Can You Name the Capitals of All of the British Commonwealth Countries?

By: Kennita Leon

Originally called Bytown, what is the current name of Canada's capital?

Ottawa, originally called Bytown, is the capital city of Canada. Founded in 1826, the town has since evolved into the political center of Canada and features many historical and heritage sites such as the National War Memorial and the Château Laurier.

Also Kenya's largest city, what is the name of its capital?

Nairobi, Kenya's capital and largest city, is derived from the Maasai phrase "Enkare Nairobi," which translates as "cool water." The town was founded in 1899 and quickly grew to replace Kenya's former city, Machakos in 1907.

The city has been around since the 10th century. What is Cyprus' capital?

Nicosia is the largest city and capital of Cyprus, which dates back to the 10th century. Found in the town are many historical museums such as the National Struggle Museum and the Byzantine Museum, the latter featuring the largest collection of religious icons on the island.

The eighth largest city in the country, do you know what Australia's capital is?

Canberra, Australia's capital city, is the country's eighth largest city overall. It is a planned city and was designed by American architects Marion Mahony Griffin and Walter Burley Griffin, with construction beginning in 1913.

Established in the 19th century, can you tell us the name of Malaysia's capital?

Kuala Lumpur is the national capital and global city of Malaysia, covering an area of 94 square miles, which makes it the largest city in the country. The town was established in 1859 and has since become the financial, economic and cultural center of Malaysia.

Ghana's capital is divided into ten districts. Do you know its name?

Accra is the capital and largest city of Ghana, which is divided into 10 local government districts: nine municipal districts and the Accra Metropolitan District. The town features several landmarks including the Black Square, the State House and Jamestown Lighthouse.

With one of the deepest harbors in the Caribbean, can you name the capital of St. Lucia?

Castries is the capital of St. Lucia and a flood gut built on reclaimed land. It features a large, sheltered harbor where cargo vessels, cruise ships, and ferry boats dock. Landmarks found there include the Derek Walcott Square and the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

Do you know the name of Singapore's capital?

Singapore is an independent city-state covering a total of 279 square miles. Founded in 1819 as a trading post, the country has since evolved into a global hub for education, finance, innovation, technology, manufacturing, tourism, entertainment, transport, and trade.

Which of the options is both Malta's capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

Valetta is the capital city of Malta and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Featured in the municipality is a wealth of Baroque architecture with elements of Neo-Classical, Mannerist and modern architectural styles that reflect its long and rich history.

People often think that India's capital is Mumbai. But what is it really?

India's capital, New Delhi, is an urban district of Delhi where the three branches of the Indian Government are seated. The city is home to many landmarks including the India Gate, a memorial dedicated to 70,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who died in WWI.

This city is the largest in Jamaica, as well as its capital. What is its name?

Kingston, Jamaica's capital, is the largest city in this island nation. There are several parks and gardens in the city such as the Royal Botanical Gardens at Hope, which sits on 2,000 acres of land, making it the largest botanical garden in the English-speaking Caribbean.

This city is also the economic and cultural center of Mauritius. What is its name?

Port Louis, the capital city and the political, economic and cultural center of Mauritius, is also the nation's most populated city with a population of 149,194 as of 2015. There are many colonial buildings such as the Government House, which were built during the 18th century by the French.

Located on the island of Viti Levu, can you tell us what the capital of Fiji is called?

Suva, located on the southeast coast of the island Viti Levu, is the capital and largest metropolitan city in Fiji. The city encompasses a total of 790.5 square miles and features a blend of colonial architectures and modern buildings.

One of the newer cities in Belize, do you know what the capital is?

Belmopan, located in the Cayo District, is the capital of Belize and the smallest capital in the continental Americas by population. It is one of the newest cities in the world, having been founded in 1970 as a planned community.

Containing about 70% of the residents of the Bahamas, what is the name of its capital?

Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas located on the island of New Providence. As of 2016, the city had a population of 274,400, which comprised just over 70% of the island nation's population. It was first to establish in 1670 under the original name of Charles Town.

Bound by four rivers, what's the name of Bangladesh's capital city?

Dhaka is the capital and largest city in Bangladesh and one of the major cities in South Asia. The town sits on 118.39 square miles and is bounded by four rivers namely the Turag River, Dhaleshwari River, Buriganga River, and Shitalakshya River.

A planned city, what's the name of Nigeria's capital, which was only declared a few decades ago?

Abuja is a planned city and the capital of Nigeria since December 12, 1991. Landmarks found in Abuja includes the Zuma Rock, the Abuja National Mosque, the Nigerian Presidential Complex and the Millenium Tower.

Nicknamed the Garden City of the Caribbean, can you tell us what Guyana's capital is?

Georgetown, nicknamed "The Garden City of the Caribbean," is the capital city of Guyana and the country's largest urban center. Founded in the 18th century, the town is located on the Atlantic Ocean coast at the mouth of the Demerara River and covers a total of 30 square miles.

Situated on the Caledon River, what is Lesotho's capital known as?

Maseru, situated on the Caledon River, is the capital and largest city of Lesotho. It was established in 1869 by the British as a small police camp and is currently a major economic hub for the country, with tourism and foreign investments as its primary source of finance.

The twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago are located in the Caribbean. What is the name of the capital city?

Port-of-Spain is the capital city of Trinidad and Tobago, which serves primarily as a retail and administrative center for the twin-island nation. Landmarks found in the town include Independence Square, MovieTowne and the Eric Williams Plaza.

Named after a certain Duke, can you tell us what New Zealand's capital is?

Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand, named after Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington. It is the second most populous urban area of the country and is home to the oldest and largest cultural institutions, including the National Library and the National Archives.

Lake Victoria is one of the attractions in the capital of Uganda. What is its name?

Uganda's capital, Kampala, is the country's largest city and the 13th fastest growing city in the world. There are several attractions in the town including Lake Victoria, the Uganda National Mosque and the Bahá'í House of Worship.

At an elevation of over 5,500 thousand feet, what is the name of Namibia's capital?

Windhoek is the capital and largest city of Namibia, where several government bodies, national enterprises, cultural and educational institutions are found. The town encompasses 1,982 square miles and sits atop the Khomas Highland plateau area, at an elevation of 5,600 feet.

The second largest city in Cameroon is its capital. What is its name?

Yaoundé is the capital of Cameroon and the country's second-largest city after the port city Douala. Places of interest in the town include the Cameroon Arts Museum, the Afhemi museum, the Reunification Monument and the Basilique Marie-Reine-des-Apôtres.

Founded by a German administrator, do you know Rwanda's capital city's name?

Rwanda's capital, Kigali, is the country's largest city, which was founded by German administrator and explorer Richard Kandt in 1907. It is situated within the Province of Kigali City and serves as a major transport, financial and cultural hub for the country.

The largest city in Zambia is also its capital. What is its name?

Lusaka is Zambia's capital and one of the fastest-developing cities in southern Africa. It is the country's largest city, covering 161 square miles, with a population of 1.7 million as of 2010. Landmarks in the city include the Freedom Statue and the Lusaka National Museum.

An island nation in the Caribbean, can you tell us what Barbados' capital is?

Bridgetown, previously The Town of Saint Michael, is the capital and largest city of Barbados. It is located within the parish of Saint Michael and, as of 2014, had a metropolitan population of nearly 110,000. The Chamberlain Bridge is one of the two bridges found in the city.

The capital of Tonga is located on its north coast. Do you know what it is?

Nukuʻalofa is the capital city of Tonga, situated on the north coast of the island of Tongatapu. The town is the location of the Royal Palace and several landmarks and historic sites such as the Free Church of Tonga.

Only around 35,000 people call the capital of Samoa their home. Can you tell us its name?

Apia is Samoa's capital and largest city, encompassing a total of 47.80 square miles. It is situated on the central north coast of Upolu, Samoa's second largest island and, according to a 2011 census, had a population of 36,735.

Just over 1 million people live in Mozambique's capital city. Do you know what it's called?

Mozambique is the capital city of Mozambique and the country's most populated city with a 2017 population of 1,101,170 spread over an area of 134 square miles. The Samora Machel Statue and the Monument of the Great War are two of the city's most famous landmarks.

Just over 100,000 people live in Brunei's capital. Do you know its name?

Bandar Seri Begawan has an area of just 100.4 square kilometers, and it is best known for the lavish Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque and the Royal Regalia Building. The capital of the tiny state of Brunei is located on the northern bank of the Brunei River.

A major port town of Sierra Leone, do you know the actual name of its capital city?

Freetown, Sierra Leone's capital, is a major port town whose economy largely revolves around its harbor. The city is home to an ethnically, religiously and culturally diverse population with architecture reflecting the Caribbean and American influences.

A planned city meant to replace the old capital of Karachi, do you know what its current capital of Pakistan is called?

Islamabad is Pakistan's capital and planned city which was built during the 1960s as a replacement for the former capital, Karachi. The town is renowned for its safety, high standard o living, abundant greenery and architecture such as the Pakistan Monument.

Named after a certain river in Malawi, which of the following is its capital?

Lilongwe, named after the Lilongwe River, is the capital of Malawi and is situated in the central region of the country. The area is divided into the New and Old City; the former houses government buildings, hotels, and embassies, while the latter is home to restaurants, markets and bus stations.

Almost a quarter of a million people call the capital of Botswana their home. What is this city's name?

Gaborone, nicknamed Gabs, is the capital and largest city of Botswana, with a 2011 population of 231,626. Established in 1964, the town was named after Chief Kgosi Gaborone of the Tlokwa tribe and is home to many languages including Setswana, English, Kgalagadi and Kalanga.

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About This Quiz

Known as The Commonwealth of Nations, the Commonwealth includes more than 50 countries. At one point in time or another, these countries were all owned by the British Empire. And although most of them have since gained their independence, they remain members of the Commonwealth. 

They include countries from all around the world from continents like Asia, Europe, Africa, North and South America. But how much do you know about these countries that once belonged to England? Do you know enough about the members to name their capitals in this quiz? We're about to find out!

So we'll give you some information about each of the countries or their busiest/most populous cities. It'll be up to you to choose the name of the capital that is being talked about and match it to its country. Think you can do that? It should be both fun and educative, so what's not to like?

If you think that this is something you can do, or a quiz you think you may be able to ace, let's go ahead and get started on this fun geography quiz. 

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