The Moldovans and Romanians did not have to work too much to set up their border. The river Prut, the largest tributary of the mighty Danube river, flanks and gently curves its way around the two countries, creating a scenic and natural divide between the nations.
The river and river basin has been home to Romanian and Moldovan citizens for centuries, but industrialization has severely affected the health of the river. Authorities from both nations have collaborated to both manage waste and water management and educate their citizens about polluting their precious natural resources.
Puente de la Amistad
Brazil and Paraguay have a friendship bridge of their own, named “Puente de la Amistad”, which was opened to the public in 1964. The one-thousand-six-hundred-foot bridge connects two important towns in the region: the Brazilian town of Foz do Iguaçu and the Paraguayan town of Ciudad del Este, which has an economy second only to its capital Asunción.
The bridge makes up part of the tripoint “Triple Frontier” border. The United States Government has a notable presence in the area, claiming that the strategic border point serves as a hub for illegal trade and violent activity.
Poland, Slovakia, and Ukraine merge into a single point atop the Krzemieniec mountain in northeastern Slovakia. The area is home to a number of hiking trails, and nature lovers often cross between the intersecting borders. In the middle of the tripoint stands a large marble pillar notifying visitors of the unique location.
The pillar itself was produced in Slovakia and contains text written in the script of each respective nation. The stonemasons were not paying attention that day it appears, as the Ukrainian text has two glaring spelling errors!
The Svinesund Bridges
Norway and Sweden share a number of border crossings. The westernmost border crossing between Norway and Sweden, the Svinesund Bridge, competes for the title of one of the most striking and awe-inspiring border crossings in the world. The bridge spans almost a kilometer and sits over ninety meters above the fjord beneath it, making it Europe’s highest bridge.
There are two Svinesund Bridges; old Svinesund and new Svinesund. The old bridge still remains in use. It has seen several upgrades over its multi-decade lifespan, including repairs from a lightning strike hitting explosives on the bridge!
Scandinavia has no shortage of impressive border crossings! The Øresund Bridge border crossing connects Sweden and Denmark via Malmö and Copenhagen, respectively. The impressive structure is an engineering marvel, combining a bridge, an artificial island, and a tunnel to close the fourteen-kilometer gap between the two Scandinavian countries.
The bridge section of the border is the longest road and rail combination bridge on the European continent. It has served as a symbol of how international border management can increase the net gain of both countries involved. Since the border bridge was built, each country has seen a profit of nine billion euros.