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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Solberg mulls moving a mountain for Finland

Prime Minister Erna Solberg says she’s “considering” a request from a northern municipality to redraw the lines around a small portion of Norway’s border with Finland, to make the Halti mountain peak part of Finland. The move would give Finland its highest mountain on the occasion of its 100th anniversary of independence.

State broadcaster NRK reported on Wednesday that the proposal from the Kåfjord community is under consideration by the Norwegian government. While some Members of Parliament scoff at the idea, TV2 reported that the government has received an official request to offer Mt Halti to Finland.

“There are some formal challenges and I haven’t decided on my own view on the matter,” Solberg told TV2, “but we are considering it.”

The Independent Barents Observer reported on the project last winter, after it was backed by 4,000 people in a social media campaign. See its coverage here.

newsinenglish.no staff

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