Every country – besides those that are island countries – borders another.
Some of these borders may be commonplace,
but others can be very beautiful,
interesting, or just plain strange.
Here’s a collection of photographs of 10 fascinating borders from around the world,
made astounding by both natural and man-made features.
1. Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil
The point where the Iguazu and Parana rivers converge is called the Triple Frontier, this tri-border connecting the three South American Nations. At the convergence of each border, all three countries have an obelisk painted in their national colors. It’s also home to the Tancredo Neves Bridge, which connects the Argentine city of Puerto Iguazu with Foz do Iguacu in Brazil.
2. Haiti and the Dominican Republic
The border between Haiti (on the left) and the Dominican Republic (on the right) can easily be seen from an aerial view. There’s a stark contrast between the vibrant green landscape of the Dominican Republic compared to the barren brown one of Haiti, the later having limited deforestation laws.
3.Norway and Sweden
Norway and Sweden is divided by a border that’s over 1000 miles long and is marked with a pathway of removed trees. It’s the longest border of either country. In this picture, snowmobilers line up to ride along the pathway. They’re actually toeing a literal legal line, as snowboarding for recreation is legal in Sweden (on the left) but illegal in Norway (on the right).
4. China and Nepal
The summit of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain on earth, acts as a border between China and the sovereign state of Nepal.
5. Argentina and Brazil
The waterfalls of the Iguazu River in South America, Iguazu Falls, are right on the border of the Argentine province Misiones and the Brazilian state Parana. The river primarily flows through Brazil, but most of the falls are on the Argentine side.
6. Netherlands and Belgium
The country borders in Baarle can be quite confusing. The entire town is surrounded by the Netherlands, but 26 separate pieces of the town belong to Belgium. You can tell where’s where by the visible borders on the streets, which make it much easier to tell what’s Belgium (Baarle-Hertog) and what’s Netherlands (Baarle-Nassau).
7. Poland and Ukraine
This border that divides Poland and Ukraine gets decorated every year for a local art festival (the Land Art Festival). The fish shapes shown in this photo were created by sowing several different crops right on the border.
8. Slovakia and Poland
Slovakia and Poland are separated by Mt. Rysy, a mountain in the crest of High Tatras that lies right on the border of the two European countries. The mountain has three peaks, one in Poland and two in Slovakia.
9. Austria, Hungary, Slovakia
A triangular shaped picnic table marks where these 3 European countries meet. Each side of the table has an emblem that shows what country’s side you’re sitting on.
10. United States and Canada
The border between the United States and Canada is official known as the International Boundary and is the longest international border in the world. It stretches across about 5500 miles.
Question of the Day:
What borders have you seen?
Let us know in the comments below!