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Old July 1st, 2015, 03:09 AM   #13201
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A little detail.... I do not remember but I think that all Spanish border signals had the text "Aduana/Douane".

And... I do not know why they didn't write in Portuguese when there were much more passes
Hm... in other parts of Europe: as far as I could observe, Hungary put(s) the neighbouring country's language on the customs signs, so there were "Vám/Zoll", "Vám/Vama", "Vám/Carina" signs (today, only SRB and UA border are customs borders).
Hungary's neighbours, however, did not have Hungarian as second language on the signs. They have been mostly using "Douane" as 2nd language.

(But maybe somebody out here has a counter-example?)
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Old July 1st, 2015, 09:19 AM   #13202
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sign at the Serbian / Hungarian border at Horgos, from Serbian side.





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Old July 1st, 2015, 09:28 AM   #13203
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Old sign in Bosnia, with custom and stop police

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Old July 1st, 2015, 09:12 PM   #13204
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We use Clo/Zoll although the second one should be in language of another country. Border crossing with Ukraine. Zoll is German.


What does it mean Douane and why it is spread on Balkan?
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Old July 1st, 2015, 09:19 PM   #13205
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Douane is custom in french.
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Old July 1st, 2015, 09:39 PM   #13206
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I always wonder the language they will speak to you at the customs place. I would imagine a sign "DOUANE" to imply they would speak French if you asked...

I know at the US/Canada border, the Canadian side will always speak English and French, but I think the US side will never speak French (at least not well at all) which could be issue for the French-speaking side of Canada...
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Old July 1st, 2015, 09:45 PM   #13207
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"Customs" in French is widespread maybe because in the past it was lingua franca. Driving licenses used to have inscription in French:



Old Yugoslav passports had text in Serbo-Croatian and French too.
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Old July 1st, 2015, 09:49 PM   #13208
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In Western Europe it could be also because for any trip you made by road between countries... it was quite possible to cross a French speaking country (mainly France, obviously)
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Old July 2nd, 2015, 02:26 AM   #13209
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I always wonder the language they will speak to you at the customs place. I would imagine a sign "DOUANE" to imply they would speak French if you asked...
I was spoken to in Polish by Hungarian border guards once which was quite odd.

At least in the Balkans, I use Polish to talk to them. And Germans, solely because it's funny to watch them struggle with very basic Polish words. But Polish works fine in Slavic speaking countries (except Bulgaria and Macedonia) for the purposes of talking to border guards.

As for Clo on Slovakian borders - I found this absurdity -



I wonder how many Polish speakers would see "Clo" on a sign and not just instantly read "Cło" anyway?

(maybe a stupid question, but in Czechoslovakia, were road signs bilingual?)

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Old July 4th, 2015, 07:29 PM   #13210
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I was spoken to in Polish by Hungarian border guards once which was quite odd.

At least in the Balkans, I use Polish to talk to them. And Germans, solely because it's funny to watch them struggle with very basic Polish words. But Polish works fine in Slavic speaking countries (except Bulgaria and Macedonia) for the purposes of talking to border guards.

As for Clo on Slovakian borders - I found this absurdity -



I wonder how many Polish speakers would see "Clo" on a sign and not just instantly read "Cło" anyway?

(maybe a stupid question, but in Czechoslovakia, were road signs bilingual?)
Road signs in former Czechoslovakia were in Czech in the Czech part of the federation (today´s Czech Republic) and in Slovak in the Slovak part (today´s Slovakia), they are bilingual (for example names of the towns/villages/local names) in both countries only in the border regions with higher percentage of another local spoken language - Czech/German/Polish in the Czech R. and Slovak/Hungarian/Rusyn (not sure if anything else) in Slovakia
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Old July 4th, 2015, 08:23 PM   #13211
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Former Bulgarian-Romanian border at Krumovo, near Varna, in 1940.

Bulgarian troops taking a picture with the border stone which will be dismantled per the Craiova treaty returning Southern Dobrudja to Bulgaria.





Romanian troops waiting for the order to vacate the border area



Last picture with Bulgarian and Romanian border troops right before transfer.

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Old July 4th, 2015, 08:25 PM   #13212
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A Bulgarian traveler somewhere along the Iraq-Iran border in 1935.

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Old July 5th, 2015, 10:36 AM   #13213
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Road signs in former Czechoslovakia were in Czech in the Czech part of the federation (today´s Czech Republic) and in Slovak in the Slovak part (today´s Slovakia), they are bilingual (for example names of the towns/villages/local names) in both countries only in the border regions with higher percentage of another local spoken language - Czech/German/Polish in the Czech R. and Slovak/Hungarian/Rusyn (not sure if anything else) in Slovakia
Maybe this is a stupid question as well, but I've always wondered - are there any bilingual Czech/Slovak towns/villages?
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Old July 5th, 2015, 10:57 AM   #13214
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Hm... in other parts of Europe: as far as I could observe, Hungary put(s) the neighbouring country's language on the customs signs, so there were "Vám/Zoll", "Vám/Vama", "Vám/Carina" signs (today, only SRB and UA border are customs borders).
Hungary's neighbours, however, did not have Hungarian as second language on the signs. They have been mostly using "Douane" as 2nd language.

(But maybe somebody out here has a counter-example?)
i am almost sure that i saw Vám/Zoll border crossing Berzence/Gola with HR.

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https://www.google.hr/maps/@46.19485...7i13312!8i6656
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Old July 5th, 2015, 12:28 PM   #13215
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If you look at the Street View there of the actual border crossing from Croatia to Hungary, you can see that when the car gets checked on the Hungarian side, there's a guy sitting in a booth to the right of the car. But the lane is closed, so what's he doing there?
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Old July 5th, 2015, 02:57 PM   #13216
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On the Romanian/Bulgarian border they seem to use the Romanian Vama with the Douane sign. No sign of any Cyrillic for the Bulgarian speakers.
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Old July 5th, 2015, 06:39 PM   #13217
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Cieszyn - river Olza:

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Old July 5th, 2015, 06:41 PM   #13218
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Cesky Tesin (CZ) from Cieszyn (Poland):

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Old July 5th, 2015, 06:54 PM   #13219
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Chyzne (Poland) - National road No.7:

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Poland/Slovakia border: Chyzne/Trstena

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