We may think of the borders between countries as imaginary guarded lines in the middle of nowhere. But this isn’t the general rule. Let’s see the 13 unique borders of the planet…
The borders in the city of Baarle are the most complicated borders in the world.
The entire town is surrounded by Netherlands but 26 separate pieces of the town belong to Belgium.
Wagah is the border between India and Pakistan and it is known as the “Berlin Wall of Asia”.
The ceremony of the Wagah borders is a daily military training which military forces of India and Pakistan perform since 1959. It occurs every night before the flags come down and the door which is placed in the only route between the two countries is locked.
A path among the trees constitutes the border between the two Scandinavian countries.
Snowmobiles form a line to cross this passage.
USA (right) and Russia (left)
Diomede islands are two small, rocky little islands which are located in the middle of the Bering Strait. Little Diomede is host to the American town of Diomede with a population of 146 residents. Big Diomede belongs to Russia and it’s uninhabited. The two islands are only 4 kilometres apart.
The International Date Line (an imaginary line on the Earth’s surface, which passes through the Pacific Ocean almost along the 18th meridian and separates yesterday from tomorrow) passes through the Diomede islands and it’s used as a border between USA and Russia.
So when Little Diomede’s residents look at Big Diomede, they don’t just look at another country. They look at…the day after. For example, when in Little Diomede it’s 9 a.m. Saturday, in Big Diomede it’s 6 a.m. Sunday.
The town of Derby Line in Vermont, USA is crossed by the borders USA-Canada which pass right through its centre.
Even “through” some buildings and houses.
This piece of the border between the two European countries is decorated every year by a local art festival (The Land Art Festival).
Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil
The point where the rivers Iguazu and Parana are met is known as the Triple Border, which connects the three South American states.
Venezuela, Brazil and Guiana
The fantastic mountain Roraima, which was discovered by the English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh in 1596,
declares the triple borders among the three countries.
Austria, Slovakia and Hungary
This table is the point where the borders of the three European Union countries are met.
Baltic, North Sea
The opposite waters’ tide and the different water density don’t allow the two seas incorporating and as a result the point of their meet is clearly visible.
In fact, the waters of these two seas have different temperatures. Baltic has cold waters, while the North Sea has warm waters.
Everest is the highest mountain in the world. But many people don’t know that the borders of Nepal and China separate the mountain in two, including its peak.
So Everest, except for the highest mountain, becomes the highest borders’ area, as well.
Haiti, Dominican Republic
From an environmental aspect, the Haitian side suffers from drought, as the high mountains prevent the rains from passing from the east to the west. Comparing to the Dominican Republic, the lands suitable for agriculture are very fewer in Haiti and much more sterile and weak and they can be easily corroded.
Haiti has also a limited legislation concerning deforestation comparing to the Dominican Republic.
Argentina (left), Brazil (right)
Iguazu falls are located in the river Iguazu
on the borders of the Brazilian state of Parana and the Argentinean province Misiones.