Height of friendship between two countries: Norway may give Finland a mountain for its 100th year of independence

Height of friendship between Norway and Finland

We live in a world where most of countries are fighting to its neighbour for a inch of land. Their are many countries at each other’s throats due to a dispute over the ownership of a small piece of islands. In most most part of world these land conflict has become more deadly which leads thousands of people have died as a result of the turmoil.

Norway’s gift to Finland for its 100th birthday present

But here is a news from Norway which may force to rethink the leaders of other countries.  Norway is thinking of giving a little summit to neighbor for a 100th birthday present. 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.

Social media contribution

The proposal follows a public campaign on Facebook to give Finland the Haldit cohkka peak of Halti Mountain. The mountain sits on the border between the two countries with its peak on the Norwegian side. The unusual proposal is spurred by the differences in topography between the two nations. Norway has lots of mountains: 1,000 or so that exceed 5,413 feet above sea level, according to the country’s tourism authorities. Yet its Finnish neighbours do not live in a plentiful land of peaks. Finland’s highest point is the mountain of Halti, which stands at about 1,331 meters or 4,340 feet, making it a “one-thousander,” as it is over 1,000 meters above sea level. That’s big, but not exactly huge: Mount Everest is an eight-thousander. Norway’s tallest mountain is Galdhøpiggen, which at 8,100 feet is a two-thousander. Worse still, while a spur on Halti known as Hálditšohkka is the tallest peak in Finland, the actual top of the mountain isn’t in Finland. It’s in Norway. And in Norway, that peak is pretty puny, not even scratching the top 200 mountains in the country.

What Norwegian think

“We have a lot of mountains, and this is just a small mountaintop,” said Sondre Lund, a Norwegian student who set up the initial Facebook campaign. “It’s such a small thing, but such a big thing also. All the Nordic countries have great relations; this is just a part of that.” By shifting the border slightly, the summit, measuring 1,331 meters (4,366 feet), would instead reside in Finland. If the proposal go ahead, the Haldit cohkka peak would become Finland’s highest point.

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