Saturday, January 28, 2017
Norwegians Are Still Fighting To Give Finland A Mountain For Its Centennial - Now With A Movie
Via Business Insider: This December will mark the centennial of Finnish independence as the country broke free from Russia on December 6, 1917. To commemorate Finland's 100th birthday the retired Norwegian geophysicist Bjørn Geirr Harsson proposed to move the border between Finland and Norway that passes over mount Halti 40 meters so that the peak would officially be on the Finnish side. That would make it the highest peak in Finland, though it should be noted that the highest point in Finland is already on mount Halti - at the current border. Still, the symbolical gesture has gathered a lot of support, and, for Norway, the act would not even mean losing one of its 200 highest peaks, according to the New York Times. The Facebook page 'Halti som jubileumsgave' (Eng. Halti as an anniversary present) has gathered some 17.000 likes. An official proposal was even submitted to the Norwegian government. Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg considered the gesture undoable, however, because the Norwegian constitution states that the country is indivisible, the New York Times writes. Despite the rejection of the proposition, Norwegians have not given up. It's not over until it's over.