Since the beginning of civilization humans never could escape the temptation to claim ownership and distinguish themselves from the others around. Homes and private property are those claims at small scale whereas countries and continents are the claims at large scale. However, the relentlessness of their pursuit in making these claims sometimes takes a funny turn. And the result is the creation of unusual borders between countries often for equally unusual reasons.
1. Alaska and Siberia
Diomede Islands – The pair of islands located in Bering Strait between Alaska and Siberia.
The larger island called Big Diomede belongs to Russia and the smaller island called Little Diomede belongs to America. As the International Date Line passes in between them the Big Diomede is almost a day ahead of the Little Diomede. This gave them the nicknames Tomorrow Island and Yesterday Island respectively.
2. Norway, Sweden and Finland
Also Known as Three-Country Cairn has a stone monument built in 1897 by Russians.
Another notable border is between Sweden and Finland. Finland was part of the Russian Empire during that time. They built a lighthouse on an Island called Market which is part of Sweden resulting in a queer S-shaped border.
3. Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil
Also known as Triple Frontier at the confluence of Iguazu and Parana rivers.
4. India and Pakistan
Above is the satellite image of the border lit during the night from NASA. Below is the picture of soldiers from both countries participating in a border crossing ceremony for pilgrims.
5. Alberta and Saskatchewan
The border passes right through the middle of the city Lloydminster.
Despite being divided Lloydminster functions as a single city with single municipality but belongs to both Alberta and Saskatchewan.
6. Netherlands and Belgium
Baarle-Nassau and Baarle-Hertog are the two collections of enclaves belonging to respective countries.
There are a total of 30 enclaves and 26 separate pieces of land interspersed in the city.
7. US and Mexico
8. Norway and Sweden
9. Austria, Slovakia and Hungary
10. Haiti and the Dominican Republic
The border shows a stark difference between the levels of deforestation in both countries.
11. South Korea and North Korea
The border is called Korean Demilitarization Zone, meant to serve as a buffer zone during a war.
12. Spain and Portugal
The only border in the world with zip line from one country to the other.
13. Poland And Ukraine
The border adorned with fish crop circles.
14. Bolivia and Brazil
15. Italy and Switzerland
16. Spain and Morocco
17. Egypt and Israel
18. India and Bhutan.
India is on the right.
19. The United States and Canada
20. Denmark and Sweden
Sweden on the left side and Denmark on the right.