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10 Countries to Live in if You Hate the Heat

Had enough of warm weather? Why not take one of these places into consideration when moving...

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4 August 2016

Last updated on 19 October 2017
10 Countries to Live in if You Hate the Heat

For most of us, a few weeks of cold weather is just enough. But if you're planning on moving abroad, and want to avoid hot and humid climates, perhaps one of these countries will attract you. After all, winter is a wonderful season, bringing lots of enjoyment for all! 

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From snowball fights, snow angels, everyone's favourite snowman, hot chocolate, warm winter clothes and reindeers... There's lots of amazing things that come with the colder weather. Who wouldn't want winter all year round? Especially if you're someone who despises the heat.

Take care though, because for these countries that are cold all year round, winter can get a little in the way at times... Make sure you're prepared for the weather before moving. 

1. Estonia

Located between Finland and the Baltic Sea is the country of Estonia. The temperatures aren't as cold as some other countries on this list, but its cold temperatures can prevent people from having a comfortable living situation during its wintery seasons. But even during other season, the temperatures remain low, and so it is perennially cold here.

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2. Finland

Despite its beautiful and breathtaking views and landsacpes, the Scandinavian country of Finland has some of the coldest and harsh winters on our planet. They're especially harsh when temperatures reach -20 degrees Celsius... And the country's winters can last up to four months in a year! Nonetheless, if you can forgive the country's winters, you'll no doubt enjoy the slightly warmer and more pleasant summers here. 

10 Countries to Live in if You Hate the Heat

3. Mongolia

On average, the country of Mongolia sees a temperature of 0 degrees Celsius between the months of April to October. For the remaining months, residents living here can expect -20 degrees Celsius. Life can be somewhat difficult when the temperature is at its lowest. 

10 Countries to Live in if You Hate the Heat

4. Iceland

It says it in the name... Iceland is a cold place! This Scandinavian country experiences temperatures around 0 degree Celsius. All year round, it's not very hot as the country is located in the north, and so even the sun's rays don't make much of a difference to the temperature. In fact, the coldest temperature ever recorded in Iceland was aroudn -40 degree Celsius. Wow!

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10 Countries to Live in if You Hate the Heat

5. Greenland

Don't be fooled by its name... While it's the largest island in the world, Greenland is also one of the coldest countries. So much so that it's covered with a large sheet of ice, which prevents sunlight from penetrating into the country, making it very cold. 

10 Countries to Live in if You Hate the Heat

6. The USA

Yes, you may be surprised to learn that the United States of America is on our list. Of course, not the country entirely. It's such a big place that there are understandably varying temperatures across it. The USA has some very hot places, and some very cold places. Alaska is one of them, which can be found in the northern region of America... And it's very cold! 

10 Countries to Live in if You Hate the Heat

7. Kazakhstan

One of the lesser known neighbours of Russia, Kazakhstan is indeed one of the coldest countries in the world. Its summers can be tolerable, there's no denying that, but its winters are super cold. Snowfall is often accompanied with rainfall, making the harsh weathers that much worse. 

10 Countries to Live in if You Hate the Heat

8. Canada

Did you know that the northern and eastern regions of Canada can have winters that last up to five months long?! It's during these times that the temperature can drop as low as -40 degrees. That's chilly! Thankfully for any expat considering a move here, you'll be pleased to know that the country's facilitated an infrastructure to help life in the cold, cold weather.

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10 Countries to Live in if You Hate the Heat

9. Russia

Some areas of Russia see sunlight for only 2 months in an entire year... Imagine that! Winter has certainly come in this country, so much so that in the peak of the summer months, the temperature might just reach -3 degrees Celsius. 

10 Countries to Live in if You Hate the Heat

10. Norway

While Norway shares the same latitude as Alaska, Greenland and Siberia, the country is lucky enough to experience a more pleasant climate in comparison to its neighbours. Of course, despite the seasonal changes, temperatures remain low, which makes this place the perfect spot for ski lovers.