Some people can be especially hard to shop for during the holiday season. What do you get your picky grandpa who has everything? That guy you’ve only been seeing for a few weeks? The cousin you’ve barely talked to in years, but whose name you drew in Secret Santa?
Or that country with whom you’ve shared a border for hundreds of years?
A group of Norwegians has taken gift-giving to a new level this year by proposing to give one of its mountain peaks to Finland. At 1,324 meters (4,344 feet), Halti is the highest mountain range in Finland. But its 1,331-meter-tall (4,367 feet) summit, Hálditšohkka, is actually located right across the border, in Norway.
The group’s proposal calls for shifting Norway’s border by about 150 meters (492 feet) north and 200 meters (656 feet) east, which would bring Hálditšohkka into Finish territory.
“Let us take Finland to new heights!” a Facebook page for the campaign reads.
The idea comes from Bjørn Geirr Harsson, a retired geodesist and a former chief engineer of the Norwegian Mapping authority, according to Aftenposten, Norway’s biggest newspaper. Harsson, 75, first thought of it in 1972 while surveying the Norway-Finland border in a helicopter.
“We would not have to give away any part of Norway. It would barely be noticeable,” he told Norwegian broadcaster NRK last week. “And I’m sure the Finns would greatly appreciate getting it.”