What does a Capital City Mean?

Every country has many many cities. All these cities are special to that country and have their own importance in one way or the other. But often one city is called the capital. For instance, capital of United States of America  is Washington, D.C. Capital of India is New Delhi. Capital of United Kingdom is London.

So what is so unique about the capital city?

The capital city, often called the capital,  is the one from where the  government of a country functions. All prominent offices like parliament or the highest court of justice are situated in the capital. All leaders and officials work in the capital city. Thus, capital city has homes of all the important leaders.

There are also some other interesting things to know about a capital city.

  • Capitals are usually large cities but not always the largest city in a country.
  • Some countries have more than one capital. Bolivia has two capital cities, and South Africa has three.
  • Some tiny countries (more commonly known as a city-state) have the country itself as the capital. Like Monaco and Vatican city in Europe, Singapore in Asia.
  • Nauru, a tiny island country in the south pacific ocean does not have a capital.
  • Some countries change capitals from time to time.
  • Capitals can be in cities that always existed in the country. Sometimes new cities can be built to make them the capital like Canberra.

Just like there are country capitals, every state also has a capital.

Now you understand the importance of capital cities, so I have a question for you. What is the capital of the world? Yes, there are unofficial world capitals also.  It has to be the world’s most influential city. Throughout history the world capitals have changed depending on their importance in that era. It was all Rome in the first century as it reached a million people. Constantinople (now Istanbul) in the fifth century. In seventh century Chang’an (now Xi’an) in China emerged as the world capital. Baghdad grabbed that position in the tenth century. Aztecs’s Tenochtitlan, ruled at the end of the 15th century. Of course, London was thriving as the world’s most happening city in the 19th-century (the first city to reach 5 million people).

So, What is the world’s capital today? Do find out and let us know.

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10 responses to “What does a Capital City Mean?”

  1. Ben Joan Avatar
    Ben Joan

    There are some good facts but there needs to be more or a conclusion to sum it up.

  2. kinooze Avatar

    Thanks for bringing that to our notice. We have updated it and would love to get a feedback on it.

  3. Anthony Avatar

    “Nauru, a tiny island country in the south pacific ocean does not have a capital.”

    Wiki gives the capital of Nauru as Yaren.

  4. Healanelewis Avatar

    New Jerusalem is the world capital…it will be in the millennium time…watch God timeing…

  5. Alkhia Avatar

    the worlds capital city is still London and yes btw pls use simpler and more explanative text as my friend didn’t understand any of this

  6. Kala jones Avatar
    Kala jones

    is the one from where the government of a country functions.

  7. ola Avatar

    Probably New York is the Capital City of the World.

  8. Sister Crystal Mary Avatar
    Sister Crystal Mary

    Washington D.C.

  9. Kasey Avatar

    Nice article. I like the question posed. Where is the Capital today. I think the Capital today is in shift. Prior to now and for the last 75ish years the New York has been the capital. The article failed to mention that.

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