 2016
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Enter answers in the area marked "Enter national capital here".

For this quiz, the answer must correspond to the yellow box. You can move the yellow box by clicking the cell you want to move to, or by using the arrow or tab keys.

Punctuation and capitalization don't matter on JetPunk.

Capital
Nearest Other
Washington DC
Buenos Aires
London
Helsinki
Athens
Beijing
New Delhi
Capital
Nearest Other
Baghdad
Rome
Panama City
La Paz
Cairo
Lisbon
Copenhagen
Capital
Nearest Other
Moscow
Reykjavík
Tokyo
Damascus
Taipei
Kingston
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level 67
Nov 25, 2012
Interesting
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level 71
Sep 30, 2015
If you found this interesting you may enjoy this quiz I made:

Adjacent Capital Pair Superlatives
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level 16
Dec 11, 2012
very interesting quiz! 100%
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level 53
Jan 28, 2013
that was a great quiz!!! really had to use the brain. How about try nearest large city?? or nearest US capitals
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level 40
Jan 28, 2013
I'm pretty sure, Cardiff is closer to London than Brussels...
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level ∞
Jan 29, 2013
Yes and Washington D.C is closer to Annapolis, Maryland.
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level 6
Jan 29, 2013
Cardiff is the capital of Wales
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level 29
Feb 23, 2013
Good riposte :)
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level 23
Jun 5, 2013
LOL
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level 29
Jan 21, 2015
OWNED by the QuizMaster
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level 63
Sep 10, 2015
Good one.
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level 58
Mar 11, 2013
And Wales is part of the UK, the capital of which is London.
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level 46
May 17, 2013
cardiff and london are in same country (UK)
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level 49
Jan 20, 2018
Tell a Welshman that...
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level 55
Jan 22, 2018
Well this Welsman knows that Wales is part of the UK
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level 40
Jan 28, 2013
And Lisbon is closer to Madrid than Rabat... 348 miles as to 316 miles as the crow flies.
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level ∞
Jan 29, 2013
This time, however, you are correct. I don't know how I screwed that one up. Fixed the quiz and reset the stats. Thanks!
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level 33
Jan 28, 2013
Very interesting.
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level 48
Jan 28, 2013
Much harder than I thought it would be and some unexpected answers!
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level 67
Jan 28, 2013
ageed. Quite difficult.
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level 66
Jan 28, 2013
I'd like to see another, bigger one of these. Including a few more difficult capitals might be good too.
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level 17
Jan 28, 2013
London's only the capital of England, not Britain, so it should be closest to Cardiff.
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level 38
Jan 29, 2013
London is the capital of the UK. Also, this quiz deals with capitals of soverign states and Wales is not a soverign state.
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level 43
Apr 7, 2014
There's always one......
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level 72
Sep 3, 2014
actually there are usually about 3 or 4
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level 65
Apr 11, 2016
Make that 6 or 7
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level 59
Nov 12, 2016
Well, despite most people being able to work it out, in DobbyDies' defence, the notes here do stipulate 'Closest capital city of a different country', not 'Closest capital city of a different sovereign state'. Here on Jetpunk, there have been many instances where the two have been clearly and separately defined.
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level 69
Oct 9, 2015
What about Winchester? That's even closer than Cardiff, and nothing says it has to still be the capital of a country which still exists
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level 49
Jan 20, 2018
I always thought of Wessex as a kingdom more than a country. It was when I lived there at least.
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level 69
Jan 28, 2013
Brilliant, absolutely brilliant!
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level 39
Jan 30, 2013
Sucre, 435 miles is closer to La Paz than Lima, 680 miles. There is nothing in the description that says they can't be from the same country.
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level 38
Jan 31, 2013
Ye, I had avoided countries like that to avoid ambiguity exactly like this but this was added in by the admin guy after I submitted it.
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level 73
Jan 31, 2013
Loved this, but I could've used another minute or two! Great job.
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level 31
Feb 1, 2013
You should except Kuwait for Kuwait City.
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level 25
Feb 13, 2014
I'm with geoman2. Kuwait alone should be accepted as well.
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level 43
Mar 8, 2014
Yes, I tried that too..
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level 29
Aug 15, 2015
you seem to have my username
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level 19
Feb 2, 2013
Nice quiz! I think there should have been more time, though
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level 47
Mar 9, 2013
I think you should also accept Tel Aviv for Jerusalem, because while Tel Aviv is not their recognized capital, the majority of the outside world recognizes it as Israel's capital.
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level 37
Apr 20, 2013
I've never seen or heard anyone/anything call the capital of Israel Tel-Aviv. It's like calling the capital of the US New York City.
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level 64
Aug 22, 2013
The UN and many other countries do not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and thusly many foreign embassies are located in Tel-Aviv not Jerusalem.
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level 65
Mar 10, 2014
Hardly any other country than the US recognizes Jerusalem...
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level 72
Sep 3, 2014
I consider myself pretty good at geography, and up until this quiz, I always thought Tel Aviv was the capital of Israel.
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level 38
Oct 3, 2015
Countries are free to choose their own capital thankfully. That's not UN mandated. Just because some activists at the UN want to send a political message, doesn't mean Jerusalem isn't the capital of Israel.
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level 58
Sep 30, 2015
Kept wondering why it didn't accept Tel Aviv or Ramallah.
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level 52
Jan 20, 2018
I didn't get Jerusalem because I thought it was Tel Aviv. I don't agree with Jetpunk using Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
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level 53
Jan 20, 2018
agreed NB. Isnt Tel Aviv the captial?
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level 55
Jan 21, 2018
That's so funny! No! Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel since its founding back in 500 BCE. I think Tel Aviv is just more recognizably Israeli, so people guess that.
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level 55
Jan 21, 2018
That's actually incorrect. Other countries who are confused as to where the Israel's government has been located. (Jerusalem since 500 BCE), place their embassies in Tel Aviv simply because it's the closest city to Jerusalem. It's not because their ignorant and don't know that the Israeli government is in Jerusalem.
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level 34
Apr 8, 2013
how didn't i think of vatican city! got all but that one! feel very stupid
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level 43
Mar 21, 2014
Very good, interesting consept!
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level 36
Apr 1, 2014
That Rome question almost tripped me up
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level 21
Apr 22, 2014
Reykjavik is really tricky!
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level 50
Oct 24, 2014
Yeah, I tried writing all Scandinavian capitals at first and, no one was correct! Then I thought, what is wrong here?
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level 77
May 20, 2014
Very smart to forget about both Canada and the Vatican. I tried all of Balkans and North Africa for Rome. Should've tried Valletta too but didn't think of that one.
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level 50
Oct 24, 2014
Got them all with 00:05 left. It took me a long time to think about Taipei and Reykjavík ones.
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level 34
May 29, 2015
Great quiz! I really need to work on my South American capitals.
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level 56
Sep 30, 2015
I was stuck on Rome forever...it was a tricky question
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level 60
Sep 30, 2015
how did i not get panama
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level 53
Oct 1, 2015
First try, no warm up.
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level 68
Oct 1, 2015
one of the funnest quizzes I've ever completely failed
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level 65
Apr 11, 2016
Good quiz, enjoyed that,........ By the way, if you find this quiz easy, try my........ 'Mal's European Closest Capitals Hopscotch' ..........quiz
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level 67
Sep 15, 2016
Totally blew the Rome one. I was guessing every capital and getting mad they were not working. Duh!
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level 48
Jun 15, 2017
Good quiz. It would make it much better if you could find the distances and get them to appear after the capital is guessed, so as not to give it away. Well done though.
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level 40
Jul 13, 2017
I liked this one got them in a good time as well well pleased
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level 49
Jan 20, 2018
On the next one, you should put 'Tel Aviv' as the clue and have the answer 'Jerusalem', that'd stir up the whole Israel and Palestine debate.
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level 20
Jan 20, 2018
You should have Kinshasa/Brazzaville, since that's the closest pair of capital cities in the world (they're right across a river from each other, you can literally see one from the other)
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level 45
Jan 20, 2018
What about Rome and the Vatican City? You can literally step from one to the other.
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level 47
Jan 20, 2018
I keep forgetting that Toronto is not the Capital of Canada........
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level 32
Jan 22, 2018
Not trying to be too political, but is there any reason why tel aviv is not recognised here as the capital despite it being recognised by most UN municipalities as the defacto capital until Israel-Palestine sort their desputes which will be never? I think it's only the US and Israel that consider it to be the capital yeah?
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level 71
Jan 22, 2018
It's not a de-facto capital at all. The official functioning capital of Israel is Jerusalem. The Knesset is in Jerusalem. Foreign embassies are in Tel Aviv, but the capital of a country, de facto or otherwise, is not defined as where foreign embassies are located. The only reason embassies are located in Tel Aviv is to avoid pissing off Muslim countries that don't want to recognize Israeli control over Jerusalem.
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level 72
Jan 22, 2018
Yeah, not sure why this is so hard. Israel gets to choose the location for their capital, not the UN and not anyone else. And it's in Jerusalem. Kalbahamut is 100% right that the embassy locations are all about pressure from Muslim countries.
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level 57
Jan 22, 2018
Hey! What gives! None of these places is closest to Paris!.... Ohhh, sorry, title said "Closest Pairs."
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Jan 25, 2018
Hahaha I did the same thing
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Jan 25, 2018
Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel, Jerusalem is in the Palestinian Territories, although some may argue Palestine is under Israeli rule, Palestine is a United Nations observer state, giving it the same status at Vatican City, and as you recognize the Vatican as a country (hence the answer to the Rome question) you must recognize Palestine.
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