The following is a guest post by Michael Chalupovitsch, a foreign law specialist with the Law Library’s Global Legal Research Directorate covering Canada.
On June 14, 2022, peace was brokered between two longstanding NATO allies, Canada and Denmark. A ceremonial exchange of liquor bottles signaled the end of the long running “Whisky War” between the two nations. Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly, Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod, and Greenlandic Prime Minister Múte B. Egede exchanged bottles of Canadian maple whiskey Sortilège and Danish bitter Gammel Dansk to celebrate the agreement to divide Hans Island between the two countries, leading to the establishment of the first land border between Canada and Denmark, much to the delight of trivia enthusiasts everywhere.
a1: No man made bodrer
a2: Only visible above sea levels borders (The Oresund bridge would count Denmak out but the Johor–Singapore Causeway would add Singapre to the list and the King Fahd Causeway would add Bahrain to the list. Qatar out but Singapore and Bahrain in. In the future, the proposed Quatar-Bahrain bridge might kick both countries out of the list.)
a3: Bridges and tunnels accepted as border. Kicks UK out of the list.
b1: Overseas territories not taken into account.
b2: Overseas territories counted as separate countries. As an example, this would add Gibraltar to the list.
b3: Overseas territories counted as a part of the mother country. This makes Gibraltar a part of the UK, dropping them from the list.
(Incorporated overseas areas of France an the Netherlands do not affect the list of countries bordering a single country, so we don't have to make a b4.)
... to be continued
c2) De facto indepent countires recognized. This only affects the split of Cyprus. (Interacts with the b1/b2/b3 (like Gibraltar) as the UK owns the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia, the latter bordering both parts of split-up Cyprus.
d2) disputed islands count as borders. This brings the focus on Hans Island between Greenland and Canda. That defenatly kicks Canda of the list, but it depends on how you treat overseat territories whether is also kicks Denmark out of the list or adds Greenland to it as a seperate state.
e2) Military bases with border control counted as borders. This would add Cuba to the list at Guantanamo bay and probably a lot of other borders around the world as well.
... to be continued.
Have you considered doing another quiz on country pairs with manmade border links (eg Sweden-Denmark, UK-France)? If you already haven't.
Think of it like a person touching your pet dog. They're touching something which belongs to you, and is part of your "family", but they're not touching you.
Borders in one island
Eswatini borders Mozambique in the east and South Africa with the rest of its body
easier to remember the one border countries anyway :)
It is part of Denmark - fix the quiz.
Like one tiny island that is half Canada, half Greenland.
Dunno if this should really count tho.
Maybe we should change ‘border by bridges’ in the description into ‘border by sea bridges’?
Anyway, that’s why I proposed to change the definition to sea bridges rather than bridges in general.
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