International borders separate one country from another. History, current events, politics and demographics shape what takes place at these borders. While borders seem like permanent fixtures they have revolved throughout time, reminding us that the only constant is change.
This explain the reason why when we think of international borders between countries, we often tend to think of either secured checkpoints or, perhaps, unremarkable, isolated, and imaginary dividers between two pieces of land.
However, it is also very well depend on how friendly bordering nations are borders drastically change. For instance, it’s easy to miss borders located between friendly nations located in the European Union’s Schengen zone, which are simply marked by a sign or line in the road. Other borders are impossible to miss, for instance the border between the US and Mexico is guarded by armed guards, long lines and clearly marked signs warning against illegally crossing from one side to the other.
Some borders, though, are truly fascinating and downright cool. Listed below are some of the more interesting international borders on the planet.
1. Norway & Sweden
Without question, this border between Norway and Sweden is one of the coolest in existence. Here we have Norway on the right and Sweden on the left. The border trail you see here, not all of which is rideable, is over 1,000 miles long.
2. United States – Mexico
That’s US on the left and Mexico on the right. This border is about 2000 miles long.
3. Slovakia, Austria And Hungary
Picnic at the borders? This bench marks the border where Slovakia, Austria and Hungary all meet up.
4. Belgium & Netherlands
This particular border is an example of how the borders should be – no border control and no worries about which country you’re in. It has white crosses to mark the border, but no one really cares.
5. Haiti And The Dominican Republic
Distinguished By Their Radically Different Environmental Protection Laws
6. Brazil & Uruguay
You will cross the border of both countries without realizing it.
7. Poland & Ukraine
These giant fish across the Poland and Ukraine border are intended to represent unity. The unique design was created by Polish artist Jaroslaw Koziara as part of a Land Arts Festival. As a point of interest, NBC notes that “the giant fish was created by seeding different kinds of plants on the field between the Polish and Ukrainian border.”
8. Bhutan & India
A drain to separating the 2 neighboring countries?
9. India-Pakistan Border
Line of Control refers to military control like between both the neighbouring nations.
1o. Vatican City & Italy
The entrance to the St. Peter’s Square actually marks the border between Italy & Vatican City. Amazing right?