World of the Bizarre
Norway is planning to give Finland a mountain
By T.K. Randall
July 30, 2016 · 15 comments
If gifted to Finland, Halti would be the country's tallest peak. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Matti Paavola
The summit of Mount Halti could be gifted to Finland to celebrate 100 years of independence from Russia.
What do you give a country to celebrate an important anniversary ? According to Norway's government, the answer could be an entire mountain - or at least the summit of one.
Mount Halti, which stands 1365m above sea level, currently resides almost entirely within Finland however it's summit is situated just inside the Norwegian border.
The plan will be to gift the summit to Finland by moving the border back around 40 meters.
"There are some formal challenges, and I have not at all decided if I will support this," said Prime Minister Erna Solberg. "But we are looking into it."
If the idea went ahead then Mount Halti would become Finland's tallest peak.
"My idea is that this should be a gift from the Norwegian people and I feel sure that the Finnish people would appreciate it," said Norwegian Mapping Authority employee Bjørn Geirr Harsson.
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