What’s the Northernmost Town in the world?

What’s the Northernmost Town in the world?


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images, and graphics for seven days by using the link in the description. If you ask an American, the northernmost town
in the world is probably Toronto, Canada. If you ask a Brit, it’s Edinburgh, Scotland,
but for everyone else, the northernmost town in the world is somewhere here but instead
of just telling you I’m going to beat around the bush for four minutes so I can turn this
into a video. Now, if you watch my other channel, Wendover
Productions, you know that I went to the northernmost town in the United States, Barrow, Alaska,
which is decently big by Arctic standards. About 5,000 people live there making it the
largest Arctic city in North America, but North America really doesn’t have arctic
cities, but if you draw a line this way you get to Tromso, Norway which is at pretty much
the same latitude as Barrow but over 70,000 people live there. Part of it is because Tromso is warmer by
on average 10-15 degrees than Barrow thanks to the gulf stream. You can tell from pictures that Tromso is
significantly more hospitable than Barrow and so it has a big tourism industry that
sustains its economy, but if you draw another line this way you get to Murmansk, Russia. Because logic and sensibility doesn’t exist
in Russia, over 300,000 people live in this town which is… not quite as scenic as Tromso. Despite being over 600 miles north of Helsinki,
Finland, Murmansk has a larger population than the Yukon, the Northwest Territories,
Nunavut, and Greenland combined. For some perspective, if Murmansk was in North
America, it would be 2,000 miles north of New York—that’s a four hour flight. But still, there are plenty of towns further
north. One of the most notable is Longyearbyen on
Svalbard. Svalbard is a part of Norway, but only kinda. You see, it is sovereign Norwegian territory,
but it has some pretty unique laws. Back in the 1920’s, after years of dispute
over land rights, a bunch of countries got together and signed the Svalbard treaty. It said that Svalbard was Norway’s land,
but any country that signed the treaty had the right to go and mine or fish or engage
in any other commercial activity on the Archipelago. That’s why Svalbard has towns like Barentsburg,
a mining town with an almost 100% Russian population. It’s also home to this place—a Russian
consulate which is the northernmost diplomatic mission in the world. Because of this treaty, Svalbard is also an
entirely visa-free area. Anyone from any country can live and work
in Svalbard for as long as they want with no visa at all. Longyearbyen is also surprisingly connected
for being so far north. Its airport has multiple daily flights down
to Oslo and also holds the title of being the northernmost commercial airport in the
world so Longyearbyen is pretty much the northernmost place that you can easily get to. You could literally start your day on top
of the world in Svalbard and end it in Newark, New Jersey… not that you’d want to of
course. But at this point we need to split the settlements
into two categories—public and private. You see, there’s real use to being in the
Arctic for both military and meteorological reasons. For example, the US’s northernmost military
base is Thule air base in Greenland which primarily serves as a radar site to detect
ballistic missiles coming over the North Pole. There are also places like Nord, Greenland—a
weather station with a permanent population of four and Alert, Canada—the northernmost
permanent settlement in the world. This place is so far North that from it it
would actually be faster to fly over the North Pole to Mongolia than than it would be to
fly to Washington DC. It’s so far North that the sun is down for
four full months in the Winter and up for four full months in the Summer. Alert is closer to the north Pole than it
is to any other Canadian town. Although, the settlement primarily serves
as a military and research base situated to defend Canadian sovereignty of the high arctic,
so it is not a public settlement—you can’t just decide to move there—so it cannot be
called the northernmost town in the world. So, slightly further south is the northernmost
town in the world—the northernmost place that you can move to with no permission—Ny-Ålesund
on Svalbard. This town only has a permanent population
of about 35 people, but it’s a real functioning place. It even has the northernmost post office in
the world and since it’s on Svalbard, it still has zero visa requirement, meaning that
you can literally just go and move there tomorrow. So, if you get tired of civilization and stupid
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100 thoughts on “What’s the Northernmost Town in the world?

  1. IMO, instead of beating around the bush, you could give some footage on the places you mentioned, not just photos. I would really love to see those places in Summer! Like, are there most northern wild life parks with some polar bears and such? And is there green grass or black rocks instead of snow and ice in the Summer? Geography geek asking😄👍🏻

  2. I love Tromso, Norway. A beautiful town and friendly people. The Northern Lights make it a nice touch. Worth it to anyone who wants to see and experience a humble European lifestyle. So fortunate a majority of my ancestry comes from over there.

  3. So it’s not part of any country? Does the island itself have a name? I feel like you should have elaborated more on the the subject that’s the title of the video. Overall great video though

  4. Thank you for using polar projection for at least some of these maps. After watching your other video on Svalbard, I had no clue what it was actually shaped like.

  5. you are talking about ""stupid youtubers"" and in the next line you make a commercial for some youtube software shit that you promote…..Guess who is the stupid youtuber now?
    Greetings from Greece.

  6. God created a planet with 2/3rds of it being salty water we can't drink, and the land riddled with mountains too high to breath, swamps too infested with saw grass and critters, deserts too hot to live in, poles too cold to farm on. All out land is surrounded by water we can't drink, water so deep you'll drown, infested with sharks, and if some how you make it to the south pole, there is no plant or animal life to speak of. The mountains are no better, the higher you climb the colder it gets and the thinner the atmosphere gets, until so thin you pass out. Drilling down isn't going to work either, the deepest we've ever dug was 13km. Drill bits stop working at that depth because of the rock pressure. No one has dug deeper than 13k into the earth.

    It's like this God created a prison planet.

  7. As a Russian, your joke makes a lot of sense because we slant toward an intuitive/emotional over sensible/logical culture. Ruled by the fire and water more than air and earth elements, if you will. That doesn’t make us unintelligent or immune to logic and reason. Logical and reasoning Russkies are everywhere, you just have to find them.:-) Lastly, I don’t consider your joke anti-Russian. Fuck Russophobia and those DAMNED Hundreds n Thousands who think we’re not Slavic.

  8. You could not help including a degrading and smart arse comment about Russia @ 01:05 could you?
    Stay in the USA and do the rest of the world a favour.
    This is just an add masquerading as information.

  9. Ask anyone in Britain it's far more likely they'll say Aberdeen. Even though Orkney and Shetland Islands are more north.

  10. That's actually false. You cannot fly there as tickets first need to be approved. It's a research town with no tourism.

  11. The intro is stupid I’m from Scotland he pronounced Edinburgh wrongly and there are more northern towns than Edinburgh

  12. So which city is Further North Montreal or Toronto? either way Toronto isn't the Furthest Northern area Sudbury is further North
    Timmins, Winnipeg and London are further North all Toronto is farther north than New York, Boston , Niagara and Buffalo,
    Miami , Jacksonvile and places like that.

  13. Logic and sensibility doesnt exist in russia?
    I guess you'll say it does in America???
    Russia has pretty much dismantled their communist regime but America seems hell bent to pick up where the former Soviet Union left off..
    I dont understand you logic and you dont sound very sensible….

  14. I am quite afraid the pronunciation of the towns' names was quite off, unless there is a unique Svalbardian Norwegian dialect that I know nothing of.

  15. If you ask a Brit with basic geographical knowledge of their own country (me), it's Lerwick. Edinburgh is not a town – it is a city.

  16. No, No, No…..Barrow, Alaska IS NOT the Northern most town in the US. It is the Northern most town in the continent; I know for sure, because I've been there…!!

  17. You need permission from the governor of Svalbard if you want to live there. Also, ny-ålesund doesn't have a public airport. The only way to get there would be by boat or with a snow scooter in winter. But I think there's only researchers living there, not sure if it's public. You can easily visit Longyearbyen though, I did 😁

  18. Unless you have a boatload of money, you're not going to want to go to Svalbard and when the plane lands, say "I'm living here." Stuff is expensive, a harsh climate, and housing is very limited. Unless sleeping on the streets in well below freezing weather and then being eaten by a polar bear is your thing, I suggest not just showing up unannounced one day and deciding to move in.

  19. This was annoying. Factually incorrect. You cannot just move to NyÅlesund, it is a research base. Kings Bay provides a few non-research jobs, but it’s really restricted to go there. Get your facts straight. And PS I live in Longyearbyen which is the real ‘northern-most public town’ 🙂

  20. People in America think Toronto is most northern town in the world? What? No we don’t. I live in Minneapolis and we like 4 latitudes higher than Toronto. Seattle is higher as well lmao. Clown statement

  21. "If you asked an American, the northernmost town in the world is Toronto."
    Me, a Torontonian: 👁️👄👁️ w h a t

  22. Why the stupid, "Who would want to move to Newark NJ?" jab. Good parks, great museum and great library, good Portuguese food. Stay home in your breakfast nook in Tribeca, @-hole, and keep your comments to yourself.

  23. I've always thought the northern most town in the world was/is Hammerfest. The northern most town in the world is not just which town is closest to the north pole, it also has to do with the "0 meridian, also called Primline or Greenwich.
    Just like the equator represents the division of north and south, the 0 meridian, primeline/Greenwich determines east and west.
    So the northernmost town in the world is the town that is closest to the 0 meridian AND closest to the north pole= so and so many degrees east or west of the 0 meridian, and so and so many degrees north of equator

  24. Ngl, I'm kinda tempted to move to Svalbard. I've always wanted to live in Norway but if that doesn't work out, that's a backup.

  25. A bit misleading picture of video on the feed, as it leads us to believe the northernmost town is Nordkapp, the northernmost place of continental Norway and Europe

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