They say faith can move mountains. In this case, a centenary is all it takes.
Mount Halti is located on the border between Norway and Finland. On the Finish side, the mountain is the country’s highest point with its 1342 meters above the sea level. However, the actual peak of the mountain is located on the other side of the border, in Norway, where it towers 1361 meters above the sea level.
With Finland’s 100th anniversary as an independent state coming up next year, local forces wish to move the border, so the mountain top ends up in Finland.
“It’s only a line on the map. The area consists solely of rocks. The Finish should have it, local expert and previous construction worker on Mount Halti, Nils Samuelsen, tells TV2.
The Norwegian part of the mountain is located in Kåfjord in Troms, and it is the chairmanship in the municipality who have initiated the government to consider giving away the mountain top.
Norway’s prime minister Erna Solberg confirms that the government is looking into the case.
“There are a few formal difficulties and I have not yet made my final decision. But we are looking into it” the Prime Minister tells TV2.
The idea originates from former geophysicist, Bjørn Geir Harsson. He thinks the border, which was drawn in the 1750s, is illogical, unfortunate and unfair for Finland. By giving up as little as 0,015 square kilometers of Norwegian soil, Finland’s highest point can be an actual peak, argues the former geophysicist.
Finland’s national day is December 6th, so the Norwegian government still has some time to plan the gift. Perhaps we’ll have to rewrite both history and geography books by the end of 2017?
The soul singer Marvin Gaye sang that there “ain’t no mountain high enough” – but then again he never came to Norway. With almost 300 mountain peaks above 2,000 metres he would probably have found himself a suitable challenge.
The major Hollywood movie «The Danish Girl» is supposed to tempt tourists to come to Denmark. So, why is a Norwegian mountain included in one of the key scenes of the film?
Back to top