Pink police, airport snowcastle and Brexit for April Fool’s Day

A lot of effort went into some spectacular jokes this year - but who got fooled?

New pink police uniforms for April Fool's Day 2019 / Credit: Itä-Uudenmaan poliisilaitos

Did you get fooled by any of the April Fool’s Day jokes this year?

Some creative minds in Finland had a lot of fun putting together some elaborate hoaxes, which even managed to fool public-funded broadcaster Yle!

Here’s some of the biggest pranks in Finland this year – how many did you spot?

Pink police uniforms

East Uusimaa Police announced a new uniform for officers with a bright tint. In the morning sunlight, the uniforms would appear pink, which makes it easy to see in traffic, while in the evening it becomes a neon lilac, perfectly suited for visibility in the city, the department writes on Facebook.

“This is a courageous but necessary reform that we have dreamed of for a long time for police in the field. We hae already received really good feedback from our customers today” a senior officer was quoted as saying.

The police department said there would be both winter and summer versions of the new (fake) uniform – the latter with short sleeves.

Later, East Uusimmaa Police thanked people on Twitter for the positive feedback to their new bright uniform colours, but conceded the whole thing had been an April 1st joke.

Snowcastle terminal for April Fool’s Day 2019 / Credit: Helsinki Airport

Snowcastle terminal at the airport

Helsinki Airport took advantage of Finland’s reputation as a winter getaway – with the announcement of a brand new snow castle terminal set to open in 2020.

“The newest expansion will be Finland’s biggest snowcastle connected to the terminals. The icy extension will offer a unique opportunity to experience Finland’s snowy winter year-round” the airport operators wrote on Facebook.

Their social media fans seemed to like the idea with more than a few saying they wished the snowcastle idea could become a reality!

Broadcaster Yle fooled by Brexit prank 

Not everyone saw through some obvious April Fool’s Day stunts today.

Public-funded broadcaster Yle’s English-language service wrote a summary of a Turun Sanomat story, saying that Britain was planning to close consulates in Turku and other west coast towns as a way to save money for Brexit.

The article quoted fake British diplomats – who were given the names of British officials from the 1930s, and one was even called “Christine Keeler”, the model at the centre of the 1961 Profumo Affair.

Even details about an apparent auction of silverware, candelabras and furniture – as well as other clues – were not enough to tip off the translators at Yle News who reported the hoax story as if it was a fact.

After several hours, the English-language service at Yle had to make corrections, issue an apology on social media, and admit they had been thoroughly fooled!