9 Obscure Capital Cities ...


However well you think you know geography, every now and then you come across the name of a city that you’ve never heard of.

Some of these are from former Soviet republics that have become (or reverted to) independent countries, others are from tiny countries that get no coverage in Western news.

So here are some capital cities that you have probably never heard of …

1. Jamestown


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I bet you could spend years trying to find this capital on a map.

It’s on the remote island of St Helena, a British overseas territory, which is known for being the site of Napoleon’s exile and death.

At present, the island is only accessible by boat, although an airport is planned

2. Tegucigalpa


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This is the capital of Honduras.

No, I’d never heard of it either (Tegucigalpa, not Honduras).

I’m not even sure how it’s pronounced – care to have a go yourself?

3. Vaduz


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Vaduz is the capital of the tiny German-speaking principality of Liechtenstein.

This country is so small that it has no airport and only one hospital.2

It also has the rare distinction of being only one of two countries in the world that is surrounded by other landlocked countries.

Can you guess the other?

No googling …

4. Ashgabat


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No, not Azkaban, Ashgabat.

This city might sound as though it belongs in a Harry Potter novel, but is actually the capital of Turkmenistan, a former Soviet republic.

Ashgabat does sound delightfully exotic, like something out of a fantasy novel, but is probably colonised by McDonalds and Burger King, just like everywhere else.

5. Castries


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The Caribbean island of St Lucia has Castries as its capital.

Formerly a French, then British colony, St Lucia is now independent but remains part of the Commonwealth.2

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