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Published on : Monday, August 1, 2016
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said this week her government was considering a proposal to move the country’s border 40 meters (about 130 feet) — gifting Finland a mountain for its 100 years of independence in 2017.
Solberg has told the media that, so far no final decision has been made, but they are looking into the matter.
This proposal has initiated a public campaign on Facebook to give Finland the Halditcohkka peak of Halti Mountain.
The arctic summit of the mountain Halti is currently on the Norwegian side of the border between the two Scandinavian countries, and stands at 1,365m above sea level – around the same height as Ben Nevis.
This unusual gesture is the brainchild of retired Norwegian Mapping Authority employee Bjørn Geirr Harsson, who had the idea decades ago while surveying the area by plane in 1972.
While Norway has many high mountains, its neighbour Finland has considerably less mountains. Norway boasts of nearly 300 peaks over 2,000 metres above sea level, the highest point in Finland is currently a smaller spur on the same mountain range known as Halditsohkka.
According to media reports, a local mayor, Svein Leiros, and other Norweigan politicians in the region wrote to the government in Oslo to let them know their enthusiasm for the idea.