A world without borders would be a traveler’s dream, paperwork would be almost non-existent, and maybe, just maybe, there would be fewer conflicts.
This utopian idea is very far from reality and in each territory laws, beliefs, culture and customs characteristic of human diversity are dictated, but what is a border?
The dictionary of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language (RAE) defines it as follows:
International pub. Line that marks the outer limit of the territory of a State, understood as the terrestrial, maritime and air space over which it exercises its sovereignty, which allows us to speak of terrestrial, maritime and air borders depending on the physical nature of the delimited space.
Under this concept, have you ever wondered which are the countries that have the most borders in the world? We share the top five of the nations with the most neighbors according to their territorial limits.
Countries with more borders
China: the first place also corresponds to the most populous country in the world. It has 16 borders with Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, North Korea, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Macao.
Russia: The largest country on the planet has 14 borders with Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, North Korea, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, Norway, Poland, and Ukraine.
France: despite having a smaller territory (by far) compared to the first two sites, France borders 11 countries (some in its overseas territories) which are Germany, Andorra, Belgium, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco , the Netherlands, Switzerland and Suriname.
Brazil: This country in South America has 10 neighbors, among which are: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, France (French Guiana), Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Democratic Republic of the Congo: The first African country on this list borders 9 nations which are Angola, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Germany: Tied for fifth place, is this European nation that also has nine neighbors in its surroundings that are Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.