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Norway is planning to give Finland a mountain

By T.K. Randall
July 30, 2016 · Comment icon 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.

Source: Independent | Comments (15)

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Comment icon #6 Posted by Likely Guy 7 years ago
That's mighty neighbourly.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Dark_Grey 7 years ago
Mighty neighbourly
Comment icon #8 Posted by UFOwatcher 7 years ago
That impresses the hell out of me. This must be a first?
Comment icon #9 Posted by grimsituation6 7 years ago
they just don't want to pay for the damn mountain anymore.
Comment icon #10 Posted by woopypooky 7 years ago
so current situation right now is there's a border checkpoint 50 meters off the summit that any climbers from Finland had to bring passport along?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Gingitsune 7 years ago
Both country are in the Schengen Area, so there are no border checkpoint between the two.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Eldorado 7 years ago
It was certainly big of them.
Comment icon #13 Posted by questionmark 7 years ago
Your map is outdated, Switzerland, white in all that mauve, is also in the Schengen Area, since 2005.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Gingitsune 7 years ago
Thanks for noticing, I gave a quick look whether the Eastern countries were in, but it seems they forgot Switzerland. The Eastern countries became part of the Schengen Area in 2014, right? Regardless of what map on internet says, I didn't meet any custom agent neither to get in Switzerland from France by TGV or to get out by plane back for Paris when I went there two years ago. Pretty much as Schengen as you can get.
Comment icon #15 Posted by TopToffee 7 years ago
Wouldnt a card and one of those Troll ornaments have done.?

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