Living in EU, I often forget the long queues that once formed on the borders of countries. Now it’s just a boring plate that you cross on the highway. There are still borderlines far from boring though, and far from regular. Here are some of them!
Border between India and Pakistan visible from space
Actually not a border, but Line of Control, it’s a line between Indian-controlled and Pakistani-controlled parts of former state of Kashmir. Established in 1972, it’s still not recognised internationally, though India constructed a 550km (340 mi) long fence along this border. It’s not only illuminated, but also electrified.
Another peculiarity about the border between India and Pakistan is Wagah ceremony, a daily military show that military forces of both countries have followed since 1959.
Baarle-Nassau and Baarle-Hertog
Baarle is a town on a border of Netherlands and Belgium, divided between the municipalities of Baarle-Nassau and Baarle-Hertog. It’s mostly a Belgian exclave, though the separation isn’t obvious in this one. The city is split onto 24 pieces, with several Dutch exclaves within the Belgian ones.
A border with white crosses now zigzags through the town, sometimes cutting houses or plots in half. The residents are friendly to each other and seem to enjoy the borderline, as this curiosity attracts tourists to Baarle.
There’s even a house with two addresses and two doorbells!
North and South Korea
Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) lies on the border between North and South Korea, and despite its name, it is the most heavily militarised border in the world. As no one ever enters this 250 km (160 mi) long and 4 km (2.5 mi) wide stripe, it inadvertently became a natural preserve. Rare birds and animals that disappeared from other regions of Asia found a refuge here, in this heavily fortified zone.
Sweden and Norway
The trees on the border of Sweden and Norway were removed and now it looks like a perfect route for snowmobiles. Careful though, riding snowmobiles for fun is illegal in Norway (on the right).
Poland and Ukraine
Two huge fish cut in half by the border of Poland and Ukraine were made by Jaroslaw Koziara during Land Art Festival in Poland.
Russia and China
I don’t think this one needs any comments… Apparently someone has an inferiority complex :)
Russia and United States (also, today and tomorrow)
Two small islands of Diomede are only 4 kilometres (2,5 mi) apart, but the time difference between them is 23 hours. This is the reason they’re sometimes called Tomorrow and Yesterday islands. There is even a webcam installed for you to see the next day.