Paris, London, Tokyo, Rome or Moscow. What do these cities have in common? We all know where they are and what countries they are capitals of. But have you ever heard of Ougadougou or Bandar Seri Begawan? Believe it or not, these strangely sounding cities are capitals as well. And there is a lot more of them in the world. Here is a list of 25 unique capitals that you have probably never heard of but really exist. Are you familiar with at least one of them? Well, congratulations if you are.
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South Tarawa is the capital and hub of the Republic of Kiribati and home to approximately half of Kiribati’s total population. The city itself consists of a string of islets between the Tarawa Lagoon to the north, with a maximum depth of 82 feet, and the Pacific Ocean to the south, with a depth of up to 13,000 feet.
Ljubljana is the capital and largest city of Slovenia (not to be confused with Slovakia whose capital is Bratislava). Located in the middle of a trade route between the northern Adriatic Sea and the Danube region, Ljubljana is the center of the country´s industry, scientific and research institutions and cultural traditions. The city architecture is a mix of styles and despite the appearance of large city buildings, especially at the city’s edge, Ljubljana’s historic center remains intact.
With a population of almost 1.5 million, Ouagadougou is the capital of Burkina Faso, West Africa. The city is also the administrative, communications, cultural and economic center of the country. Main city´s landmarks are The Bangr-Weoogo urban park, La Place du Grand Lyon and the Ouagadougou Cathedral.
Located on the coast of the Persian Gulf, Doha is the capital city of Qatar. Doha is home to the headquarters of the country’s largest oil and gas companies, including Qatar Petroleum, or RasGas. The city´s economy is built on the revenue the country has made from its oil and natural gas industries but the Qatari government is trying to diversify the economy in order to move away from its dependence on oil.
Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia, Northeast Europe. With almost 700,000 inhabitants it is the largest city of the Baltic states. Riga’s historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, noted for its Art Nouveau architecture and 19th century wooden architecture.