Top 10 Unique Borders or Walls in the World
Northern Ireland: The Peace Walls
Don't be confused by its moniker. The Peace Walls were built to separate Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods in order to minimize violence between them. The Peace Walls varies in length, height, and construction.
Since 2008, a series of discussion began about how and when the Peace Walls could be removed. Finally, in May 2013, the Northern Ireland Executive made a commitment to remove all peace walls by mutual consent in 2023.
Israel-Palestinian: The West Bank Wall.
Israelis call it “security fence”; Palestinians call it “wall of apartheid.” This imposing wall that stretches more than 280 miles in length and up to 26 feet in height along the West Bank, is a constant source controversy and a symbol of subjugation of one group by another.
Supporters of the wall show statistics of decreased terrorist attacks since its construction, while opponents of the wall say the wall has allowed Israel to annex more territory and has made life more difficult for the Palestinians.
India-Bangladesh: The Longest Border Wall in the World.
The 2,400-mile border between India and Bangladesh is one of the longest in the world. To prevent illegal immigrants, drug dealers, and Muslim Bangladeshis to cross to India, a double fenced, barbed wire wall was started in 1989. So far, 1,700 miles of wall has been built.
South Korea-North Korea: The Korean Demilitarized Zone.
The end of the Korean War did nothing to end hostilities between the two nations. Tensions are so heavy that the Demilitarized Zone was created to divide the Korean Peninsula roughly in half.
The Demilitarized Zone or DMZ is 160 miles long, and about 2.5 miles wide. It serves as a buffer to keep the forces of the two Koreas at a safe distance from each other. Anyone who crosses the line will be shot.
Canada-United States: The Longest Border in the World.
Officially known as the International Boundary, the border between Canada and the United States is the longest in the world at 5,525 miles, including 1,538 miles between Canada and Alaska.
It also used to be the longest undefended border in the world until September 11 happened. Now citizens from both countries have to carry passports to get in, security measures have become more stringent, and more guards patrol the border.
Mexico-United State: The Busiest Border in the Western Hemisphere.
The San Ysidro Port of entry in San Diego, California is considered as the busiest port of entry in the world catering to 18 million cars and 35 million people. It is also the busiest border in terms of deporting Mexicans back to their country.
China-Russia: Countries that Border the Greatest Number of Other Countries.
First and third in terms if land mass, Russia and China are tied when it comes to countries that border the greatest number of other countries. Each country borders 14 other countries.
For Russia, these are the countries that Russia shares a border with: Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Kazakhstan, North Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, Norway, Poland, and Ukraine.
These are the countries that China shares a border with: Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, North Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Vietnam.
China-Nepal: The Highest Border in the World.
Reaching 29,029 feet above sea level, Mount Everest's summit straddles between China's autonomous region of Tibet and Nepal, and is therefore considered as the highest border in the world.
Since Sir Edmund Hillary climbed Mount Everest in 1953, approximately 4,000 people have successfully climbed this highest peak on earth. But over 280 people have died trying to climb it.
Belgium-Netherlands: The Most Complicated Border in the World.
The Belgium town of Baarle-Hertog is complicatedly intertwined with the town of Baarle-Nassau in south Netherlands. There are 26 enclaves of Baarle-Hertog, the smallest of which is only 2,632 square metres in area.
The puzzle pieces of Baarle-Hertog date back to medieval treaties, agreements, land-swaps and sales between the Lords of Breda and the Dukes of Brabant. In spite of its complicated arrangement, citizens of both countries seem to take in stride their border arrangement and they live in harmony with each other.
Spain-Morocco: The Shortest Border in the World.
This 85-meter line separating Morocco from Spain's outpost of Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera is considered the shortest land border between sovereign states. Penon was an island. But in 1934, a massive storm deposited a sandy isthmus connecting it to the African mainland.