Town of Nokia, Finland ‘renamed’ Microsoft in prank

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Photo via Nokian Uutiset

Ah, those funny Finns.

In the wake of Microsoft’s $7.2 billion deal to acquire Nokia’s mobile phone business, someone has reportedly used stickers to replace “Nokia” with “Microsoft” on road signs referring to the town of Nokia, Finland, according to reports out of the country.

Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business has disappointed people in the country, who have expressed frustration at the dismantling of their homegrown smartphone giant, even though it will maintain operations in the country as part of Microsoft.

The sign above isn’t the only one that has been changed, as shown in this post.

The municipality of Nokia, population 32,000, was the original birthplace of Nokia, the company, but the smartphone maker no longer has operations there.

Via Windows Phone Central

  • Guest

    LMAO! Those Finns are great. I remember them having renamed Finland’s international airport “Conan O’Brien International Airport” after the American comedian who resembled the country’s president, Sauli Niinistö. Great sense of humour they have over there.

    • http://www.christopherbudd.com Christopher Budd

      I have to say, in this case, I wonder if it’s meant to be just funny or if it’s a protest using humor.

      Some of what I’ve read out of Finland about the deal isn’t positive and that there’s frustration around it.

      • Guest

        Who cares? If it’s a protest it’s a fairly useless one and their anger is misdirected. And if it’s humor it’s worth a two second chuckle and then move on. Either way it’s not especially meaningful.

    • Kira

      Actually Conan resembles our former president mrs. Tarja Halonen. The current one Sauli Niinistö is just butt ugly old p…