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    The Netherlands: Border Puzzle | European Journal

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    Baarle is a small town of 10,000 on the border between the Netherlands and Belgium. While Baarle-Nassau is Dutch,Baarle-Hertog is part of the Belgian province of Antwerp. It makes life confusing,because there are Dutch enclaves on Belgian territory,and vice-versa.In some places,the border even runs right through the middle of houses. You can sleep there with your head in Belgium and your feet in the Netherlands. Mayors,police forces,fire brigades -- there's two of everything in Baarle. In spite of that,the two populations get along quite well. At least they all speak Dutch.