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World Capitals Deepest in Country's Territory

Can you guess the capital cities with the greatest distance from their country's borders, the sea or international lakes?
Thanks to scambigol for the quiz idea.
Quiz by georgekotz
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Last updated: September 15, 2022
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First submittedSeptember 23, 2017
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km
Continent
Capital
872
South America
Brasilia
401
Europe
Moscow
397
Africa
Addis Ababa
373
Africa
Khartoum
364
Asia
Riyadh
355
Africa
Abuja
339
South America
Bogota
336
Africa
Dodoma
km
Continent
Capital
319
South America
Sucre
291
Asia
Astana
280
Asia
New Delhi
263
Africa
Windhoek
246
Europe
Madrid
246
North America
Mexico City
212
Africa
Pretoria
195
Asia
Ulaanbaatar
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Level 75
Sep 23, 2017
Thanks for the quiz and thanks for the mention!
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Level 75
Sep 23, 2017
Like it :)
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Level 60
Sep 24, 2017
Great quiz!
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Level 73
Sep 26, 2017
Thanks! I appreciate your feedback! :)
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Level 58
Nov 28, 2017
Damn good quiz
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Level 73
Nov 29, 2017
This is great. It really should be featured!
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Level 84
Dec 6, 2017
nice quiz, georgios
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Level 73
Dec 7, 2017
Efharisto, kal! :)
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Level 65
Feb 26, 2018
Great quiz. I missed 3 in Africa. I thought Canberra would be on here but it turns out its only about 110km inland.
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Level 77
Jun 26, 2018
150 km actually, but still not far enough to make this quiz.
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Level 83
Jun 26, 2018
I make it 105 km to the mouth of the Clyde River at Bateman's Bay.
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Level 71
Nov 18, 2020
Oops, I accidentally forgot that Abuja, not Lagos, is the capital of Nigeria :P
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Level 67
Nov 18, 2020
Same. That's the only I missed. I even tried Lagos, even though I know it's right by the water.
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Level 55
Oct 12, 2022
I forgot South Africa had more than one capital, so I forgot Pretoria. I tried Cape Town even though, as its name suggests, it's by the ocean...
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Level 57
Feb 26, 2018
Can you accept Ullan Bataar?
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Level 28
May 25, 2018
And Dhelli and Brassalia?
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Level 73
Nov 17, 2019
And Mmosscssckchkhaoouww?
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Level 55
Nov 19, 2020
I mean That's actually a reasonable request (Ullan Bataar) because Ulaanbaatar is the normal spelling, sometimes with 2 as at the end or 1 a in either of the spots, it can be spelled as anything like this: Ulaanbaatar, Ulaan Baatar, Ulaanbaator, Ulaan Baator, Ulaanbator, Ulaan Bator, Ulanbaatar, Ulan Baatar

Ulanbaator, Ulan Baator, Ulanbator, Ulan Bator. So I think adding an extra l isn't so unreasonable as adding an extra l to dheli or s to brasilia. (brasilia not brasalia).

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Level 71
Jun 17, 2018
challenging one! Pretoria was a tricky one
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Level 84
Jun 26, 2018
Nice quiz! Good challenge level.
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Level 48
Jun 26, 2018
ah, i went for La Paz instead of Sucre
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Level 28
Jun 26, 2018
It is the capital in all but name. The parliament, government and central administration are all in La Paz. Only the Supreme Court is in La Paz.
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Level 83
Jun 26, 2018
You might want to edit that. I assume you mean Sucre in the second sentence.
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Level 55
Nov 19, 2020
We consider them both the capital, not just sucre. It's just that Sucre is further in than La Paz, which is near the border.
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Level 71
Jun 26, 2018
Good quiz, interesting idea. Just getting into the swing of things as my time ran out.
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Level 69
Jun 26, 2018
How far are Yamoussoukro, Harare, Naypyidaw and Ankara from anything?
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Level 73
Jun 26, 2018
Those are all near misses, with distances in the 180-190 km range, from the Gulf of Guinea, Mozambique, Thailand and the Black Sea respectively.
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Level 69
Oct 11, 2022
Thanks for checking! :)
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Level 79
Jun 26, 2018
Sucks to miss both countries that (technically) have multiple capitals because you guessed the wrong one. Oh, well. Next time.
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Level 55
Oct 12, 2022
I had the same thoughts previously and next time was correct. I got the South American one this time. Still no luck on the African one.
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Level 83
Jun 26, 2018
In my head Tehran was much deeper inside Iran than it actually is (less than 100 km from the Caspian coast). Was surprised Ankara didn't make it, but I see it's a near miss.
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Level 77
Jun 11, 2019
Astana has changed its name to Nur-Sultan
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Level 70
Oct 13, 2022
It had been called Astana, then switched to Nur-Sultan, but on September 17th of this year it was changed back to Astana. Fun fact: Astana means capital city in Kazakh.
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Level 52
Dec 10, 2019
cape town is nearer to water bodies it is also the capital of south africa
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Level 67
Nov 18, 2020
Saying that Cape Town is "near" to a body of water, while technically true, feels like a bit of an understatement!
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Level 67
Nov 18, 2020
Awesome quiz!
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Level 55
Nov 19, 2020
Can you specify that it may use capitals in countries with multiple capitals?
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Level 27
Dec 7, 2020
From Ankara's city center it is 195 km away from the nearest coast. I don't know the methodology used but i think it should be added.
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Level 73
Dec 9, 2020
I used Google Earth's circle tool to measure the distance. After rechecking with Google Maps' distance tool, I get a distance of 186 km to the sea near Alapli, Zonguldak Province.
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Level 59
Jul 28, 2021
Only missed pretoria
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Level 63
Dec 3, 2021
Could've sworn Windhoek was on the coast

guess i was wrong

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Level 72
Oct 14, 2022
"Windhoek" actually translates as "Capital city with the greatest distance from the country's borders, the sea, or international lake" in Namibian.
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Level 61
Jan 24, 2022
Did anyone else type countries? It took my 3 minutes to figure out that I had to type capitals. I was so confused as to why countries like Brazil weren’t working.
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Level 56
Oct 13, 2022
Yep, I couldn't believe that none of my answers were correct.
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Level 48
Oct 11, 2022
Just found out Nursultan is actually called Astana. Pretty interesting...
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Level 57
Oct 11, 2022
Same here. I thought it was a mistake at first lol
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Level 70
Oct 13, 2022
It had been called Astana, then switched to Nur-Sultan, but on September 17th of this year it was changed back to Astana.
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Level 52
Oct 11, 2022
When I picked the wrong South African capital 😭
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Level 35
Oct 11, 2022
I was guessing the countries instead of the capitals. After trying 10 countries I gave up and realised I'm stupid. Great quiz!!