The World’s 11 Shortest Land Borders

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  1. Geir says:

    Funny you should mention Kazungula. I just heard from @livilodge five minutes ago that they're building a bridge across the Zambezi – which would make the "runable" part even shorter.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What of Gibraltar-Spain 1.2ks

  3. Anonymous says:

    China/Macau 0.34 Km
    Turkey/ Azerbaijan 9 km

    Island divisions –

    Sint Maarten(Netherlands)/Saint Martin(France)10.2 km
    Kataja Sweden/Finland 0.19 km

  4. Anonymous says:

    Cuba/United States (Guantanamo Bay Naval Base) [open end treaty} 28.6kms

  5. Anonymous says:

    What about Spain (Ceuta) – Morocco?

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  7. Tiago Rossi says:

    The Kazangulu Ferry actually makes it possible to go from Botswana to Zambia or vice versa across the Zambezi River only a short drive upstream from Victoria Falls. promoção ricardo eletro

  8. Anonymous says:

    Most of these are well thought out, but you definitely missed Azerbaijan-Turkey at 9 km, as another commenter noted.

  9. An Exclave of Belgium in Holland called H22 is only 2,632 Square Metres (about 28,330 square feet).

  10. Thierry Barbe says:

    There is a border between France and the UK located within the Eurotunnel. Its location is defined in the 1986 Treaty of Canturbery. I don't know the length of this border but I guess it can be estimated by adding the diameters of the 3 tubes of the tunnel: 2 for the traffic of 7.6m and one for security/ventilation of 4.8m). That makes it a 20m border, or 0.02 kilometer.

  11. Anonymous says:

    The Dominican Republic/ Haiti Frontier. The only island with two different countries, different languages, religion, etc.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Frontiers does not create division it establish identity

  13. I think there are more islands with 2 countries – what about Indonesia and East Timor?

  14. Zachary Frey says:

    Sint Maarten, Timor, New Guinea, Ireland, St. Maarten all have two different countries on them.
    Of note is also, Cuba with Guantanamo bay.
    Sakhalin, which used to be divided between Russia and Japan.
    Hans Island, which is disputed. Denmark Maintains it owns the whole island, Canada claims almost exactly half, giving it a landborder that is VERY short. The island is 1/2 of a square mile, far north of the arctic circle, and has no natural resources or people.
    Samoa is divided between Samoa (formerly Western Samoa) and American Samoa, a U.S. territory.
    Diomedes, two islands less than 2 miles apart are split between Russia and the U.S.

    Cyprus has the Republic of Cyprus, and two different British military bases that share a land border. While these territories are the only fully-recognized territorial claims, the northern 37% of Cyprus is a Turkish-backed De Facto country called the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. It is, for all intents and purposes, a country.
    Borneo has three countries (Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore)
    Mauritius and a French colony are very close together.
    Greenland used to be home to both Norwegian and Danish claims.
    Some islands have internal divisions. Nunavut and the Northwest territories in Canada are such examples.
    There are likely more examples, such as ones on lakes instead of open ocean.

  15. Zachary Frey says:

    You are are missing a couple borders, or should add a few footnotes.
    Armenia's borders are not limited to what you see on a map. Nagorno-Karabakh is under effective Armenian control, although it is, in the very, very simplest meaning, not formally part of Armenia due to lingering tensions over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Karabakh shares a long border with Iran, knocking armenia off the list.
    It really is effectively part of Armenia. The territory is only accessibly from Armenia, uses the Armenian Dram, and is protected by the regular Armenian army. The first president of Nagorno-Karabakh became prime minister of Armenia the day he left office as president of Karabakh. He later became Armenian president. Of the three Armenian presidents since independence, two were born in Karabakh, and one was born in Syria.

    Cueta, Melilla, and an Penon de Valez de la Gomera are part of metropolitan Spain, and are on the north coast of Africa. They are not overseas territories, you can see Spain from Cueta for pete sake. Penon de Valez de la Gomera shares the shortest land border in the world with Morocco. It is about 75 meters.

    Egypt-Gaza border. Gaza is basically its own mess-up very complicated country for many purposes. It is not part of Egypt or Israel, either by claim or by reality. Egypt shares a very short land border.

    Hans island is an uninhabited knoll in the arctic. It is extremely small. Half of the island is claimed by Canada, the whole island is claimed by Denmark. You should include a footnote of a disputed territory.

    Guantanamo bay.

    India and Bangladesh share a number of very convoluted enclaves. Even though you said no enclaves, Many of these are mind-numbingly small or convoluted.

    While you mentioned no overseas territories, Gibraltar and the sovereign base areas in Cyprus share short land borders. I have been to gibraltar, and I was able to see the entire Spanish-Gibraltan border.