Rabu, Oktober 19, 2005

Capital facts

Which of these cities is not a world capital (false fact)?

  • There are only 3 world capitals that begin with the letter "0" in English: Ottawa, Canada; Oslo, Norway; & Ouagadougou, Burkina, Faso.
  • Seoul, the South Korean capital, just means "the capital" in the Korean language.
  • Only one foreign country, Liberia in Africa, has a capital city named after an American President. The Capital is Monrovia, named after James Monroe.
  • Nauru is the only country in the world with no official capital.
  • Lisbon overlooks the Tagus River.
  • Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, is heated by underground hot springs.
  • In 1960, Brazil's capitals moved to Brasilia in order to represent the governments separation from the crowded & corrupt old capital, Rio de Janeiro.
  • South Africa has 3 capitals; Pretoria houses the Administrative branch, Cape Town the Legislative, and Bloemfontein the Judicial affairs.
  • The capital of Israel is Jerusalem.
  • Many countries selected "neutral" cities, ones unencumbered by regional or political identity, to represent the unity of a new state. Examples are Madrid in Spain, Ottawa in Canada, Washington, DC and Canberra in Australia.
  • Although the Cote d'Ivoire designated Yamoussoukro as the capital in 1983, in 2004 most government offices were still located in Abidjan.
  • And the false fact is: Actually the capital of Israel is currently disputed. Most countries and the UN recognize Tel Aviv as the capital but Israel designates Jerusalem as its capital.

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