Ottawa is often regarded as one of the coldest capital cities on the planet. If you want to keep track, timeanddate.com has an easy tool to compare it to other subzero locale — just scroll to the bottom of the page.
On the coldest days (or nights!), capitals often placed before or after Ottawa include Mongolia’s Ulan Bator, Seoul in South Korea, Pyongyang in North Korea, Iceland’s Reykjavik and the Kazakh capital, Astana.
(As of publication on Feb. 5 at 10:12 a.m., Ottawa is the third coldest capital at -16, after Astana and Ulan Bator.)