Do You Live in One of These 28 Extremes around the World?
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Summary: While some of these places are uninhabitable, many of these places are full of people. Find out if you or anyone you know lives in one of these extreme places.

  1. Where is the world’s coldest place?

Eastern Antarctic Plateau

East Antarctic Plateau

On the high ridge of the East Antarctic Plateau, the temperature can drop to as low as -135.8 degrees Fahrenheit, which was recorded in August 2010.

  1. Where is the world’s most populated city?

Shanghai, the world's most populated city.


At a whopping 24,150,000 permanent inhabitants, Shanghai is the only city that is home to over 24 million people in one city.

  1. Where is the world’s least populated city? (the picture is the clue)

Vatican City, the world's least populated city.

Vatican City

With a paltry population of 842, the city-state of Vatican City is the smallest city and state in the world.

  1. Where is the world’s wealthiest city?

Tokyo, Japan is the world's wealthiest city.

Tokyo, Japan

That tower might as well be made of gold since Tokyo tops the charts with a GDP of $1,520 billion, beating New York City by a mere $310 billion.

  1. Where is the world’s poorest city in the poorest country?

Kinshasa, Congo is the world's poorest city in the world's poorest country.

Kinshasa, Congo

It is the poorest city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is also the poorest country in the world, with a GDP of $55 billion. Many of its residents live on less $1 a day.

  1. What is the highest point in the world? (This one is easy)

Mount, Everest is the highest point in the world.

Mount Everest

Towering 29,029 feet in the air, the top of Mount Everest is the closest you can get to touching outer space while still standing on Earth.

  1. Where is the lowest point in the world?

The Challenger Deep trench is the lowest point in the world.

The Challenger Deep Trench

It is the lowest known natural point in the world at 35,797 feet below sea level at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Only three people have ever made it to the bottom in a submersible, one of which was filmmaker James Cameron.

  1. What is the most photographed place in the U.S.?

The Guggenheim Building is the most photographed place in the US.

Surprise: The Guggenheim building in New York

Photos have always told stories, but in today’s world of cell phone cameras and social media, that story is relayed as data to companies who monitor everything we do. Geotagged data was culled by Sights map using a Google-based image sharing software and can show us the most photographed places in the world, right down to this landmark. The strange winner is this building in New York City. Guess it impresses a lot of visitors.

And I thought it was Abbey Road, London.

  1. Where is the wettest spot on Earth? (It’s not the Amazon!)

Maysynram, India is the wettest place on Earth.

Mawsynram, India

In this city in India, it rains an average of 467.35 inches per year, and has a record of 1000 inches in 1985 … much more than any rainforest!

  1. Where is the driest spot on Earth? (It’s not the Sahara!)

The Atacama Desert is the driest spot on Earth.

The Atacama Desert

The 600 miles of South America’s Atacama Desert is recorded as the driest place on Earth, no contest. This desert has an average of only 4 inches of rain every hundred years. Incredible but true.

  1. What city claims to be the sunniest place in the U.S.?

Yuma, Arizona is the sunniest place in the US.

Yuma, Arizona

In this city in Arizona, the sun shines for an average of 11 hours a day. The usual forecast is sun for 90 percent of the year, averaging a total of 4015 daylight hours each year.

  1. Where is the most expensive city to live in? (It’s not in the U.S. thankfully.)

Singapore is the most expensive city to live in.


This city has recently beaten out Tokyo, Japan, for the title of “most expensive city” for 2014. Cars can cost between 4-6 times as much in Singapore from what they cost in the US or UK (for example, a Toyota Prius actually costs about $150,000.00 there).

  1. Where is the least expensive city to live in?

Mumbai, India is the least expensive city to live in.

Mumbai, India

At the other end of the spectrum, Mumbai, India, is the cheapest place to live in the world, according to the Worldwide Cost of Living Index, 2014. For some comparison, a loaf of bread that would cost $3.36 in Singapore would only cost $0.91 in Mumbai. A lot of poverty brings the cost of living down.

  1. What country consumes the most food per capita?

The United States consumes the most food per capita.

The United States

We eat an average of 3,770 calories a day. Shamefully, obesity is becoming more of a problem every year.

  1. Where is the world’s oldest city?

Damascus is considered the world's oldest city.


There’s quite a bit of controversy over which city gets to officially claim the title of oldest continuously inhabited city. However, Damascus is the safest bet, with evidence of a civilization that extends back over 11,000 years.

  1. Which is the youngest country in the world?

South Sudan is the youngest country.

South Sudan

The people of South Sudan were formally recognized as an independent country in 2011, making it the youngest country in the world to date.

  1. Which is the world’s most visited city?

London is the world's most visited city.


After several years of competition with Bangkok, London has regained its place as the world’s most visited city (according to MasterCard’s 2014 Global Destinations City Index). The city sees about 18.69 million international visitors annually, generating $19.3 billion in revenue for their city.

  1. What is the world’s least popular country?

Iran is the world's least popular city.


On that same rating scale, Iran has come in dead last (at a 79% negativity rating) for many years. Only 15% of people polled viewed Iran in a positive light.

  1. Where is the world’s most dangerous city to live in?

San Pedro, Honduras is the world's most dangerous city.

San Pedro, Honduras

This city averages over three murders a day. The violence stems from the city’s role as a major hub for illegal drug and arms trafficking.

  1. Which country consumes the most caffeine in the world?

Sweden consumes the most caffeine in the world.


The strong coffee in Sweden will put a spring in your step, and hair on your tongue. The Swedes consume an average of 388 mg of caffeine in coffee per person, per day (that’s almost 5 Red Bulls in the U.S.).

  1. Which country in the world drinks the most alcohol?

Belarus drinks the most alcohol per person each year.


In the little country of Belarus, each person above the age of 16 drinks an average of 4.62 gallons of alcohol every year. That’s a lot of booze.

  1. Which country is the most bicycle friendly in the world?

The Netherlands is the most bicycle friendly country in the world.

The Netherlands

By comparing cities using the average number of bicycle trips made daily, one city reigns supreme: Groningen in the Netherlands. About 50 percent of the population commutes via bike daily, making it the city with the greatest proportion of cyclists. However, many other cities in the Netherlands have a great bicycling tradition.

  1. Where is the world’s most energy-efficient city?

Reykjavik, Iceland is the world's most energy-efficient city.

Reykjavik, Iceland

All of the energy and heat used by the citizens of Reykjavik, Iceland come from geothermal plants and renewable hydropower making it the most sustainable and energy efficient city in the world. This city has also been replacing traditional buses with hydrogen-fueled buses, from which the only emissions are water.

  1. Which country has the longest life expectancy in the world?

Monaco has the longest life expectancy in the world.


According to the World Health Organization’s study from 2013, Monaco tops the charts for longest living citizens with an average life expectancy of 87.2 years. Men in Monaco live an average 85.3 years, and women live longer to an average of 89 years.

  1. Which country has the shortest life expectancy?

Sierra Leone has the shortest life expectancy in the world.

Sierra Leone

On the opposite side of that coin, the population of Sierra Leone lives only to an average of 47 years. The men of Sierra Leone live to an average of 47 years old, whereas women live a little longer, an average of 48 years. Poverty plays a big role in their short life expectancy.

  1. What country would qualify as the most stressed-out nation in the world because of their living conditions?

Nigeria is the most stressed out nation due to living conditions.


By looking at the homicide rate, the GDP per capita, continued income inequality, corruption, lack of education opportunities and unemployment numbers, one thing is clear: Nigeria’s people are, hands-down, the most stressed out population in the world.

  1. Which city has the highest average IQ?

Hong Kong has the highest average IQ in the world.

Hong Kong

There are a lot of factors that affect an IQ score, ranging from national and personal wealth, to simply what test is used. As a result, these findings are highly controversial but suggest that Hong Kong has the highest IQ level, at an average of 107 points per person.

*However, Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, meaning that it falls within the sovereignty of the People’s Republic of China, yet does not form part of Mainland China, because it has its own government. So these results are questionable.

  1. Which foreign city is the world’s most well-connected one for internet use?

Seoul, South Korea is the most-well-connected internet city in the world.

Seoul, South Korea

Surprisingly, despite China’s 618 million internet users who spend an average of 18.7 hours a week surfing the net, China didn’t even make the top 10 for internet connection. Seoul, South Korea is a different story considering the average connection speed, availability, (including free access), openness to innovation, support of public data, and privacy/security, Seoul, South Korea is the champion of internet-connectedness. With 10,000 government-supported free Wi-Fi spots dotting the city, and an internet speed that goes unchallenged globally, Seoul is an internet junkie’s paradise.

Wasn’t that interesting? I’ll bet you learned something new. I know I did!


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