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Answers to Quiz #491- September 6, 2015
1.  What is unusual about the location of this field?
How is it designated on a map?
2.  How did this come about?
3.  Send in the link to Google Maps with this same image.
1. Baarle Hartog.  It is part of the Netherlands,
but it is completely surrounded by territory belonging to Belgium
(which is again completely surrounded by the Netherlands).
2. This is one of the Baarle-Hertog ex/enclaves
ratified as part of the treaty of Maastricht in 1843.
The borders are complicated in this
region, and contain close to 100 enclaves.
H-22, the smallest enclave in of Baarle Hertog
Comments from Our Readers
The only hard part of this was reading the street name; without that it would have
been close to impossible. I extracted the street name using a PDF editor and rotated
it to get a better view. Once I had  "Gierle", Maps was able to complete
it to a couple of possibilities, and it was the work of a moment to figure out which
one it was.

Nice puzzle. There was a recent quiz on Sporcle regarding enclaves and exclaves,
here (, which
claims that by some count there are 31 exclaves in this region between Belgium
and the Netherlands.
Roger Lipsett
The map reminds me of Venn diagrams.  Netherland and Belgium are two big circles
that border each other but do not overlap, but then little circles of each appear in the
opposite circle.  Time to color?
Judy Pfaff
I knew it was a google maps image, but when I opened it there were no coordinates
whatsoever. The only clue was the name of the street, or whatever could be read.
It was enough. To solve question number 2, I had to do different searches and
finally "Baarle-Hertog border history" gave me a link that explained it, as we say in
Mexico, with pears and apples.
Ida Sanchez
Looks like another great quiz, Fearless Leader! I loved this quiz! It was a challenge
and so much fun! I think that I am addicted to GoogleMaps!
Grace Hertz
This kid of quiz makes me want to travel over there and ride a bike down the road
alongside the farm - maybe have my picture taken with the camera in the same
place. - Q Gen
That rural area looks so peaceful, doesn't it? The stories that we have read about the
challenges of working with the borders are really interesting!
Grace Hertz
Yes I imagine they are.  The tax situation must be inredible.  Also, do you need a
passport to walk across the street?  I guess not if both countries are part of the EU.
- Q. Gen
If you think that you might sleepwalk during the night, you'd better have your
passport firmly attached to your body!
Grace Hertz
Otherwise you might get shot.v- Q Gen.
Just for the fun of it, here is a link to Google maps that shows the iron stake
marking the northwest corner of N6.
Jon Edens
I had to go outside on my deck and sit by the pool with some wine to erase the
dizzying information I read and maps I had to look at in order to submit this quiz.  
Must be hell for mail and deliveries.  ;)
Beth Long
That's the challenge of the quizzes - to get you to drink more wine! - Q Gen.
The wine worked, because I finally got my map link.  I keep seeing these people on
bikes - facing forward, looking back, I'm still refining it but so far it looks good.  :)  
Beth Long
The new quiz.  First glance I thought "Colleen's out of her tree".  Looks like Europe,
but that's scant help.  Then of course I noticed the streetview labelling Gierlestr....  
German ...strasse?  No result. Then I notice in the Back to Map rectangle the
glimpse of something  ...aat.  Aha!  It's Dutch.  Gierlestraat is enough to find it.  
What an interesting mish-mash of territory.  Anyway, ultimately I'll be looking for
iron pins, house numbers, mailboxes with flags etc which is apparently how folk tell
which country they are in.
Megan Neilson
Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be in the market to purchase a house any time soon
but I must admit that the houses in and around this border area are really nice and
the landscaping is very neat; quite different from ours.

I didn't do so well on the common shared border test. I only got a few answers
correct. I was wrong in many instances. Close in some but mostly wrong.
Cindy Costigan
I have heard of a library which is in the US and Canada
(, but this seems
way more complicated!
Rebecca Bare
Actually I've heard of the Haskell Library too!  In fact we had a quiz about it a
while back: - Q. Gen.

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Janice Sellers                Cindy Costigan
Roger Lipsett                Judy Pfaff
Ida Sanchez                Janice Sellers
Cindy Costigan                Beth Long
Jon Edens                Rebecca Bare
Margaret Paxton                Megan Neilsen
Drew Smith                Maggie Gould

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Baarle Hertog
Baarle-Hertog is a Flemish municipality of
Belgium, much of which consists of a
number of small Belgian exclaves in the

While some of its territory consists of
exclaves in the Dutch province of North
Brabant, it is part of the Belgian province
of Antwerp. On 1 January 2006 Baarle-
Hertog had a population of 2,306. The
total area is 7.48 square kilometres (2.89
square miles) which gives a population
density of 308 inhabitants per km² (798
inhabitants/sq mi).

Border with Baarle Nassau

Baarle-Hertog is noted for its complicated
borders with Baarle-Nassau, Netherlands.
In total it consists of 24 separate parcels
of land. The main division of Baarle-
Hertog is Zondereigen (after its main
hamlet) located north of the Belgian town
of Merksplas. In addition there are twenty
Belgian exclaves in the Netherlands and
three other sections on the Dutch-Belgian
border. There are also seven Dutch
exclaves within the Belgian exclaves. Six
of them are located in the largest one and
a seventh in the second-largest one. An
eighth Dutch exclave is located nearby

The border's complexity results from a
number of equally complex medieval
treaties, agreements, land-swaps and sales
between the Lords of Breda and the
Dukes of Brabant. Generally speaking,
predominantly agricultural or built
environments became constituents of
Brabant and other parts devolved to Breda.
These distributions were ratified and
clarified as a part of the borderline
settlements arrived at during the Treaty of
Maastricht in 1843.

The border is marked with white crosses
on the pavement and metal studs in the
road, and it zig-zags its way across the
town paying no heed to houses, gardens
and streets. One line enters a block via a
gift shop then comes out of the back of a
supermarket. Many homes are cut in half
by the border, so as a matter of
convention each household's nationality is
determined by the location of its front
door. If the border runs through the street
door, the two parts then belong in
different states, and this is indicated by
two street numbers on the building.

The towns attract a lot of tourists. For
many years the shops in Belgium were
open on Sundays, those in the Netherlands
not – with the exception of those in
Baarle. Taxes in Belgium and The
Netherlands differed sometimes a lot, so
one could go shopping between two tax-
regimes in one single street. There was a
time when according to Dutch laws
restaurants had to close earlier. For some
restaurants on the border it meant that the
clients simply had to change their tables to
the Belgian side. With the coming of the
European Union, however, some of those
differences disappeared.

Many fireworks shops are found in Baarle-
Hertog, owing to Belgian laws controlling
the sale of fireworks that are more lenient
than those in the Netherlands. Close to the
end of the year many Dutch tourists come
to Baarle-Hertog to buy fireworks to
celebrate the new year.

The BBC reported from Baarle as part of
its coverage of the 2009 European
elections. The reporter was filmed as if he
was with his twin in a café, each on the
one side of the border. The "twin" on a
chair on the Belgian side explained what
he was entitled to in Belgium. He
mentioned compulsory voting, but
Arrow shows location of N6,
location of quiz photo.
maintained he was allowed to build a house within 300 metres (328 yards) of a pig
farm, which is illegal in the Netherlands.

Two villages in the municipality, Zondereigen and Ginhoven, are located in the main
territory of Belgium.
Sporcle Geography Quiz
Can you name the pairs of countries with multiple borders with each other?

How Megan Solved the Puzzle
The new quiz.  First glance I thought "Colleen's out of her tree".  
Looks like Europe, but that's scant help.  Then of course I noticed
the streetview labelling Gierlestr....  German ...strasse?  No result.
Then I notice in the Back to Map rectangle the glimpse of something  
...aat.  Aha!  It's Dutch.  Gierlestraat is enough to find it.  What an
interesting mish-mash of territory.  Anyway, ultimately I'll be looking
for iron pins, house numbers, mailboxes with flags etc which is
apparently how folk tell which country they are in.

Megan Neilson