Top 10 Smallest Capital Cities in the World (2023)

You must have heard a lot about the capital cities of a country and how big and heavily populated it is, well not all capital cities are heavily populated. There are some capital cities in the world today that have a small number of people residing there and they even hardly get any tourist attractions. There are some capital cities in the world today that have about 400 people residing there now imagine the number of people that would be living in that country. Not all countries have populated capital cities so some have the smallest capital city in the world.

Top 10 Smallest Capital Cities in the World (2023)

1. Ngerulmud, Palau

Ngerulmund is known as the smallest capital city in the world and it is located in Palau. This capital city has 391 residents living in it and it is designed historically to capture the culture of the country. There are three buildings for each governmental branch and a few coastal homes nearby, the capitol complex was designed with some neo-classical guidelines with heritage and gestures.

2. Vatican City, Vatican City

This is the smallest country in the world and it is known as the city of the pope and tourists. This country attracts over 10,000 visitors daily and the capital city has 826 people residing there. The Vatican City makes money through sources like tourists and donations and they do not collect taxes. They attract lots of pilgrims that are drawn to Catholicism to see what it is all about and see the Holy See as well.

3. Yaren, Nauru

This is known as the least visited country in the world so don’t expect to see any tourists when you go visiting. The city has about 1,100 residents living there and they do not have so much for tourists or even so much to do. They have an amazing culture, the city comprises the parliament house, earth station, administration offices, police station, fire station, National Stadium, Australian High Commission and Taiwanese Embassy, International airport, air terminals and more.

4. Funafuti, Tuvalu

This country is very remote and there are s a lack of flights available in this country, this is one of the reasons you have e few dozen tourists yearly. The road in the city capital is small and it has an average elevation of less than 4m which makes it prone to climate change which can submerge the whole country under the Ocean. The city resembles more of a fishing village than a city capital, there is not much to do and the main source of income is exports and fishing. The capital city has a population of 4,492 residents.

5. San Marino, San Marino

This is the capital city of the oldest republic in the world and also home to the oldest constitution of any sovereign nation. San Marino is named after its country and this is what makes it very unique. This city has about 4,493 residents living in it. San Marino is surrounded by walls culminating with three towers and a spectacular panoramic vista of the surrounding area. San Marino is very unique and there are so many amazing things that you need to know about the country.

6. Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Vaduz is known as the capital city of Liechtenstein which a population of 5, 248 residents. Vaduz is known to have good architecture and a lively tourist industry. This is one of the capital cities in the world without an airport but with different means of transportation connected nearby, railway lines are available as well and the closest airport is located in Zurich at a distance of 120km.

7. Valleta, Malta

This city was established in 1500 and it has 6,444 residents in the capital city. This city is built and designed in a way with great architectural building and it is officially recognized as a world UNESCO site in 198d it is known as the city with the most monuments in the world. The city was named after Jean Parisot de Valette, who succeeded in defending the island from an Ottoman invasion during the Great Siege of Malta. It is sometimes called an open-air museum and the second world war did great damage to this beautiful city as well but even with that, the city remains so beautiful and one of the best places to be for tourist attractions.

8. George’s, Grenada

This is a very popular tourist destination. A city that is surrounded by old craters of volcanoes and is located on a horseshoe-shaped harbour. The city has developed over the years and it has so much to offer to tourists and they have tried in preserving their culture, history and natural environment. It has a population of 7,500 residents.

9. Palikir, Federated States of Micronesia

This is a high volcanic island that is surrounded by a fringing coral reef. It is situated on the northwest side of Pohnpei island. The economy of the island consists basically of subsistence farming and fishing, (fish processing and aquaculture). The country is independent but it still depends on financial support from other sources. It has a population of 9,900.

10. Basseterre, Saint Kits and Nevis

This is one of the smallest capital cities in the world with a population of 13,048. This is a very beautiful city and country to visit and will give you an experience never before. Basseterre has established itself as a financial centre in the Eastern Caribbean. It is home to the headquarters of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, as well as the Eastern Caribbean Securities Exchange, which lists securities for companies and corporations in the region. The city is also the headquarters for the St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank, the largest bank in the Eastern Caribbean, in terms of assets.


We have given full information about the smallest capital city in the world. Not all cities are populated, some cities are calm and quiet and you can even feel the wind in your ears. You can pay a visit to any of these capital cities and see for yourself.