The Coldest Inhabited Place on Earth: Oymyakon, Russia
As the coldest inhabited place on earth (with a recorded temperature of -71.2 degrees C in 1924), the small Russian town of Oymyakon, with a population of 500, was once only used as a location for political exiles. Winter temperatures average at about -50 degrees C, which has a serious effect on body function. The ground is permanently frozen all year long and the town currently has only one hotel. Popular sports include skiing, ice hockey and ice fishing.