What are the two closest capital cities in the world?

  • Recently, there was a discussion here on Travel.SE about what are the two closest capital cities in the world. One user argued that it is Vienna and Bratislava. Another one stated either Vatican City and Rome or Kinshasa and Brazzaville. A quick Google Search turned out that there are references for all three claims.

    Since I'm always very interested in traveling to special locations, I wonder if there is any authoritative reference that tells me to which capital I have to travel to check this from my traveling-todo-list.

    I guess you'll just have to visit all 6, just to be safe (:

    How about Soeul of the two Koreas, or if you regard Palestine as a country, east and west Jerusalem?

    @AndrewGrimm: Pyongyang is the capital of North Korea, Seoul is the capital of South Korea. Just like during communism Berlin wasn't the capital of West Germany, it was Bonn.

    Also, while the PA claims Jerusalem as its capital, in practice the administrative center is Ramallah.

    @jpatokal the distance between southern Ramallah neighborhoods and northern Jerusalem neighborhoods is ~1km. Hard to get closer than that:)

    @littleadv One does not simply walk from Ramallah to Jerusalem? Or do they? http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3pan1d/

    @AndrewGrimm they can, although nowadays there're several border checks on the way. 20 years ago or so, before all the buses blowing up and people stabbing, Palestinians were walking to work in Jerusalem without any problem.

    Oslo and Copemhagen are correct I believe.

    Oslo and Copenhagen are 375 miles apart. Not even close I'm afraid.

  • Doc

    Doc Correct answer

    9 years ago

    From Wikipedia :

    Nearest capital cities

    The closest capital cities of two sovereign countries are Vatican City, Vatican, and Rome, Italy, one of which is inside the other (the distance between the middle points, St. Peter's Square/Piazza Venezia is about 2 km).

    The two second closest capital cities between two sovereign countries are Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, which are about 1.6 km (0.99 mi) apart, one upstream from the other on different banks of the Congo River (the distance between the middle points is about 10 km).

    Vienna and Bratislava, sometimes erroneously considered the two closest capitals, are 55 km (34 mi) apart.

    Wow, Wellington sure does well in the remoteness stakes on that page :/

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