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Countries by Lowest Recorded Temperature

Name the countries that have the lowest ever recorded temperatures.
  • According to this source. Records considered dubious are not included
  • Includes overseas territories
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Jul 09, 2017
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°C
°F
Country
-69.6
-93.3
-67.7
-89.9
-62.8
-81.0
-62.1
-79.8
-56.0
-68.8
-53.6
-64.5
-52.6
-62.7
-52.3
-62.1
°C
°F
Country
-52.2
-62.0
-51.6
-60.9
-51.6
-60.9
-51.5
-60.7
-51.4
-60.5
-46.7
-52.0
-45.6
-50.1
-45.1
-49.2
°C
°F
Country
-43.5
-46.3
-43.5
-46.3
-43.2
-45.8
-42.9
-45.2
-42.5
-44.5
-42.2
-44.0
-42.2
-44.0
Answer Stats
°C
°F
Country
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+15
level ∞
Aug 17, 2015
Some countries may belong on this list but can't be listed because of lack of reliable data. Nepal seems like the most obvious candidate.
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level 73
Aug 18, 2015
Glad you cleared that up. I must have typed Nepal about 10 times during the course of the quiz.
+8
level 54
Sep 3, 2015
-50 degree F temps on Everest should be fairly well documented by highly reliable scientific expeditions to Nepal.
+4
level 21
Jan 20, 2016
Iceland is more obvious
+1
level 56
Jan 20, 2016
actually Iceland has a very mild winter thanks to all the geysers and volcanos
+19
level 70
Aug 2, 2016
Iceland does have a very mild winter for its northerly latitude, but it's nothing to do with volcanoes. It's due to it being an island and thus having an oceanic climate. In particular, Iceland lies in the path of the North Atlantic Current, which is a warm current moving water from warmer regions further south. Volcanic activity can have climate influences, but these are only observable with rare, very large eruptions that significantly increase particulate matter in the atmosphere such as the Tambora eruption in Indonesia in 1815. Additionally lower level volcanic activity does release, over prolonged periods, greenhouse gases, but these processes do not have any particular localised effect and occur over very prolonged periods.
+1
level 43
Jan 19, 2018
Iceland’s name, despite not being actually icy, was chosen by Vikings so that they could keep the land to themselves and named Greenland so that everybody would go there because that was icy.
+1
level 52
May 27, 2018
Insaniot that is not completely true as Iceland is in fact icy
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level 57
Jul 12, 2017
Since this is featured, could you feature the state counterparts I made for hottest and coldest? Coldest: http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/175112/states-by-coldest-recorded-temperature Hottest: http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/175112/states-with-the-hottest-recorded-temperature
+1
level 53
Jul 14, 2017
interestingly enough, hawaii has the lowest highest temperature and the highest lowest temperature
+1
level 43
Sep 5, 2017
Well that's what comes from being an island and thus being tempered by water's incredible specific heat.
+1
level 73
Jan 18, 2018
Also from being volcanic islands with high enough elevation to snow. Kaua'i is amazing. Within 80 miles one can drive from snow and alpine forest through desert with cacti to warm, sunny beaches, and then to a rain forest.
+1
level 28
Jan 18, 2018
czech and bosnia?????????? how?????
+1
level 56
Jan 18, 2018
I was shocked at Bosnia being on the list, right there on the Adriatic.
+1
level 3
Jan 21, 2018
included in that would be Bhutan
+1
level 3
Jan 21, 2018
I meant in countries that are cold, but have poor data
+1
level 70
Aug 17, 2015
Laos? You sure about that one? Might want to go back and check your source.
+2
level 70
Aug 17, 2015
The quoted source has a lowest minimum for Laos of -3.3C.
+4
level ∞
Aug 18, 2015
Sorry Laos was supposed to be Latvia. Copied the wrong row of the spreadsheet.
+6
level 43
Sep 5, 2017
This has got to be one of my favorite mix-ups in a quiz
+1
level 37
Sep 5, 2017
It was pretty funny
+2
level 70
Aug 17, 2015
The -43C temperature for France was at Mont Blanc, which is on the Italian border and therefore should count for Italy as well? That measurement was taken, by the way, in 1893 at a summit weather station which was abandoned in 1909 after a crevasse opened up under it. We'll never know if it's gotten colder up there since then.
+2
level ∞
Aug 18, 2015
I decided to remove France since we are generally not counting old and possibly incorrect records.
+1
level 78
Aug 18, 2015
I can't believe I totally forgot China.
+1
level 79
Aug 19, 2015
WTF Turkey? I turn my back for one minute and you switch from a Mediterranean climate to one of the coldest places on Earth? Well, to heck with you, Turkey! To heck with you!
+1
level 58
Sep 14, 2015
china would be the same
+4
level 68
Mar 17, 2017
China actually has a really varied range of climates. It's almost 4,000 km from north to south, which is about the same latitude difference as between Edmonton and Mexico City, or Helsinki and Dubai. Considering that parts of Northeast China butt up right against Siberia, it's not really surprising that they're on this list.
+1
level 57
Jan 18, 2016
I'm surprised too. I tried some central European countries that seemed possible even though not a first choice (like Czech Republic). I'm not very familiar with the whole landscape situation in Turkey though. Maybe there's a high peak somewhere.
+2
level 47
Jan 18, 2016
Well considering Anatolia is full of mountains and that Turkey borders the Caucasus mountains, it is not strange its consideration on the list.
+1
level 28
Jan 18, 2018
the mountains of ararat in the east are pretty high
+1
level 40
Mar 12, 2017
Turkey is rich climate country.
+1
level 67
Sep 22, 2015
Surprised Iceland isn't on here
+1
level 40
Sep 22, 2015
Why? It's an island way out in the ocean and right in the way of the gulfstream. It never gets that cold there (and neither very hot).
+1
level 73
Nov 28, 2015
You wouldn't be if you went there.
+3
level 63
Jan 18, 2018
Iceland and Greenland should trade names.
+2
level 28
Jan 18, 2018
dude both names were on purpose iceland to scare them off, greenland to invite them in...
+1
level 59
Jan 18, 2018
Eric the Red named it Iceland in order to scare people off from settling there, in order to control more of it for himself.
+1
level 46
Sep 22, 2015
Great quiz - but could specify that these are not necesarrily at sea level because I kept wondering that?
+1
level 60
Sep 22, 2015
I guess every other answer, give up and suddenly North Korea! You have to wonder where the cold part is and how reliable the data is.
+1
level 71
Jan 18, 2016
In the north? Daily average high temperatures in Pyongang in January are under zero. Not so hard to imagine the temperatures in the highlands and certainly in the mountainous areas which cover most of North Korea to be this low.
+2
level 45
Sep 22, 2015
People who have not slept outside in -35C or colder know nothing about life. My coldest nights are -40C with fire and -37C without fire.
+9
level 46
Oct 16, 2015
What a true hero you are. If only we could all be more like you
+4
level 23
Oct 24, 2015
no thanks, i dont want hypothermia
+3
level 77
Dec 22, 2015
*Know nothing about *frostbite *necrosis *gangrene *hypothermia
+8
level 72
Jan 18, 2016
You might know more about life but I still have all my toes.
+1
level 50
Jan 18, 2016
rofl
+1
level 59
Jan 18, 2016
Your fire is broken.
+5
level 49
Jan 19, 2016
People who have not slept outside in -35C or colder know enough about life not to do that. Seriously, that's just a stupid thing to do.
+1
level 58
Jul 22, 2016
sleeping under 4C is not smart
+2
level 28
Jan 18, 2018
heehee watching all you guys play around with perfect celsius numbers....gotta love fahrenheit!
+1
level 3
Jan 21, 2018
A fridge would be warmer
+2
level 28
Jan 18, 2018
lol where do you live?
+1
level 55
Jan 13, 2016
Very surprised to see Turkey right behind Norway...
+1
level 71
Jan 18, 2016
Huge country. Most of it is pretty hot, but Eastern Anatolia gets very cold. Combined with the very high elevations it's not such a stretch of the imagination to have it included. Norway has a reasonably warm climate for such a northern location, mostly thanks to the gulf stream.
+1
level 72
Jan 18, 2016
mountains
+3
level 75
Jan 18, 2016
Serbia...nope, Croatia...nope. I guess I won't bother trying the rest of the former Yugoslav Republics...D'oh!
+1
level 45
Jan 18, 2016
I was guessing Balkan countries, and then said, no, why did i even think it would be cold there.........
+1
level 50
Jan 18, 2016
Same
+1
level 68
Jan 19, 2018
At first, I was totally mystified by Bosnia. But then I thought, okay, well, mountains! So I looked up their mountains, and they haven't got a single one over 8000 feet. Therefore, I am still totally mystified by Bosnia.
+1
level 50
Jan 18, 2016
India should be a notable candidate which is missing i was in military and posted in KASHMIR IN LADAKH VALLEY AND SIACHEN GLACIER where temperatures averaged minus 49 celcius I AM NOT KIDDING
+1
level 72
Jan 18, 2016
Got everything but, yeah, obviously, Nepal has seen much much lower temperatures than the Czech Republic.
+1
level 57
Jan 18, 2016
Interesting that the United States and China also appear on the highest recorded temperatures quiz...
+1
level 60
Jan 19, 2016
Fortunately, Alaska is a state, not a territory.
+1
level 68
Jan 19, 2018
But it's not like Alaska totally creams everything in the lower 48; #2 comes in at only 10 degrees warmer, there are 5-6 states within 20.
+1
level 54
Jan 19, 2016
Typed Nepal and Bhutan actually more than once (even typed India for its mountainous parts). Could really not think of Bosnia and Czech Republic. Fun quiz though!
+1
level 21
Jan 20, 2016
Iceland? Where is it? Why isn't it on the list?
+2
level 45
Apr 30, 2016
Lowest temperature recorded there is just under -40 celsius, not low enough to make it on the list. Iceland isn't as cold as people think, since it's very coastal and not too elevated. The coldest places tend to be those inland and at high altitude.
+2
level 39
Jan 23, 2016
Antarctica?
+2
level 45
Apr 30, 2016
Not a country
+2
level 62
Dec 13, 2017
But this quiz contains overseas regions...
+1
level 66
Jan 18, 2018
Agreed @Zefyrinus
+1
level 59
Jan 18, 2018
Yes but Antarctica isn't anyone's territory. Yet.
+1
level 68
Jan 19, 2018
There is an international treaty in which everyone's promised not to "claim" Antarctica. So it's not even anyone's territory/ies. (I sure do hope it stays that way.)
+1
level 74
Jun 13, 2016
Quiz could also be called, "Countries I shouldn't retire to." Though admittedly some of these countries have warm climate areas, as well.
+1
level 55
Aug 9, 2016
drass region of kashmir,India also faces the bloody cold...may it goes down to -40 C ....don't know the reliable data though
+1
level 32
Aug 10, 2016
Only one I missed was Bosnia & Herzegovina, I'm proud.
+1
level 23
Aug 10, 2016
Hi Joh
+1
level 46
Mar 28, 2017
tried georgia and azerbaijan and assumed armenia wouldnt be there. i was wrong
+1
level 66
Jan 18, 2018
I tried all three but wondered why there was only one hit. Very strange!
+1
level 45
Jan 25, 2018
the only one that's landlocked
+1
level 45
Jun 8, 2017
Only missed Turkey.
+1
level 25
Jul 11, 2017
Cant belive i got all in both higest and lowest recored temerature quiz,except Kuwait and Denmark,the highest ones.
+1
level 49
Sep 5, 2017
Why is the Netherlands with the entire summer of 2017 not on the list?
+1
level 62
Dec 13, 2017
I love how the Baltic countries are listed in perfect north-to-south order.
+1
level 73
Jan 18, 2018
I hate how I forgot all three of them.
+2
level 68
Jan 18, 2018
Interesting range countries that happen to be at the extreme ends of the range on highest/lowest quality of life surveys. Any list that gets both Norway and North Korea is kind of interesting in that way!
+1
level 65
Jan 18, 2018
Like mixed questions? try Mal's General Knowledge 31 ......here it is
+2
level 58
Jan 18, 2018
Advertising is such a turnoff.
+1
level 68
Jan 19, 2018
This isn't even a "mixed questions", so why are you spamming us here? It's not even remotely relevant, and I agree – it is icky and distasteful.
+1
level 53
Jan 18, 2018
Seeing Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania all lined up in a row is the Jetpunker's version of /r/oddlysatisfying...
+1
level 32
Jan 18, 2018
i got all but one on the first try, makes me feel better that only 14% got Bosnia, I was typing more northern things in europe, switzerland and austria area. Also, Nepal should be on the list, but great quiz nonetheless!
+1
level 14
Jan 18, 2018
Oh heck me in the bunghole I was thinking of Armenia but I didn't type it
+1
level 43
Jan 18, 2018
Got them all but Bosnia.
+1
level 38
Jan 18, 2018
Australia? New Zealand? France? Argentina? UK? Chile?
+2
level 68
Jan 19, 2018
What is this, free association? ;-) But seriously, the source is linked, the criteria explained. I checked your wish list of cold countries against the answers to this quiz, and it took me a mere 5 minutes to confirm that none of them make the cut (only France was close).
+1
level 19
May 16, 2018
Chile should be on the lowest and highest temperatures quiz because it is "chilly" and made of "chili"
+1
level 27
Jan 19, 2018
19/23 Great quiz. Missed Bosnia, turkey, armenia, and kyrgyzstan
+1
level 43
Jan 20, 2018
Italy, Germany and Iran should be on the list.
+1
level 3
Jan 21, 2018
What about Chile and Argentina? The lower parts of these countries have the lowest point on the globe - Anartica notwithstanding.
+1
level 69
Jan 21, 2018
1)did i forget to type czechia, or isn't it allowed as a type-in? pretty sure i thought of it at least.
2)i try afghanistan (score), pakistan (no score) and then automaticly dismiss all the other 'stans'
+1
level 13
Jan 21, 2018
I thought Russia held the record for the most coldest place in the world
+1
level 27
Jan 23, 2018
nope antartica
+1
level 27
Jan 23, 2018
vostok, Antcartica
+1
level 27
Jan 24, 2018
l slept outside in a t-shirt and shorts in antcartica at -1000000000000 BEAT THAT
+1
level 27
Jan 29, 2018
IN WINTER
+1
level 27
Jan 29, 2018
*forgets the country where lives* *Goes and hit on head*
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