Point/Counterpoint: Norway Might Give Finland a Mountain For Its 100th Birthday. Cute or No? 


Finland turns 100 years old in 2017, which gives every country who claims to be Finland’s “friend” 12 more months to figure out what to get them for their birthday. Many countries, like the United States, plan on emailing them an Amazon gift card, but their closest pal—the one they literally share a border (and all their deepest secrets) with—has chosen something more thoughtful: a mountain.

Reports The Atlantic:

“[The] 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.”

But is a mountain a great gift or the worst gift? Jezebel is still trying to figure that one out.

Point: This Is Such a Cute Gift Idea!

I love this gift! Imagine waking up next on your birthday and noticing that Norway is already awake, staring at your sweetly. You’re suddenly self conscious. “What? Is something on my face? Did I wake you up with my snoring?”

Norway stops you. “Shhhhh. Follow me.”

You put on your robe and follow Norway to your deck.“Look,” Norway says. So you stare out at the same old terrain you’ve been seeing for a hundred years. Nothing’s special. Nothing’s different. It’s the same beautiful country you’ve loved for—wow, has it already been a century? But then Norway gently grabs your chin and tilts your head. “No, over there.” You gasp. Is that…is that a gigantic red ribbon on Hálditšohkka?!

“You deserve Everest,” Norway whispers. “But I hope this’ll do.”

Bobby Finger

Counterpoint: I See You, Norway

Look—I’m not saying I’d look a gift mountain in the mouth. But there’s a distinctly shady vibe. “We noticed you didn’t have ANY mountains so here’s one of our MANY mountains. Now you have one mountain. Yay!” Take the mountain, but keep one eye on Norway.

Kelly Faircloth

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