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Capital Relocation

Enter the previous capital before it was relocated
Include temporary or interim capitals before the relocation
Some capitals were moved before the nations became independent countries
Last updated: April 30, 2014
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Year
Country
From
To
1596
Poland
Kraków
Warsaw
1628
Barbados
Jamestown
Bridgetown
1776
Afghanistan
Kandahar
Kabul
1784
Trinidad and Tobago
San Jose
Port of Spain
1800
United States
Philadelphia
Washington, D.C.
1812
Finland
Turku
Helsinki
1818
Saudi Arabia
Diriyah
Riyadh
1834
Greece
Nafplion
Athens
1857
Canada
Québec City
Ottawa
1858
Cape Verde
Cidade Velha
Praia
1865
New Zealand
Auckland
Wellington
1868
Japan
Kyoto
Tokyo
1872
Jamaica
Spanish Town
Kingston
1877
Ghana
Cape Coast
Accra
1880
Honduras
Comayagua
Tegucigalpa
1897
Togo
Aneho
Lome
1907
Bhutan
Punakha
Thimpu
1911
India
Calcutta
New Delhi
1918
Russia
St Petersburg
Moscow
1923
Turkey
Istanbul
Ankara
1927
Australia
Melbourne
Canberra
Year
Country
From
To
1930
Uzbekistan
Samarkand
Tashkent
1939
Lithuania
Kaunas
Vilnius
1946
Montenegro
Cetinje
Podgorica
1949
Republic of China
Nanking
Taipei
1949
Indonesia
Yogyakarta
Jakarta
1961
Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
Brasilia
1965
Botswana
Mafeking
Gaborone
1966
Pakistan
Rawalpindi
Islamabad
1970
Belize
Belize City
Belmopan
1970
Oman
Salalah
Muscat
1974
Guinea Bissau
Madina do Boe
Bissau
1974
Malawi
Zomba
Lilongwe
1975
Laos
Luang Prabang
Vientiane
1983
Côte d'Ivoire
Abidjan
Yamoussoukro
1989
Federated States of Micronesia
Kolonia
Palikir
1991
Nigeria
Lagos
Abuja
1996
Tanzania
Dar es Salaam
Dodoma
1997
Kazakhstan
Almaty
Astana
1999
Germany
Bonn
Berlin
2005
Myanmar
Rangoon
Naypyidaw
2006
Palau
Koror
Ngerulmud
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level 65
Jul 16, 2013
That's odd. Typing Calcutta or Rangoon doesn't work, even though those are the versions you go by. I had to type Kolkata and Yangon to get them. And how about accepting Alma-Ata for Almaty?
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level 55
Jul 16, 2013
Fixed
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level ∞
Jul 26, 2013
Nice quiz!
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level 58
Mar 24, 2014
On Turku; please add Åbo (or Abo) as an alternative since the city has both Finnish and Swedish as official languages.
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level 54
Apr 29, 2014
Maybe accept Saint Petersburg for St Petersburg. Nice quizz otherwise
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level 44
Jun 2, 2015
I typed in Bon without other N...
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level 75
Aug 14, 2018
Sri Lanka began moving government institutions from Colombo to Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte in 1982. Although the move is still in progress, and Kotte is actually part of metropolitan Colombo, Jetpunk recognizes Kotte as the capital of Sri Lanka, and does not accept Colombo.
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level 59
Jan 3, 2019
This just in: https://qz.com/africa/1507779/burundi-moves-capital-from-bujumbura-to-gitega/
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