Europe’s most fortified border is in Africa

Europe’s most fortified border is in Africa

If you zoom in to Morocco, you’ll see a tiny wedge of land that stands out from its surroundings. This little bit of land is surrounded by one of the most fortified borders on the planet. Right outside the border you’ll find makeshift forest camps, where people spend their days and nights evading the police and preparing to rush the

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Weird Borders: State Borders of the United States of America

Weird Borders: State Borders of the United States of America

The US states have some iconic shape, but if you look closely ,you’ll see many irregularities, such as the Kentucky Bend, which is a tiny piece of Kentucky, home to 18 people, cut off from the rest of Kentucky by the state of Missouri. The border is defined by the Mississippi River, which loops south below, and back north above,

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The World’s Strangest Borders Part 2: Spain

The World’s Strangest Borders Part 2: Spain

Spain looks pretty normal when you look at it on a map, but things begin to get very strange when you zoom in just a little closer. There seems to be a lot of land that’s part of Spain that’s on the wrong continent across the Mediterranean Sea in Africa. That’s not a mistake, and the north coast of Africa

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Weird Borders: Middle East

Weird Borders: Middle East

The Middle East is a place where the borders are as messy as the politics. One interesting case is the border between Oman and the United Arab Emirates, where there is a piece of the UAE inside a piece of Oman that is itself inside the UAE. Prior to World War one much of the Middle East was controlled by

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The Most Complex International Borders in the World

The Most Complex International Borders in the World

The international border between two countries defines where one country ends and another begins. This is something that should be incredibly simple, but often isn’t. International borders come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are simply an imaginary line in the middle of a street, while others are… much more clearly defined… and some are even guarded 24/7.

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The World’s Strangest Borders Part 3: Enclaves and Exclaves

The World’s Strangest Borders Part 3: Enclaves and Exclaves

We’ve already looked at some pretty weird borders in previous episodes in this series. Like panhandles that stretch out for hundreds of kilometers away from their parent country. Or islands that change what country they belong to every 6 months. But there are still countless other strange borders that exist in the world. And in this episode, we’re going to

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