Exploring Juba, the newest Capital City in the world

Last July, South Sudan became the 195th country on Earth, and with it brought us a new capital city — Juba. With roughly 350,000 residents, double the number they had in 2005, it’s one of the fastest growing cities in the world.


The image above was captured on December 23, 2011. Around that same time, on November 26, 2011, an image of the area was captured by the Expedition 30 crew aboard the International Space Station. The image isn’t as detailed as the native imagery in Google Earth, but the coloring is fantastic. You can see their image below, or view it for yourself in Google Earth using this KML file.

However, in the next 3-5 years the capital of South Sudan will be moving to the northern city of Ramciel. You can read more about that situation in the Sudan Tribune. In the meantime, check out Juba while it holds the “newest capital city in the world” title for a few more years.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.

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