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This morning I was remindered how cold things can get here in Holland after I’d woken up with my lips frozen stuck to my pillow. However, after learning about the Siberian village of Oymyakon, things really don’t seem so bad after all. Temperatures in Oymyakon can drop to a staggering -71C, making it the coldest, permanently inhabited place on earth.

As you can imagine, living in the a place like that is not very conventient: you can hardly drink anything as it instantly freezes in your glass, batteries shut down and the villagers leave their cars running as they’re afraid the engine won’t restart again. Also, apart from meat, there isn’t much food as nothing can grow on the land, which is deep frozen to a depth of 8 feet.

It’s plenty horrible enough, and that’s before we even tell you the worst part — cellphones don’t work in these kind of hellish temperatures! That’s right: no texting, Tweeting or checking Facebook status updates. Before you know it you’ll begin to feel phantom cell phone vibrations in the left pocket where your phone resides as you slowly transform in a highly detailed snowman. All in all, we understand if a visit to Oymyakon probably won’t rank very high on your bucket list. However, it does make for some truly amazing photos as you can see below.

The Coldest Inhabited Place On Earth

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A Communist-era monument marking the record-breaking temperature of -71.2 recorded in the village in 1924. It reads ‘Oymyakon, the Pole of Cold’
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Farmer Nikolai Petrovich waters his cows at a patch of thermal water on the edge of Oymyakon. Despite its terrible winters, in June, July and August temperatures over 30c are not uncommon.
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Cows walk back to their sheds after watering in the Oymyakon thermal spring
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Oymyakon village at dawn with a plume of smoke rising from the heating plant. Most people still burn coal and wood for heat. When coal deliveries are irregular the power station starts burning wood. If the power ceases, the town shuts down in about five hours, and the pipes freeze and crack
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Alexander Platonov, 52, a retired teacher, dressed for a quick dash to the outdoor toilet at his home in Oymyakon. Travel companies offer tourists the opportunity to visit the village and sample life in the freezing conditions
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A petrol station on the way to Oymyakon. Cars are generally left running full time by locals who fear they won’t restart if turned off
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A man leaves his van and walks into Oymyakon’s only shop as paper waste is burnt in a 40 gallon drum
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A Young student and an, extremely cute, East Siberian Laikas puppy pose for the camera
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A view of Stalin’s ‘Road of Bones’, the route to Oymyakon, on a -50c evening Source