Hi everyone,

welcome to the July 2022 edition of #fridaygeotrivia!

As is our tradition, on the final Friday of month we run a geotrivia contest on twitter under the hashtag #fridaygeotrivia. This game was played Friday, 29th of July at 18:00 Berlin time, 5:00pm London time, noon New York time.

Seebelow for how to play. As always, after the game is over we post the answers and winners here on the blog.

The July 2022 geotrivia question:

This month we grapple with a problem as old as geocoding: ambiguous names.

Name countries whose capital city or capital district, or largest city, is the same or very similar to the name of the country. An obvious example: Mexico City is the capital of Mexico.

For full points you will - as always - need to include the emoji flag of the country and the #fridaygeotrivia hash tag in your answer.

Note: no points for Monaco or Vatican City as they are city states (there is no geographic difference between the country and the city).


#fridaygeotrivia is a game with two prizes:

  1. the sheer joy of geographic knowledge and pedantry.

  2. the bragging rights of getting the answer first.

The #fridaygeotrivia twitter thread:

The winner

This month it was a heated battle, well done to all who took part. The winner was, once again Giuseppe Sollazzo, second place went to Dave McLaughlin, and we awarded a special “most improved” prize to Chaz Hutton.

This month’s geotrivia answer:

  • Algeria, Algiers
  • Andorra, Andorra la Vella
  • Australia, Australia Capital Territory (ACT)
  • Belize, Belize City
  • Brazil, Brasília
  • Djibuti, Djibouti
  • El Salvador, San Salvador
  • Guatemala, Guatemala City
  • Guinea-Bissau, Bissau
  • Kuwait, Kuwait City
  • Luxembourg, Luxembourg City
  • Mexico, Mexico City
  • Panama, Panama City
  • San Marino, San Marino
  • São Tomé and Príncipe, São Tomé
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • Tunisia, Tunis
we also gave points for
  • Congo-Brazzaville, Brazzaville
  • Congo-Kinshasa,Kinshasa

How to play

Anyone can join in, you just need a twitter account. Please note - these edition of the game was played long ago - these days we play on Mastodon, not twitter.

  • Reply to the question thread on twitter (embedded below) using the hashtag #fridaygeotrivia in your answer.

  • Only one answer per tweet

  • While you can use a map, please do NOT use the internet to just search for an answer. That is cheating and will lead to seriously bad geokarma.

  • To get full points for an answer it is good form not just to name the relevant country but (if possible) to include the emoji flags of the country.

Some people have complained the format is a bit chaotic and hard to follow. Yes, the mad chaos is part of the fun. Embrace it. The goal is just to have fun and learn. We win by playing

Thanks for playing,