The Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg has said no final decision has yet been made but that he is certainly looking into the matter. Meanwhile, Harsson has claimed the Norwegian-Finnish border, drawn in the 1750s, to be “geophysically illegal.”

 

Norway and Finland are on the verge of a forging a historic diplomatic relationship, if the plans of Bjorn Geirr Harsson, the 76-year-old retired geophysicist and government surveyor from the Norwegian Mapping Authority, are going to be realized.

Finland was part of the Russian empire for nearly a century until its two revolutions led to the overthrow of the Tzarist regime and the establishment of the Soviet Union, in 1917. Finland which celebrates its centenary of declaration of independence from Russia on December 6, 2017, is a land of 188,000 lakes. Finland highest mountain, Mount Halti, uncannily finds its 4478-feet-high peak high lying in Norway. Finland, deprived of the Halti summit, due to a quirk of geopolitical divisions, is likely to retrieve its Arctic peak, if the efforts of Norwegians diplomats and petitioners are to bear fruits by the end of the year.

The Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg has said no final decision has yet been made but that he is certainly looking into the matter. Meanwhile, Harsson has claimed the Norwegian-Finnish border, drawn in the 1750s, to be “geophysically illegal.” If Finland has to have the peak, the border needs to be readjusted by about 490 feet to the north and 650 feet to the east. The Facebook page supporting the gifting of the present Norwegian peak to Finland now has over 16000 followers. It was created by Harsson’s son.

Norway boasts of a highest peak of 8100 feet at Galdhopiggen, and retaining Halti would make no geocultural difference to its standing as the latter does not even count among the first 200 summits of the country.

One of the things that can prevent Norway from being the generous elder sister nation in this case is a technicality, from the article 1 of its constitution, which states that the nation is a “free, independent, indivisible and inalienable realm.” Another barrier, of course, is the objection raised to the relocation of the peak by the local Sami community who would like their reindeer to roam uninhibitedly across the border and hence deem that the land should ideally belong to neither country.

 

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