10 Most Severe and Remote Cities in the World

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Ittoqqortoormiit in Greenland

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Even for a distant and isolated Greenland, this city is quite far from the rest of the world, and it’s not easy to live here. 450 people live in this town. There is only one food store and a couple of round-the-clock mini supermarkets. Residents mainly hunt and fish. Tourists come here for recreation in the wild sleigh riding or kayaking.

Longyearbyen in the Norwegian province of Svalbard

At the moment in this city, founded in 2006 on the remote Arctic island of Svalbard, there are about 3,000 inhabitants. There are practically no crimes, despite the fact that most people have weapons that are usually used to scare away polar bears. The city serves as a starting point for researchers of glaciers and fjords.

Adak in Alaska, USA

Adak in Alaska, USA
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Adak is the southernmost city of Alaska. It is also a part of the group of the Aleutian Islands. During the last census, only 326 inhabitants were registered here. Initially, the city served as a naval base.

Adamstown, Pitcairn Islands

The city was named in honor of John Adams, and technically it is the territory of the United Kingdom. And yet there is a government here, despite the fact that only 50 people live in the town. There are no airports or hotels, but if you want to visit it, you’ll have to swim to Adamstown on a ship and rent a room from locals.

Hanga-Roa on Easter Island

Hanga-Roa on Easter Island
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This city is the only permanent settlement of Easter Island where about 3,300 people live. The island became famous due to the large stone heads standing on the ground and the puzzle around their appearance.

Oymyakon in Russia

Oymyakon in Russia
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Oymyakon valley is the most severe place on our planet, where a permanent population is registered. Despite the fact that it is the world’s coldest place, summer here can be hot in the daytime.

La Rinconada in Peru

La Rinconada in Peru
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This city is located in the Andes at an altitude of about 5,100 meters above sea level. This fact makes La Rinconada the highest inhabited place on our planet. Because of its location, it is rather difficult to live here.

Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, the Tristan da Cunha Archipelago

Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, the Tristan da Cunha Archipelago
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This is the only town on the archipelago with a permanent population of 264 people. They all come from just 7 families. The archipelago is considered the most remote settlement in the world. It is 1,850 kilometers away from the nearest settlement.

Bantam, Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Bantam, Cocos (Keeling) Islands
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These islands were given to the government of Australia in the 1950s. Until the 19th century, they were not inhabited. The population of the island is 600 people who gather coconuts.

Iqaluit in Canada – A City on the Shores of the Arctic Ocean

This is the most remote town in Canada. The place where the city is located (the shore of the Arctic Ocean) is considered to be a zone of permafrost. The climate here is very harsh. In winter, the winds can reach speeds of up to 130 km/h.

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