The Norwegian authorities explained the refusal in the deed of gift transferring the mountains of Finland “legal issues”
The Norwegian authorities refused from the idea to donate their geographic neighbours from Finland peak of mount Halti. Earlier in Oslo was considering the option of transfer Helsinki hillside to the day of the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence, which will be celebrated on 6 December 2017, reports Reuters.
“Change of state borders between the countries will entail a variety of legal issues, including breach of the Norwegian Constitution”, – said the Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg in a letter to the head of the local commune Koford located in the County of Troms, Svein Larose.
She recalled that in the Norwegian Constitution of 1814 States that “the country is indivisible.” “I am extremely upset, but I respect the fact that the last word in this question remains for the Prime Minister”, – said Laros, who has repeatedly advocated for the transfer of the peak of the mountain, Halti Finland as a gift for the 100th anniversary of independence.
In September the foreign Ministers of Norway Borge Brende during the official visit to Finland talked about the impossibility of the gift, reminds FlashNord. “Finland is one of our closest friends, we with pleasure will take part in the celebrations and are looking for a good gift for the 100th anniversary. But changing the borders of a country associated with great legal difficulties,” he explained.
Mount Caldelari (Halti) is located on the border of Finland and Norway, its second highest point is located in the municipality of enontekiö in the Finnish side at the height of 1324 metres above sea level, and the peak at 7 metres above, in Norwegian, in the community of COFORD, which supported the idea of a gift.
First thought about the transfer of Finland, Halti expressed a former employee of the Norwegian mapping management björn Geirr Harsson, 76-year-old retiree, is still an enthusiast of mountain hikes.
For Norway, in his opinion, the transfer of Halti other country would be a great loss to the Kingdom it is not the highest, but Finland could “boast” a new high-water mark.
In the Norwegian Parliament earlier this year pointed out that to give the mountain Finns still will need to change the Constitution. In Copione even going to appeal the matter to the head of the government.
Finland, in 1809 part of the Russian Empire as the Grand Duchy of Finland proclaimed their independence on 6 December 1917.