Why would Norway give Finland a mountaintop? By M. Michael Brady.
Finland, the sub-Arctic land of lakes and forests, is mostly flat. But on its border with Norway there are mountaints. One, Halti Peak, at about 3° of latitude north of the Arctic circle, is the highest point in the country, marked by a cairn at an elevation of 4,324 feet above sea level.
But the cairn marks the highest point on the border, not on the mountain. The summit of Halti Peak, or Haltitunturi in Finnish, Háldičohkka in the Northern Sami Language, and Haldefjäll in Swedish (the other official language of Finland) is 121 feet higher, some 600 feet to the north, in … Norway. In other words, Finland’s highpoint comes up a bit short for those who want a summit.
So in Norway there’s now a Facebook campaign that aims for the country to donate the area around the actual summit, some 3.7 acres, as a token in commemoration of the December 6, 2017 Finnish centennial of its declaration of independence.
At time of publication, the Facebook campaign is gathering momentum and has drawn comments from round the world. If it ultimately is successful, it may well be the first time that a grassroots campaign has prompted a country to donate a mountain top to a neighbor.