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Old July 24th, 2010, 01:14 PM   #3341
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Italy is a unified country anyway. But how come this unification left out San Marino? (I understand it left out the Vatican City) Is it because the Sammarinese are too proud of being the oldest recorded sovereign state and constitutional republic in the world to join Italy?
The Vatican City State was created by the Lateran Treaty in 1929, under which Italy recognised the sovereignty of the Holy See over the Vatican area and the Pope accepted financial compensation for the loss of the Papal States.

The Kingdom of Italy had taken control of the last remans of the Papal States in 1870, and from then until the Lateran Treaty the Popes refused to recognise Italian sovereignty over their former territority.
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Old July 25th, 2010, 02:12 PM   #3342
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Romanian/Hungarian border crossing of Nădlac/Nagylak

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Hungarian/Slovakian border of Rajka/Čunovo:




Holland/UK border crossing by ferryboat at Hoek van Holland/Harwich

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UK - Harwich (sorry, not exactly the border crossing):



UK/France border crossing by Eurotunnel Shuttle at Folkestone/Calais

UK terminal of Folkestone:




French terminal of Calais/Coquelles:






French/Belgian border crossing of Crespin/Hensies:




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Old July 25th, 2010, 02:17 PM   #3343
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Thank you for the pictures nenea_hartia!

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Old July 25th, 2010, 02:38 PM   #3344
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Its obviously French..
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Old July 25th, 2010, 02:39 PM   #3345
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Its obviously French..
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Thank you for the pictures nenea_hartia!
Your welcome, and it will be updated. These are some pics taken during my Eurotrip made this month from Romania to the UK. I intend to start a new topic about it in Travelogue, in the Romanian section of SCC.
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Old July 25th, 2010, 06:27 PM   #3346
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French/Belgian border crossing of Ghyvelde/Adinkerke, near Dunkerque:



French/Luxembourgish border crossing near Dudelange:

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Luxembourgish/German border crossing of Wasserbillig/Mesenich:

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German/Austrian border crossing of Suben, near Passau:



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Old August 1st, 2010, 05:56 PM   #3347
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Norwegian – Swedish (EU) border at the Morokulien crossing on road 2/road 61)

Here are a few pictures from the Norwegian-Swedish border. This is where the Norwegian road 2 (Riksvei 2) and the Swedish road 61 (Riksväg 61) meet. The AADT across this border is 6500 vehicles per day.


The border itself. Notice how the central divider line changes colour from yellow (Norway) to white (Sweden). Oddly enough, the sign “Riksgrense Sverige” (National border Sweden) is written in Norwegian but on a Swedish sign with the Swedish Tratex font.


No speed limit information sign at the border, only county and municipality information like it was a regional border. No sign that you are entering the EU.


Approaching the custums station. Norway is a non-EU Schengen member (along with Switzerland and Iceland). The customs station is located on the Swedish side.


The customs line. Schengen did not change things much at this border. The Nordic Passport Union has been in effect since 1958, allowing all citiziens of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland to travel and reside in other Nordic countries without a passport or residence permit.

Opposite direction


Before 1967 the central divider line was yellow in Sweden aswell. At that time things we're a little more complicated at this border since Sweden had left-hand traffic back then.


When you see a car without headlights on during the day, it is most likely imported. Usually it is impossible to turn the lights off on a car bought in Sweden or Norway.
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Old August 1st, 2010, 06:13 PM   #3348
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Are there actually border controls between Sweden and Norway or can you just drive through?
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Old August 1st, 2010, 06:40 PM   #3349
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Are there actually border controls between Sweden and Norway or can you just drive through?
Last year I made a long trip, driving from Romania through Denmark and Sweden up to Nordkapp in Norway, and then back to Romania, this time through Finland and the Baltic states. There were no border controls between Sweden and Norway, nor between Norway and Finland, only some road signs pointing somewhere outside the road, informing drivers that if they have goods to declare there is a customs checkpoint there.
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Old August 1st, 2010, 06:59 PM   #3350
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Norwegian – Swedish (EU) border at the Morokulien crossing on road 2/road 61)

Here are a few pictures from the Norwegian-Swedish border. This is where the Norwegian road 2 (Riksvei 2) and the Swedish road 61 (Riksväg 61) meet. The AADT across this border is 6500 vehicles per day.


When you see a car without headlights on during the day, it is most likely imported. Usually it is impossible to turn the lights off on a car bought in Sweden or Norway.
I find it odd that this sign's in Norwegian, English and German, with no Swedish.
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Old August 1st, 2010, 07:04 PM   #3351
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Are there actually border controls between Sweden and Norway or can you just drive through?
Norway is part of Schengen. Norway had been part of the Nordic Passport Union years before Schengen was even discussed, and if Norway weren't to adopt Schengen, they and Sweden would have to build a shitload of border checks all the way through the Scandinavian peninsula.
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Old August 1st, 2010, 07:05 PM   #3352
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Last year I made a long trip, driving from Romania through Denmark and Sweden up to Nordkapp in Norway, and then back to Romania, this time through Finland and the Baltic states. There were no border controls between Sweden and Norway, nor between Norway and Finland, only some road signs pointing somewhere outside the road, informing drivers that if they have goods to declare there is a customs checkpoint there.
There is no passport/immigration/id control (nor has there been since 1958). Customs is partly another story since customs officers technically have the right to stop vehicles at EU-borders (even if it is a Schengen-border), provided that it is done randomly or on concrete suspicion (e.g. they’re not allowed to do routine checks on all cars). Since 2008 customs officials also have the right to carry out breathalyzer tests at border crossings.

So yes, you can drive straight through and most of the time the customs station will be closed (like it was when these pictures were taken).

Actually, many smaller border crossings between Sweden and Norway don’t even have a customs station. Instead, you’ll see a sign telling you to use another crossing point if you have goods to declare and call the Customs Authority in advance to make sure they’re open.
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Old August 1st, 2010, 07:05 PM   #3353
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I find it odd that this sign's in Norwegian, English and German, with no Swedish.
Swedes can read Norwegian.
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Old August 1st, 2010, 09:33 PM   #3354
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There is no passport/immigration/id control (nor has there been since 1958). Customs is partly another story since customs officers technically have the right to stop vehicles at EU-borders (even if it is a Schengen-border), provided that it is done randomly or on concrete suspicion (e.g. they’re not allowed to do routine checks on all cars). Since 2008 customs officials also have the right to carry out breathalyzer tests at border crossings.

So yes, you can drive straight through and most of the time the customs station will be closed (like it was when these pictures were taken).

Actually, many smaller border crossings between Sweden and Norway don’t even have a customs station. Instead, you’ll see a sign telling you to use another crossing point if you have goods to declare and call the Customs Authority in advance to make sure they’re open.

What kind of custom controls can they do?As far as I know Norway is a member of the EEA and thus the 4 liberties of EU are valid there too, like in Iceland and Lichtenstein.
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Old August 1st, 2010, 09:58 PM   #3355
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What kind of custom controls can they do?As far as I know Norway is a member of the EEA and thus the 4 liberties of EU are valid there too, like in Iceland and Lichtenstein.
Any member of Schengen can do selective border controls, as long as they aren't permanent checks.

For example, Denmark had border checkings 24/7 at all it's border crossings during late November / early December last year.
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Old August 1st, 2010, 10:30 PM   #3356
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For example, Denmark had border checkings 24/7 at all it's border crossings during late November / early December last year.
Why? What was the justification?
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Why? What was the justification?
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Old August 1st, 2010, 11:28 PM   #3358
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I find it odd that this sign's in Norwegian, English and German, with no Swedish.
The last one isn't German!

In German it would be "Abblendlicht am Tag vorgeschrieben"
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Old August 2nd, 2010, 01:02 AM   #3359
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The last one isn't German!

In German it would be "Abblendlicht am Tag vorgeschrieben"
I noticed that, but I guess it's just a mistake, and it was intended to be German.
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Old August 2nd, 2010, 01:42 AM   #3360
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What kind of custom controls can they do?As far as I know Norway is a member of the EEA and thus the 4 liberties of EU are valid there too, like in Iceland and Lichtenstein.
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Even though Norway and Iceland belong to the European Economic Area, some administrative handling of goods imported from the EU may still be required at their borders. Private persons are only allowed to bring small amounts of goods and alcohol over the border tax-free, as opposed to within the EU where larger quantities are allowed.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schenge...nd_Switzerland

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The last one isn't German!

In German it would be "Abblendlicht am Tag vorgeschrieben"
It's bad (and funny) German.
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