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Parliament Hill, the national legislative buildings, in Ottawa, the capital of Canada.

A capital city (or simply capital) is the municipality enjoying primary status in a country, state, province, or other region, usually as its seat of government. A capital is typically a city that physically encompasses the offices and meeting places of its respective government; the status as capital is often designated by its law or constitution. In some jurisdictions, including several countries, the different branches of government are located in different settlements. In some cases, a distinction is made between the official (constitutional) capital and the seat of government, which is in another place.


Capital city sections
Intro   Terminology    Origins    Modern capitals    Planned capital cities    Unusual capital city arrangements    Intergovernmental organizations    The capital as a symbol    Capitals in military strategy    See also    References   

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