Prince has roots in Lapland?

According to this morning's Lapin Kansa, the Artist formerly currently known as Prince is one-quarter Finnish, with his grandmother (Hilda Romppainen) coming from the tiny village of Näätämö in Inari, Lapland. Let's go crazy. The article claims that Hilda moved to Minneapolis where she gave birth to a boy believed to be Prince's real father (the article doesn't name him or go into details, but presumably Prince's father wasn't around for parenting duties). There are now plans to invite Prince to Inari to visit his roots. I can't find any other articles on the Net about this yet (Finnish or English), but I'll keep an eye out. In the meantime, here's a scan I made of the article (in Finnish). UPDATE (05.07.06): Lapin Kansa printed a kind of retraction of this story today. It seems the story started as an April fools joke in a Finnish-language newsletter in Minnesota, that was picked up by a local paper (as fact) that was on their email list. Nice fact checking by all involved. :)

Anyway, here's a few links to coverage of this story: PrinceFams HouseQuake Hajanaisia mietteitä PoikaKuoro

Posted on June 29, 2006 and filed under Finland, Web Weirdness.