12 Of The World's Least Known Capital Cities

Tbilisi

Tbilisi

Where Eastern Europe meets Western Asia, lies the capital and largest city of Georgia, Tbilisi. It has a population of one and a half million people and its architecture ranges from medieval, classical, to more recent Soviet structures

Riga

Riga

Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia in Northeast Europe with about 700,000 residents. Riga’s historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, noted for its Art Nouveau architecture and 19th century wooden architecture.

Basseterre

Basseterre

Almost completely surrounded by lush green hills and stunning mountains, Basseterre is the capital city of the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies. It has a tiny population of around fifteen and a half thousand people.

Tashkent

Tashkent

The capital city of Uzbekistan in Central Asia, Tashkent is a mostly modern city in terms of architecture because of much destruction due to both the 1917 revolution and 1966 earthquake. It is home to about 2.3 million residents.

Asmara

Asmara

Asmara is the capital city of Eritrea in East Africa and home to around 650,000 people. It is known for its well-preserved colonial Italian modernist architecture which ranks among the most concentrated and intact anywhere in the world.

Reykjavik

Reykjavik

Reykjavik is the northernmost capital city in the world with a latitude 64°08′ N. With a population of about 120,000 Reykjavik is among the cleanest and safest cities in the world.

Thimphu

Thimphu

Thimphu is the capital and largest city of Bhutan in South Asia. Thimphu is coordinated by the "Thimphu Structure Plan", an Urban Development Plan which evolved in 1998 with the objective of protecting the fragile ecology of the valley. Tourism, though a contributor to the economy, is heavily regulated, maintaining a balance between the traditional, development and modernisation.

Valletta

Valletta

Valletta is the capital city of the Mediterranean country of Malta. The City of Valletta was officially recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980, and is home to some of Europe’s finest art works, churches and palaces. It is the smallest capital city in the EU with a population of under 7000 (the historical city proper - the metro area is home to around 400,000).

Bandar Seri Begawan

Bandar Seri Begawan

Bandar Seri Begawan is the capital and largest city in the Sultanate of Brunei with a population of around 200,000. Point so interest in the city include The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, The Royal Ceremonial Hall, The Royal Mausoleum and The Brunei Museum.

Vaduz

Vaduz

Vaduz is the capital of Liechtenstein in Europe and is home to a tiny population of around five thousand. Vaduz Castle is the most prominent landmark and is home to the reigning prince and his family.

Maputo

Maputo

With a population of almost 1,800,000, Maputo is the capital and largest city of Mozambique in Africa. Many of the buildings throughout the city are former colonial buildings due to the five hundred year Portuguese rule.

Chisinau

Chisinau

Historically also known as Kishinev, Chisinau is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Moldova. It has a population in excess of 800,000 and is located on the river Bîc. The city center boasts of many historical sites, museums, memorials and churches.