30 Quick Facts About International Borders Between Countries

21Saint Martin

Saint Martin

France and Netherlands share a land border. It's in the Caribbean on Saint Martin. It is the smallest inhabited island divided between two countries.


22Gleiwitz incident

Gleiwitz incident

The Nazis dressed up political prisoners in Polish military uniforms, faked an attack on the German border, and shot the prisoners to justify the invasion of Poland the very next day.


23Peace village

Peace village

North Korea built a fake village with empty buildings lit by automatic timers in an effort to lure South Koreans to defect across the border.


24Raccoon

Raccoon

Ontario has a massive "border wall" of edible rabies vaccine baits to prevent rabid animals from entering from the US. The recent outbreak of rabies came from a raccoon from southeastern New York who came via truck or train.


25Narvinsky tunnel

Narvinsky tunnel

Russia opened a 575-meter highway tunnel near its Siberian border with China to divert automobile traffic away from the migratory route of the near-extinct Amur leopard.


26The Smuggler's Inn

The Smuggler's Inn

There is a BnB called The Smuggler's Inn directly on the US-Canadian border. The main attraction is watching smugglers cross the border with night vision binoculars.


27Zog I of Albania

Zog I of Albania

In 1938, the Muslim King Zog of Albania opened Albania's borders to Jews fleeing Nazi persecution. King Zog reputedly survived 55 assassination attempts.


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28NORAD

NORAD

NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) has had to intercept 12-18 Russian bombers annually at the Canadian border since 2007.


29Angle Inlet

Angle Inlet

There are unmanned US-Canada border crossings (Angle Inlet). You talk officers using a videophone and hold your passport up for the camera.


30Haskell Free Library and Opera House

Haskell Free Library and Opera House

There is a library (Haskell Free Library and Opera House) that was built on the US/Canadian border. Exiting the library through the opposite entrance requires one to report to the country's customs thereafter.

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