For its hundredth birthday, the nation of Finland just might be in line for one of the most generous presents ever bestowed on a buddy. Neighboring Nordic country Norway is considering giving Finland its very own mountain.
The gesture follows an online campaign aimed at getting Norway to restructure its borders in order to allow 4,366 foot high Halti Mountain to fall inside the border of Finland. You see, as a country, Norway is quite gifted in terms of elevation. Unfortunately, Finland wasn’t quite so blessed; if the border shift actually does go through, Halti Mountain would become Finland’s highest peak. Meanwhile, Norway can easily lose Halti without damaging their status as a mountainous country. Currently, Norway’s highest peak is Galdhøpiggen, which climbs to more than 8,000 feet.
At the moment, Halti Mountain straddles the border between the two countries, though its peak resides technically in Norway. It would be only a slight, almost unnoticeable, change in the border of both country’s for Norway to inherit its tallest peak.
Most Norwegian citizens support the idea, actually. The initial Facebook campaign was actually set up by Norwegian student Sondre Lund who said, “We have a lot of mountains, and this is just a small mountaintop. 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.”