History (and sometimes, unfortunately, current events) shows us just how easily international borders can change, but we still like to think that they are permanent fixtures. These photos of different country borders around the world show you how both friendly and hostile nations like to fence off their turf.

Borders will often say much about countries' relationships. On the borders between friendly nations, especially those in the European Union's Schengen zone, the separations seem almost non-existent, marked by no more than a line or a road sign. Other borders are delineated by natural markers like rivers, or by man-made markers, like guard posts and demilitarized zones.

Now, if you'd like to know more about the relationships between this world's countries, these amazing pictures on life in the borderland illustrate the different attitudes quite well. So scroll down below for our picks of the unique country borders. Hopefully, you'll learn something new after looking at these interesting pictures!

#1

Residents Of Naco, Arizona And Naco, Mexico Play Volleyball Match Over Fence Between USA And Mexico

Residents Of Naco, Arizona And Naco, Mexico Play Volleyball Match Over Fence Between USA And Mexico

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#2

Slovakia, Austria And Hungary

Slovakia, Austria And Hungary

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Netherlands And Belgium

Netherlands And Belgium

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CaioOstertag
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Would be funny live in that house, if you are in the living room you are in Belgium, and if you are in the kitchen you are in Netherlands lol

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#5

Haiti And The Dominican Republic, Distinguished By Their Radically Different Environmental Protection Laws

Haiti And The Dominican Republic, Distinguished By Their Radically Different Environmental Protection Laws

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#6

Australia And Everywhere

Australia And Everywhere

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#8

Zipline Connects Spain And Portugal

Zipline Connects Spain And Portugal

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Argentina, Brazil And Paraguay

Argentina, Brazil And Paraguay

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#11

Macau Drives On The Left Side Of The Road, Mainland China Drives On The Right, So This Is What They Do At The Border

Macau Drives On The Left Side Of The Road, Mainland China Drives On The Right, So This Is What They Do At The Border

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#13

USA And Mexico

USA And Mexico

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#14

Denmark And Sweden

Denmark And Sweden

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MortenPersson
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, the flags are put wrong. The island, Pepperholmen, is on the danish side of the border and the bridgehead on the mainland is in Sweden. Otherwise a Nice shot.

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#15

Sweden And Norway

Sweden And Norway

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SarahMcRae
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ha, I did similar on a bridge between Sweden and Finland. :D

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#16

Point Where Borders Of Germany, The Netherlands And Belgium Converge Near City Of Aachen

Point Where Borders Of Germany, The Netherlands And Belgium Converge Near City Of Aachen

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#17

The Woman At Right Is Standing In The Lithuanian Village Of Norviliskes To Speak With Her Belarusian Relatives Across The Fence On The Border Between Belarus And Lithuania

The Woman At Right Is Standing In The Lithuanian Village Of Norviliskes To Speak With Her Belarusian Relatives Across The Fence On The Border Between Belarus And Lithuania

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#18

Usa And Canada

Usa And Canada

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StellarSutherland
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I mean who exactly draws these lines?! And splits up the earth? I know the answer, but think about it we are the only being that pays to live on earth like we have another choice... Ur born, u pay...smh

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#19

Germany And Czech Republic Showcase Two Different Approaches To Bark Beetle Infestation - Silvicultural Intervention Vs. Intentional Neglect

Germany And Czech Republic Showcase Two Different Approaches To Bark Beetle Infestation - Silvicultural Intervention Vs. Intentional Neglect

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MarcelaKaiserova
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hey! Our forests do not look that shitty! Intentional neglect my ass.

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#20

Spain And Portugal

Spain And Portugal

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Troux
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Portugal: Spain's rally stage.

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#22

German And Poland And Czech

German And Poland And Czech

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#23

North Korea Vs South Korea

North Korea Vs South Korea

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JenniferHoltz
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It should be pointed out that the dark area with only a couple of points of light is North Korea.

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#24

Iguazu Falls (border Between Argentina-brazil)

Iguazu Falls (border Between Argentina-brazil)

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MatíasRovey
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No one thinks this is a beautiful place??? Wow!

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#25

A Golden Trianglw Between Thailand, Myanmar And Laos.

A Golden Trianglw Between Thailand, Myanmar And Laos.

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#26

The Border Between Germany And Poland, On The Beach Of Usedom.

The Border Between Germany And Poland, On The Beach Of Usedom.

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Sophia Cai
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The polish one is a barber pole?

#27

Hadrian's Wall Scotland -england ( Built Because The Romans Were Afraid Of The Scots)

Hadrian's Wall Scotland -england ( Built Because The Romans Were Afraid Of The Scots)

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NicCarpenter
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

An old history teacher once said to us all in class (when we asked how come the Romans built Hadrian's Wall), "well have you ever stood on top of Hadrian's wall and looked North to Scotland in the heart of winter? It's bloody miserable". Always stuck with me and made me laugh.

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#28

Austria - Slovenia Alpine Border

Austria - Slovenia Alpine Border

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TomažTomažič
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Slovenia, on the sunny side if Alps ;(

#29

Asia Vs Europe In Russia

Asia Vs Europe In Russia

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Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

.... and this is the story behind ;) http://callmesonja.travellerspoint.com/176/

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#30

River Prut As Border Between Romania And Republic Of Moldova

River Prut As Border Between Romania And Republic Of Moldova

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MihaiMaruseac
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This one should not be a border. It's cutting the same nation in two.

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#31

Finland–sweden–norway

Finland–sweden–norway

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#32

India And Pakistan Border Visible From Space

India And Pakistan Border Visible From Space

India And Pakistan Border Visible From Space

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#33

USA And Canada

USA And Canada

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MannyMadrid
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And no armed guards trying to keep the Americans out of Canada. How fearless.

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#34

Russia And Belarus

Russia And Belarus

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#35

Poland-ukraine-slovakia Border On The Top Of A Mountain Krzemieniec

Poland-ukraine-slovakia Border On The Top Of A Mountain Krzemieniec

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#36

Poland (cieszyn) And Czech (Český Těšín)

Poland (cieszyn) And Czech (Český Těšín)

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Karen Lee
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hello, anyone to tell me how to come to this place from Czech ?

#37

North Korea And South Korea

North Korea And South Korea

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CayaRegis
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

South Korean soldiers face the border -- keeping people out. North Korean soldierd have their back against it -- keeping people in.

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#38

Canada-us Border, 1000 Islands

Canada-us Border, 1000 Islands

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MiroslavBoljević
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Old tale, but incorrect. Both Zavikon islands are in fact in Canada. https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Zavikon_Island

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#39

Chui, Uruguay - Brazil Border

Chui, Uruguay - Brazil Border

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Sophia Jeakings
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Can’t find a parking space? Just park in the next country!

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#41

#23 Bulgarian-turkish Border

#23 Bulgarian-turkish Border

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Abigail Tesfaye
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

#42

Berlin, The Light Bulbs Still Show The East/west Division From Orbit.

Berlin, The Light Bulbs Still Show The East/west Division From Orbit.

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DavidVall
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So you are telling me that they haven't had to change their lightbulbs since '89?

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#43

Chui, Uruguay - Brazil Border

Chui, Uruguay - Brazil Border

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SabrinaRebollo
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is not Chui, it´s Rivera and Santana

#44

Hermann Castle And Ivangorod Castle On The Estonian-russian Border, Formed By The Narva River.

Hermann Castle And Ivangorod Castle On The Estonian-russian Border, Formed By The Narva River.

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#45

Ban Gioc Waterfall At The Border Between Vietnam And China (photo By Dinh Xuan Dai)

Ban Gioc Waterfall At The Border Between Vietnam And China (photo By Dinh Xuan Dai)

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#46

India - Pakistan Border (atari - Wagah)

India - Pakistan Border (atari - Wagah)

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#47

Between France And Germany - Only The Different City Limit Sign Shows The Difference.

Between France And Germany - Only The Different City Limit Sign Shows The Difference.

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#48

The Real Border Between Chile (left) And Argentina (right): Cordillera De Los Andes

The Real Border Between Chile (left) And Argentina (right): Cordillera De Los Andes

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#49

Haskell Public Library, Stanstead, Québec/vermont

Haskell Public Library, Stanstead, Québec/vermont

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G Stalter
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

is there farmland quebec and vermont can share

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#51

Eu And Rest Of World (spain And Morocco)

Eu And Rest Of World (spain And Morocco)

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BobbySalomons
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"And the rest of the world"? Seems a bit of a stretch - the borders of the EU towards the rest of the world aren't all quite like this. In fact, if I'm not mistaken, this is Melilla - a tiny enclave of Spain in Morocco - that is flooded by thousands of (economic) refugees sometimes in a rush of hundreds at a time. They have little options but to build a fence and are rather unique "in Europe" even though they are on the African continent.

#52

Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia) And Poland

Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia) And Poland

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#53

# 43 France - Switzerland - Germany (in Basel)

# 43 France - Switzerland - Germany (in Basel)

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AreebAsif
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7 years ago

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That is not the flag of France. That is the flag of Luxembourg.

#54

Belize Guatemala Border In The Jungle

Belize Guatemala Border In The Jungle

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#55

Hungary (left) And Slovakia (right)

Hungary (left) And Slovakia (right)

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#56

"lago Internacional" Between Mexico And Guatemala

"lago Internacional" Between Mexico And Guatemala

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#57

Wagha Border - India And Pakistan

Wagha Border - India And Pakistan

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#58

Border Between Brazil And Uruguay

Border Between Brazil And Uruguay

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#59

25 Km Bridge Separating Bahrain From Saudi Arabia

25 Km Bridge Separating Bahrain From Saudi Arabia

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JoieLao-Pagal
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This bridge is not separating the two countries.. it's CONNECTING them :)

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#60

Iran Iraq Border - War Lines After 26 Years

Iran Iraq Border - War Lines After 26 Years

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#61

Israel - Palestine Border In Bethlehem

Israel - Palestine Border In Bethlehem

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djinnjeannie
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is NOT a border between Bethlehem and Israel. This is a border places by Israel in an area that they militarily occupy that has never ever been part of Israel. It is a border that surrounds Jewish only settlements in an area that is wholly in Occupied Palestine.

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#62

North And South Cyprus Border. May Peace Be With Us :)

North And South Cyprus Border. May Peace Be With Us :)

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#63

Complex Border Between Belgium And The Netherlands.

Complex Border Between Belgium And The Netherlands.