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Most Remote Capital Cities

Name the capital cities of the world that are the farthest away from any other country's capital.
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Last updated: June 15, 2019
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First submittedMay 14, 2014
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Distance
Continent
Capital
2,324 km
Oceania
Canberra
2,324 km
Oceania
Wellington
1,903 km
Asia
Dili
1,684 km
Oceania
Ngerulmud
1,493 km
Europe
Reykjavik
1,463 km
Americas
Brasilia
1,396 km
Oceania
Port Moresby
1,343 km
Africa
Victoria
1,277 km
Oceania
Palikir
1,263 km
Asia
Bandar Seri Begawan
1,253 km
Oceania
Honiara
Distance
Continent
Capital
1,167 km
Asia
Ulaanbaatar
1,163 km
Asia
Manila
1,163 km
Asia
Taipei
1,152 km
Asia
Tokyo
1,138 km
Americas
Santiago
1,076 km
Americas
La Paz
1,076 km
Americas
Lima
1,073 km
Oceania
Port Vila
1,073 km
Oceania
Funafuti
1,059 km
Americas
Mexico City
52 Comments
+7
Level 46
May 29, 2014
Fun quiz.
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Level 82
Jun 5, 2014
I knew I was going to miss most of those Pacific Island ones.
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Level 90
Jun 5, 2014
Yep . . . I got Port Moresby, but that was it for Oceania.
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Level 82
Jun 9, 2014
I did a bit better than that but still missed more than I should have.
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Level 50
Jun 5, 2014
Haha, missed Tokyo, Manila and Tapei, but got Ngerulmud.

I thought Beijing is closer to Tokyo than to Pyongyang or Seoul. My bad.

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Level 63
Jun 5, 2014
I was suprised to not see DC on the list
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Level 91
Jun 5, 2014
Ottawa's not that far away.
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Level 82
Jun 9, 2014
732 km
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Level 53
Jun 5, 2014
My situation was that the Oceania capitals were the only ones I got. :P
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Level 69
Jun 5, 2014
Can you also add Melekeok for the capital of Palau please? That's the only reason I missed it, and I can't be bothered to learn the spelling of that Ngerlamud place :P
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Level 69
Jun 6, 2014
Melekeok is either a wee town outside of Ngerulmud, or the state that Ngerulmud sits in. It's not the capital city.
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Level 61
Mar 5, 2017
Well, in comparison to Ngerulmud itself, Melekeok is a sprawling metropolis - but still not the capital.
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Level 69
Jun 6, 2014
Surprised Malé wasn't on the list - anyone know what it might be close to?
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Level 82
Jun 9, 2014
It's pretty close to Colombo, Sri Lanka.
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Level 46
Apr 21, 2018
Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte
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Level 82
Aug 7, 2019
^which is part of the Colombo metro area.
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Level 56
Aug 7, 2019
I think you meant Sri J[insert any string of gibberish here]pura. It's an accepted type-in at Jetpunk.
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Level 59
Aug 7, 2019
The accepted type in is normally just Kotte, and in this case Colombo is the type in, JetPunk generally recognizes Sri Oahbsaobhaeoibheio Kotte as the capital.
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Level 67
May 28, 2021
Sjk is also accepted
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Level 52
Jun 10, 2014
I was thinking about Moscow.
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Level 57
Aug 22, 2014
Tuff but fun. Is there one for LEAST remote capitals?
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Level 83
Oct 6, 2016
There are a few about closest pairs etc
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Level 70
Jul 3, 2017
I like the fact that one Capital City is in the middle of another Capital City......... Vatican in Rome.
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Level 59
Aug 7, 2019
Yeah, in a geography bee there was a question about the two closest capitals in Europe, and I put Vatican City and Rome, my teacher explained it different each time, once as it isn't technically a country by the UN, just an observer. Another time he said that it was too small to have a capital. Great teacher though. Apparently the answer was Vienna, Austria and Bratislava, Slovakia.
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Level 82
Aug 7, 2019
The top 2 answer pairs are both featured on my Adjacent Capital City Superlatives quiz if you want to look it up. I'm feeling too lazy to link to it right now.
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Level 34
Sep 1, 2014
What is Kiribati's capital close to?
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Level 83
Dec 1, 2015
Yaren, Nauru, at 705km. Yaren is also the nearest capital to Palikir, which does make the list.
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Level 59
Feb 5, 2021
Delap-Uliga-Djarrit, or as it is commonly called, Majuro, in the Marshall Islands, is closer by about 40 km (664 km to Bairiki/South Tarawa)
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Level 74
May 25, 2016
I didn't realize that Tokyo, Taipei and Manila are so remote. When Beijing wasn't right, I gave up on the whole area.
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Level 49
May 27, 2016
i tried writing Sucre thinking it would be more remote than La Paz, does anyone know the distance between Sucre and the nearest capital?
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Level ∞
Oct 17, 2016
1044 km to Asuncion
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Level 81
Mar 13, 2023
...but it's only 414km from La Paz to Sucre, so unless I've missed something, La Paz shouldn't be on here either?
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Level 85
Apr 10, 2023
You've missed the instructions... "any other country's capital".
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Level 49
May 15, 2023
I think you should accept Sucre for La Paz, because either one is normally accepted in the capital quizzes. I usually type in Sucre because it's faster to type than La Paz, so when it didn't accept Sucre, I left Bolivia and went looking at other countries...
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Level 51
Dec 8, 2016
16/21 good quiz
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Level 57
Jun 15, 2019
The capital of Palau - Ngerulmud, isn't in Asia. It's in Oceania.
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Level ∞
Jun 15, 2019
Fixed
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Level 74
Aug 7, 2019
Great quiz 0:06
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Level 53
Aug 7, 2019
La Paz is not the capital of Bolivia, only the seat of government.
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Level 59
Aug 7, 2019
It's one of the capitals of Bolivia, both La Paz and Sucre are the Capitals, it may not be what the UN thinks but the UN doesn't recognize The Vatican, Kosovo or Taiwan as countries either.

JetPunk just normally accepts multiple capitals for some countries, (ie: South Africa, Bolivia).

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Level 68
Aug 8, 2019
I'm feeling remote now,
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Level 70
Feb 13, 2020
Speak up!
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Level 79
May 28, 2021
Finished with 2:26 remaining!
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Level 70
May 28, 2021
The Americas aren't really a continent but rather the combined landmass of the continents of North America and South America.
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Level 66
Apr 24, 2023
In many countries, Americas is considered one continent.
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Level 64
May 31, 2021
For some strange reason, I have always thought that the capital of the Solomon Islands was spelled "Honaria." Now I know that it is not right, but you usually allow lots of "almost but not quite right" type ins for answers, so I was wondering if you could accept this. I am sure this works on other quizzes on this site.
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Level 63
Dec 21, 2021
Nur-sultan?
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Level 63
Dec 21, 2021
nevermind i just remembered bishkek exists lol
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Level 65
Apr 10, 2023
Bolivia tripped me up. Didn't realize two capitals of the same country do not cancel each other out. Perhaps add a caveat?
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Level 63
Apr 10, 2023
No need for a caveat. It’s already in the instructions: “any other country’s capital.”.
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Level 33
Apr 12, 2023
Isn't Taipei just a random city in China? Isn't the capital of China Beijing? How is Taiwan even considered a country if only 12 countries out of around 200 countries recognize Taiwan? Even the US doesn't recognize Taiwan.
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Level 47
Apr 14, 2023
i guessed auckland and sydney, i feel so stupid🙃