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Old November 9th, 2007, 11:00 AM   #101
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Serbian/Croatian Francuska
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Old November 9th, 2007, 04:16 PM   #102
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Prtuguese is even more similar:

Spain-Espanha
France-França
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Old November 9th, 2007, 04:34 PM   #103
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come on! Those words are even similar in hungarian...spanish-spanyol,french-francia
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Old November 9th, 2007, 04:51 PM   #104
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Kerkrade, Netherlands.

Border Netherlands and Germany




It wasn't always so....

Same spot late 19th century


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Old November 9th, 2007, 07:08 PM   #105
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You mean... one lane of that street is in NL and the other in Germany? Wow...
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Old November 9th, 2007, 07:14 PM   #106
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^ Yeah, previously you had to show passport in the roundabout. Or when overtaking. Joke. Seriously, how was this regulated?
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Old November 9th, 2007, 07:48 PM   #107
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The website those photos come from, Special European Borders, says that the road was divided into two by a wall.
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Old November 9th, 2007, 07:52 PM   #108
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There are more examples like that one in Kerkrade. But it is nothing compared to the border lines in Baarle-Hertog (Belgium) and Baarle-Nassau (Netherlands).



All the white lines are border lines...
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Old November 9th, 2007, 09:19 PM   #109
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There are more examples like that one in Kerkrade. But it is nothing compared to the border lines in Baarle-Hertog (Belgium) and Baarle-Nassau (Netherlands).



All the white lines are border lines...
Who made such border? What's its history?
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Old November 9th, 2007, 09:22 PM   #110
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That's nothing. Where's that enclave in exclave in enclave in exclave...?
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Old November 9th, 2007, 09:57 PM   #111
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Kerkrade, Netherlands.
Border Netherlands and Germany
I wish the entire world had such borders I am wondering if people who live across the street from each other speak different languages?
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Old November 9th, 2007, 10:31 PM   #112
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They'll sure do. I lived in a border village for many years but never had problems with it. Even better, I worked in a dutch supermarkt and about 80% of the costumers were Germans. German is not a very difficult language for dutch people so most people can speak it, more or less. In the border regions sometimes people from both sides of the border can even communicate with each other, talking in their own language (if not with an dialect).
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Old November 9th, 2007, 11:17 PM   #113
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Eastern Netherlands dialect is even called "Nedersaksisch", Niedersachsisch or Lower Saxonian. People in Ostfriesland (Germany) often speak some sort of Dutch-German dialect.

German is also teached at school. i personally can read German very good, although i can also write it, the grammar is more complicated.
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Old November 10th, 2007, 04:05 AM   #114
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Glanerbrug (NL) a village near my hometown.

A couple of streets between Glanerbrug (NL) and Gronau (D)


Dutch sign


This cafe is German, the sign with 50km is Glanerbrug (NL)




Busstop for German and Dutch busses.


Most people who lives near or at the Dutch and German border, can communicate in both languages. In the Netherlands every school teached German. In Germany they teach only Dutch at schools in german villages near the Dutch borders.
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Old November 10th, 2007, 05:26 AM   #115
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Obrežje/Bregana, the main (motorway) border crossing between Slovenia and Croatia:



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Old November 10th, 2007, 08:12 AM   #116
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Speaking of the Schengen Zone, its big expansion has been set for 2007-12-21.

http://euobserver.com/9/25109/?rk=1

The nine new countries - Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic - will formally join the Zone and drop their internal border controls on that date.



Now - to have such a setup in North America....

Mike

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Old November 10th, 2007, 11:40 AM   #117
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Who made such border? What's its history?
To be honest, I don't know the exact history. This says wikipedia:

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Baarle-Nassau is a municipality and a town in the southern Netherlands.

It is closely linked, with complicated borders, to the Belgian exclaves of Baarle-Hertog. Baarle-Hertog consists of 26 separate pieces of land. Apart from the main piece (called Zondereigen) located north of the Belgian town of Merksplas, there are twenty-two Belgian exclaves in the Netherlands and three other pieces on the Dutch-Belgian border. There are also seven Dutch exclaves located within the Belgian exclaves. Six of them are located in the largest one and a seventh in the second-largest one. An eighth Dutch exclave lies in Zondereigen. The smallest enclave, H22, measures 2632 square metres.

The complex border situation is a result of a number of equally complex medieval treaties, agreements, land-swaps and sales between the Lords of Breda and the Dukes of Brabant. Generally speaking, predominantly agricultural or built environments became constituents of Brabant, other parts devolved to Breda. These distributions were ratified and clarified as a part of the borderline settlements arrived at during the Treaty of Maastricht in 1843.
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Old November 10th, 2007, 11:59 AM   #118
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A clearer map of Baarle-Nassau and Baarle-Hertog, the red arced area is belgium territory and green are dutch counter-enclaves:



But that's peanuts compared to the Cooch Behar border region between India and Bangladesh

note: Old map! But the border is still the same
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Old November 10th, 2007, 12:17 PM   #119
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Today, both N35 and B54 are rerouted in a rural route around the urban area of Enschede and Gronau. I think this was a mistake, the N35 and B54 were already rerouted in 2001, however there was a gap missing in Gronau, so you had to go through the city, but not through Glanerbrug, that was longer ago.
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Old November 10th, 2007, 01:16 PM   #120
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^ Yeah, previously you had to show passport in the roundabout. Or when overtaking. Joke. Seriously, how was this regulated?
There is a house in South-East Estonia where the living room is in Estonia and the kitchen in Russia. And you have to remember that one usually needs a visa to go to Russia.
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