April Fool's jokes abound in Sweden, including one from the Södermalm police who kid that they're planning to patrol from dirigibles come summer. Photo: Nariman El-Mofty/Scanpix.

Loreen and hot air balloons figure into this year's April Fool's jokes

As usual, many Swedish newspapers took the opportunity of April Fool's Day to run joke stories Monday. Here is a selection:

According to Göteborgs-Posten, the annoying sound of streetcars creaking would be remedied with something new: the lubricant of Spanish slugs.

The Upsala Nya Tidning reported that 100 extra police would be patrolling the city to stop people from urinating in public during Valborg celebrations later this month.

And ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, the newspaper Sydsvenskan reported that the neighborhood Lorensborg was being temporarily renamed Loreensborg, after the Swede who won Eurovision last year.

Even the Södermalm police in Stockholm got into the spirit with their own joke on Twitter saying that they were preparing to make their patrols from hot air balloons, beginning this summer.

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