With all the talk in the media recently of immigration, country borders and border control, we decided to take a look at some of the worlds most unique borders. Where one country ends and another begins, you are sure to find some very revealing insights into the societies and economies that shape our lives. While some borders are peaceful and even a bit amusing, others are well guarded and somewhat terrifying. What do these borders say about societies? Humanity? Our very existence? You be the judge. These are 25 Incredible Country Borders That Powerfully Describe Our World.
Haiti and Dominican Republic
Thanks to deforestation in Haiti, it is easy to tell which country is which
China and Nepal
The summit of the highest mountain on Earth marks the border between these two nations.
Argentina and Chile
A statue of Jesus Christ stands on the border to symbolize peace between the two countries.
Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia
This picnic table marks the spot where these three EU countries meet.
Spain and Morocco
In the foreground is a golf course in the Spanish exclave of Melilla. It is surrounded by high fences to prevent immigration.
North Korea and South Korea
This night time satellite photo shows just how underdeveloped North Korea is.
United States and Canada
Here you see the Peace Arch which is one of many sights along the longest border in the world!
India and Pakistan
The orange line separating India and Pakistan in this image is not photoshop. It is actually created by the numerous floodlights illuminating the border!
Slovakia and Poland
High up on the summit of Mt. Rysy is a sign that marks the border between these two EU nations
United States and Mexico
On the left is San Diego, California and on the right is Tijuana, Mexico.
United Kingdom and Spain
There is a runway between the two checkpoints of Spain (background) and Gibraltar (foreground).
Sweden and Norway
This photo captures the longstanding peace between these two Nordic countries.
Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay
These three nations all connect at point known as the Triple Frontier.
Netherlands and Belgium
It is easy to see how closely integrated these two countries are.
Afghanistan and Pakistan
An American soldier patrols the area surrounding the Torkham Gate between the two countries.
Vatican City and Italy
The entrance to St. Peter’s Square serves as the border between these two nations.
Our first non-international border (at least not anymore), in this satellite image you can see Berlin’s ongoing struggle for unification. The streetlights in east Berlin still glow orange while in west Berlin they glow white.
Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia
Cerro Zapaleri, an extinct volcano, lies on the tripoint between these three nations.
Macau and China
When crossing between these two nations, the Lótus Bridge switches traffic from left (Macau) to right (China).
Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
Formerly considered the only quadripoint (place where 4 nations meet) in the world, the border has been adjusted to create two tripoints.
Spain and Portugal
That’s right, there’s a zipline!
Germany and Netherlands
The Eurode Business Center straddles the border between these two countries. Although it is an amazing symbol of EU solidarity, it still takes mail about 1 week to get from one side of the building to the other.
Like Berlin, here is another depiction of how the past can linger. This is a map of railways in Poland. So what does that have to do with borders you ask? Well, before 1914 western Poland was part of Germany and eastern Poland belonged to Russia and Austria-Hungary. You can still see the border because the rail network was much denser on the German side. It remains that way more than 100 years later.
United States and Canada
The shortest bridge in the world connects a homeowner’s house in Canada with his backyard in the United States. The backyard is called Zavikon Island (in New York).
United States and Russia
Although you probably knew that they were close, you might not have realized how close. Little Diomede Island on the left belongs to Alaska while Big Diomede Island on the right belongs to Russia. You could almost throw a rock between the two countries.