We all like to snuggle up beside the fireplace in winters but the climate of these countries is unbearable. Even when the sun is out, it is dull and keeps the citizens freezing through the years! Here are our top 10 coldest countries and places on earth in no particular order.
This is the coldest country of all in the world. Antarctica is a desert. The only difference is that it consists of ice rather than sand, and, obviously, rather than it being hot, it is cold. 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice. For the use of comparison, Antarctica is twice the size of Australia. It is not only the coldest, but the driest and windiest continent, that has the highest level of elevation. The coldest temperature there ever was in Antarctica is −89 °C.
Russia is the largest country in the world, covering approximately one eighth of it. Russia shares boarders with countries such as Ukraine and Latvia, having 143 million people as residents. Winters are very cold and long in Russia, having temperatures cross -40 degrees. Summers are always a slight relief, but we could still see temperatures of rain in the month June, and people wearing winter jackets at that time of year.
3. United States of America
United States is probably not the third coldest country in the world, but who could forget Alaska? We see cold winters nonetheless, and windy cities, such as Chicago. Chicago is, after all, “The Windy City”. But Alaska is the coldest continent there is in US, having temperatures as cold as below 60 degrees. It is a definite hazard for those who live there.
We all thought Toronto was the capital of Canada because it is one of the largest cities in the country. But we thought wrong. Ironically enough, Ottawa is the capital of Canada. With Canada being located not too far from United States, no wonder it is one of the coldest countries as well. Canada is a great place, but the freezing, windy, dry weather make it difficult to adjust. The summers are warm, but they are so short, that they are hard to get used to. In the winter, we wait impatiently for the summer. In the summer, we get ready for the 40Â°C temperature.
Kazakhstan was formerly known as the Republican of Kazakhstan, and previously neighbored by Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. It became an independent country in 1991. Like Canada, Kazakhstan is known to be culturally diverse. It is also known for its brutal winter season. The coldest city is Astana. The rainfalls are extremely harsh and erratic. It is impossible to step out of the house during the winter season without losing a toe or two. The only relief out there is the mild summer season.
The fact that the country’s name has ‘ice’ in it should give you an idea about how cold it is. The average temperature of the lower regions never goes above 0 degrees Celsius and that of the upper regions is almost always colder than minus 10 degrees Celsius. Iceland is also known as Lýðveldið Ísland.
Isn’t it a bit ironic that Greenland is in this list? We would think that because it has the word “green” and “land”, the weather would be warm, and we would see a beautiful summer and spring weather outside, but actually, it is the other way around. While the average temperature can fall to minus 9 degrees, the highest will reach on 7 degrees, even during the ‘hottest’ months. The country is covered by a large ice sheet, which is why the sunlight cannot enter the atmosphere.
Mongolia is a country located in East and Central Asia, and is boarded by Russia. The capital of Mongolia, Ulan Baron, includes around 45% of Mongolia’s population. It is the largest city in the country. The average temperature in Mongolia is less than 0 degrees Celsius during the winter season and a little above freezing point from April to October. The first two months of the year are particularly cold and the temperature can go as low as minus 20 degrees. The water freezes up and the precipitation is biting.
Finland is a cold country, but not as cold as the countries listed above on the list. It is covered in snow for about 4 months during the winter season. The temperature can drop to minus 20 degrees but fortunately, the summer is quite tolerable. Lapland is the coldest region in the country mainly due to the bitingly harsh winds.
Estonia is a relatively small state, with a population of about 1.4 Million. Compared to the rest of the countries on this list, Estonia isn’t all the freezing but it is definitely a little too cold for comfort. This is because the rainfall comes and goes as it pleases and can cause a massive drop in the temperature, no matter what part of the year it is.