Thursday, July 28, 2016
Now, if the Finns could just convince the Russians to give them back Karelia
I wonder if the Finns will look away coyly and say, "Oh my, you shouldn't have.."
At 1,324 metres above sea level, the highest point in Finland currently lies on a bleak mountain spur known as Hálditšohkka, part of a far larger fell known as Halti, more than 200 miles inside the Arctic Circle.
Halti’s summit, at 1,365 metres high, is a kilometre away in Norway. But moving the border barely 40 metres further up the mountainside would put Hálditšohkka’s 1,331-metre summit in Finland – and make the country’s highest point seven metres higher.
The peak of Halti, just inside Norway. Looks very Nordic, I hope that's not the summertime when the picture was taken.
Public reaction has been overwhelmingly positive in both Norway and Finland, with the only objection so far coming from the indigenous Sami community, whose reindeer roam freely across the border and who argue that the land should belong to neither country.