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Oymyakon, Russia
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    Located in the Sakha Republic, in Northeast Russia
    Listed as the coldest inhabited place on earth
    Lowest temperature recorded −71.2 °C (−96.2 °F) (February 6 1933)
    Population: 547 (2012)
    The average temperature is a daily maximum -42°C (-43.6 °F) and a daily minimum of -50°C (-58°F).
    The only other place with a higher recorded temperature is Antarctica.
    The nearest city, Yakutsk, takes three days to drive to and the temperature causes vehicles to break down regularly, making it a very dangerous trip.
    It has only one shop and very few jobs.
    Phones do not work due to the temperature, and there is no plumbing since water in the pipes would freeze, so you have to go outside to use the toilet.
    When the temperature drops below 50 degrees, it's dangerous to spend more than ten minutes outside. It’s easy to lose a toe or a nose.
    To get an idea of how cold it is, if you throw a cup of boiling water into the air, the water would instantly turn to snow in the air.
    Just about everyday is a struggle for its residents, but that certainly doesn’t deter them from living here.
    Its people love visitors and will accommodate visitors into their homes, as there are no hotels.
    They erected a plaque to commemorate the scientist who recorded the record low temperature in the town’s center.
    They do get some relatively warm days in summer (The highest being 34.6 °C (94 °F) in July 2010).
    It is popular with photographers who come here to photograph its sunsets.
    It’s been inhabited for centuries and some of its residents say they would not want to live anywhere else.

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