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Are There Countries with Multiple Capital Cities?

World map showing countries that have multiple capitals

The capital of a country is the center of its administrative machinery.  In case of a monarchy, the capital is usually the city in which the regent resides and holds court. With the evolution of the three branches of administration – legislature, executive, and judiciary – it is not uncommon for different cities to be recognized as the seat of different branches.

A number of countries have multiple capitals. Here is the list of countries with multiple capitals –

Country Capital Status Details
 Benin Porto-Novo Official Capital Seat of Legislature
Cotonou De facto Capital Seat of Government
Bolivia Sucre Official Capital Constitutional Capital
La Paz De facto Capital Seat of Government
Chile Santiago Official Capital Seat of Government, Judiciary
Valparaiso De facto Capital Seat of Legislature
 Côte d’Ivoire Yamoussoukro Official Capital Constitutional Capital
Abidjan De facto Capital Seat of Government
 Georgia Tbilisi Official Capital Seat of Government
Kutaisi De facto Capital Seat of Legislature
 Honduras Tegucigalpa De facto Capital Together make up Constitutional Capital
Comayagüela Official Capital
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Official Capital Constitutional & Royal Capital
Putrajaya De facto Capital Seat of Government
 Montenegro Podgorica Official Capital Seat of Government
Cetinje Royal Capital Palace of Head of State
 Netherlands Amsterdam Official Capital Royal & Constitutional Capital
The Hague De facto Capital Seat of Government, Judiciary, Legislature
 South Africa Pretoria Official Capital Seat of Government
Cape Town Seat of Legislature
Bloemfontein Seat of Judiciary
 Sri Lanka Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte Official Capital Seat of Government, Legislature
Colombo De facto Capital Seat of Judiciary, Commerce
 Swaziland Mbabane De facto Capital Seat of Government
Lobamba Official Capital Royal & Legislative Capital
 Tanzania Dodoma Official Capital Seat of Legislature
Dar es Salaam De facto Capital Seat of Government
 Western Sahara (SADR)* Laayoune Recognized Capital
Tifariti Temporary Capital
 Yemen Sana’a Recognized Capital
Aden Temporary Capital

*disputed territory

A number of countries such as Japan and Russia also claim to have multiple capitals. The Japanese, for example, consider Kyoto as important as Tokyo and the Russians consider St. Petersburg as important as Moscow. These cities are however, not recognized as capital cities.

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Benin Map
Benin Map
Bolivia Map
Bolivia Map
Chile Map
Chile Map
Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) Map
Cote d’Ivoire Map
Georgia Map
Georgia Map
Honduras Map
Honduras Map
Malaysia Map
Malaysia Map
Montenegro Map
Montenegro Map
Netherlands Map
Netherlands Map
South Africa Map
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