Coldest Countries

Names the coldest countries based on average annual temperature. Amazingly, three countries average below the freezing point!
For the years 1960-1991, using a simplistic method
Quiz by joez
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Last updated: July 17, 2019
First submittedSeptember 8, 2016
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° C
Country
-5.35
Canada
-5.10
Russia
-0.70
Mongolia
1.50
Norway
1.55
Kyrgyzstan
1.70
Finland
1.75
Iceland
° C
Country
2.00
Tajikistan
2.10
Sweden
5.10
Estonia
5.50
Switzerland
5.60
Latvia
5.65
Liechtenstein
5.70
North Korea
° C
Country
5.80
Georgia
6.15
Belarus
6.20
Lithuania
6.35
Austria
6.40
Kazakhstan
6.80
Slovakia
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Level 74
Sep 15, 2016
Fun quiz! Spelling: simplistic
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Level 73
Sep 15, 2016
Actually, he didn't. The method to determine average coldness was created by Johannes Slimpist and has thus been named The Slimpistic method...the more you know...
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Level ∞
Sep 15, 2016
Fixed the error :)
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Level 72
Feb 10, 2020
Damn. I like buck1017’s explanation so much better.
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Level 73
Sep 15, 2016
Tried Poland...and when that didn't work......North Poland. Still no.
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Level 61
Dec 3, 2016
:-)
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Level 39
Sep 25, 2016
when you count greenland, it definitely affects average of denmark
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Level 65
Dec 3, 2016
Cool quiz!
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Level 72
Nov 23, 2020
Literally!
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Level 65
Dec 3, 2016
The furthest north you can drive in Canada is to Tuktoyaktuk in NorthWest Territories. However by late spring the ice road melts and you cannot drive the final 100 miles or so to get there.
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Level 81
Dec 3, 2016
And yet Canadians get all indignant if you refer to their country as a frozen wasteland.
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Level 58
Jan 17, 2020
As a Canadian, I am offended. We are proud of our frozen wasteland!
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Level 58
Feb 5, 2020
The northern part nearer to the arctic is but the southern part isn't.
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Level 67
Feb 5, 2020
none of the major cities in Canada have an average temperature anywhere near that low. For instance Toronto has an average around 8.1°C, Vancouver is at 11.0 °C, Montreal comes in a little lower at 6.1 °C

While part of our country is a frozen wasteland, pretty much no one lives in that part

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Level 67
Feb 5, 2020
For comparison, New York City seems to be about 12 °C, so Vancouver is on average only 1 °C colder than NYC
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Level 72
Feb 10, 2020
Well, Vancouver is kind of a special case, along with Seattle, and all of coastal Alaska (like Juneau, and even Anchorage). The ocean currents up there in the northern Pacific are downright balmy (comparatively), which is why those cities are surprisingly warm for their latitude.
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Level 67
Feb 10, 2020
Sure, they aren't as cold in the winter but they also aren't as hot in the summer, so the difference is rather small. Toronto in the summer is often 30 °C or more, where as Vancouver hovers around 20 °C
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Level 47
Dec 3, 2016
Seems Chile isn't very chile...
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Level 81
Dec 3, 2016
The southern parts definitely are.
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Level 58
Feb 5, 2020
I was in Santiago in July and it was quite cold.
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Level 82
Sep 3, 2020
July in Chile is dead winter, so that would make sense.
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Level 53
Dec 3, 2016
does greenland not affect denmark enough to put it on this list?
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Level 81
Dec 3, 2016
I think it's probably not included.
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Level 39
Dec 11, 2016
Why? Should be. It's a part of Denmark.
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Level 67
Dec 3, 2016
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_average_yearly_temperature
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Level 65
Dec 3, 2016
Whoohoo! Go Canada!
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Level 44
Dec 3, 2016
...Mongolia?
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Level 8
Dec 3, 2016
yes Mongolia lol
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Level 45
Feb 5, 2020
Yes! Because Mongolia has such vast open spaces and huge prairies, and also because its very central situation, the continental climate makes the winters long and cold, but the summers short and very warm. It's just like in Kazakhstan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan!
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Level 72
Feb 10, 2020
Plus its average elevation is 5180 feet – just barely shy of a mile!
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Level 52
Dec 3, 2016
Cool quiz...
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Level 72
Dec 4, 2016
I see what you did there...
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Level 6
Apr 27, 2017
n-ice pun
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Level 34
Dec 4, 2016
surprised denmark isn't in here with greenland
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Level 37
Dec 4, 2016
Tried a couple of eastern european countries but would never have guessed slovakia!
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Level 47
Dec 5, 2016
It says 1960-1991, so I was a little skeptical when I tried Czechoslovakia and it wasn't accepted. Is there something wrong with those years?
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Level 69
Dec 5, 2016
surprised not to see Poland or Ukraine in the list
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Level 32
Dec 5, 2016
I left out Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia and Leichenstein because I thought they would be warmer than germany & poland.

Then I realised they have the Alps in them

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Level 48
Nov 10, 2019
Thanks for those answers
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Level 68
Feb 6, 2020
Just google if you want the answeres that badly
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Level 72
Feb 10, 2020
And who reads the comments before taking the quiz if they're not specifically looking for hints?
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Level 39
Dec 11, 2016
Please Denmark.

Please Greenland.

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Level 72
Mar 4, 2017
I was surprised no Nepal or Bhutan, given their elevations.
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Level 72
Dec 10, 2018
That's what I thought at first, too. But I guess, since it is not about coldest ever temperatures, but the annual average, the summer months should bring it up over 7 C. After all, those two countries are at the same latitude as North Africa.
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Level 72
Feb 10, 2020
Oh, right – that’s an excellent point!
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Level 50
Apr 26, 2017
The one time I DON'T guess Liechtenstein in a country quiz...
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Level 70
Jul 27, 2017
Surprised not to see Andorra on here.
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Level 83
May 14, 2018
Me too. Andorra narrowly misses out at 7.6C
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Level 74
Sep 15, 2017
Good quiz. Really makes you think.
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Level 45
Jan 6, 2018
You missed Estonia
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Level 70
Jan 8, 2018
It's been there for well over a year. You must have missed it.
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Level 44
Jul 6, 2018
How is the US not included (due to Alaska)?
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Level 82
Jul 9, 2018
Probably because it also has places like Arizona, Texas, Florida, etc.
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Level 72
Dec 10, 2018
Not forgetting Hawaii! :)
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Level 60
Jul 26, 2018
Slovakia? Surprising!
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Level 55
Jan 18, 2019
Now I know where not to go on holiday
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Level 50
Nov 9, 2019
what about tierra del fuego in chile
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Level 40
Nov 10, 2019
Well much more of Chile is warm
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Level 75
Feb 5, 2020
Yeah, and what about the inside of my freezer in the UK?
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Level 65
Dec 18, 2019
can any of you access the source? some data are weird (including countries that didn't exist in those years i.e. Slovakia) and the Wikipedia doesn't let me access the original source.
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Level 23
Feb 5, 2020
Great quiz, but I was wondering if Denmark would count since it owns Greenland
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Level 53
Feb 5, 2020
Guessed every country near Slovakia except Slovakia. Thought CZ was colder for sure
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Level 56
Feb 17, 2020
I believe the Slovakia data point might be wrong. Slovakia has very hot summers, and short frigid winters. I calculate around ten degrees Celsius. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slovakia#/media/File:Koppen-Geiger_Map_SVK_present.svg The source cited is no longer available, but I have doubts, since the data goes back before Slovakian independence. I'd like to see more reliable and available data.
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Level 57
Jan 29, 2021
Lol can I the fahrenheit version?
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Level 36
Feb 5, 2021
no norway but there are sweden and finland?
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Level 47
Feb 12, 2021
But is there
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Level 34
Feb 26, 2021
Just missed North Korea :(
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Level 65
Apr 5, 2021
This quiz is a useful lesson that if you fail on the first 'stan, don't give up on the others!