You may think that it’s been cold in UK during the past months and the wind can sometimes feel as if it goes straight through your bones. But that’s nothing compared to the minus 70 degrees that some areas of the world experience during wintertime. Around the world there are places where summer almost never comes to visit, and cities and areas where winter is so harsh that it can be difficult to even comprehend.
The coldest inhabited places on earth are in Russia and elsewhere in Eastern Europe, in Greenland and in northern Scandinavia, namely in Finnmark and Lapland. Here the coldest temperature records have been measured to be well below minus 50 degrees.
Elsewhere, neighboring European countries have experienced cold temperatures that were much worse. The record in France is minus 41 degrees, the Czech Republic has experienced having minus 42 degrees, and around Funtensee in Bavaria in southern Germany, minus 46 teeth-chattering cold degrees were measured.
Outside Europe the weather is more extreme. Van in eastern Turkey, close to the border of Iran, has experienced almost 47 degrees below zero, but if you for some inexplicable reason want to experience completely inhuman coldness, then head to North America and Siberia, where Canada, Alaska and the eastern part of Russia have experienced records of between 62 and 72 minus degrees.
Below you can see the lowest registered temperatures in selected countries.
1. Ojmjakon, Sibiria, Russia – minus 71,2 degrees, measured in 1926
2. Snag, Yukon Territory, Canada– minus 63 degrees measured 3. February 1947
3. Kittilä, Finland – minus 51,5 degrees, measured 28. January 1999
4. Karasjok, Finmarken, Norway– minus 51,4 degrees, measured 1. January 1886
5. Malgovik, Laoland, Sweden – minus 53 degrees, measured 13. December 1941
6. Jogeva, Estonia – minus 43,5 degrees, measured 17. January 1940
7. Hørsted in Thy, Denmark – minus 31,2 degrees, measured 8. January 1982
8. Van, Turkey – minus 46,4 degrees, measured 9. January 1990
9. Ifrane, Morocco – minus 24 degrees, measured 2. November 1935
10. Vostok, Antartica – minus 89,2 degrees, measured July 1983