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April Fools Day jokes are alive and well and living in Denmark

02.04.2019  17:31
Yes, minister!
The Environment and Food Ministry has a press release announcing a ban on the use of raisins in cakes from October 1 as “grapes should be eaten fresh or used to make wine”. To ensure the ban is upheld, a taskforce will visit bakers and institutions. The reason given for this draconian measure is “to free up personnel in childcare institutions and old people’s homes who are spending precious time removing raisins”. The department reckons that around 100.000 working hours could be saved by the new ban.

Getting into the spirit of the Brexit chaos, the Foreign Ministry wants to help Danish fishermen by building a fence to keep herring in Danish waters. In true Trumpian style, the fence, which is big enough to span the North Sea, will be paid for by the British government. “The Brits created this problem, and I am going to make them pay for the fence,” said the fisheries minister, Eva Kjer Hansen.

What the papers say
Amongst the newspapers, it was reported that Tivoli would not only be an amusement park for adults and children but also for dogs. On April 4 a new amusement would be opened specially tailored for ‘man’s best friend’.

Berlingske carried a story that Denmark’s political festival Folkemødet will in 2020 move from its current location in Bornholm to Lindholm with the idea of making the festival “a lot smaller and more exclusive”.

According to Politiken, Denmark’s national bank building in the center of Copenhagen should be demolished. “The building is an example of the kind of architecture inspired by Bauhaus that is hostile to human beings that has ruined our medieval towns all across the country,” Dansk Folkeparti’s spokesperson for culture, Alex Ahrendtsen, is alleged to have told the newspaper. He would like to see a new building on the site using the plans of the original baroque one from the 1700s that previously stood there.

Hanging up his boots
Sport was also represented with a story and video clip announcing that the legendary FCK star footballer Dame N’Doye would be stopping his career with immediate effect. He will, however, be kept on at the club and trained up for other duties, including a possible job as a groundsman.


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