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3Back in 1938, Finland’s government decided to distribute a “starter pack” for all expectant mothers in their country.


The contents of these packs are:

  • Mattress, mattress cover, undersheet, duvet cover, blanket, sleeping bag/quilt
  • Box itself doubles as a crib
  • Snowsuit, hat, insulated mittens and booties
  • Light hooded suit and knitted overalls
  • Socks and mittens, knitted hat and balaclava
  • Bodysuits, romper suits and leggings in unisex colours and patterns
  • Hooded bath towel, nail scissors, hairbrush, toothbrush, bath thermometer, nappy cream, washcloth
  • Cloth nappy set and muslin squares
  • Picture book and teething toy
  • Bra pads, condoms


The best part of this is that the box that comes with it serves as the baby’s first bed; almost all Finnish babies have had their first naps in those boxes. Mothers are given the choice between the maternity package, or a €140 (around $157) cash grant; almost 95% of mothers choose the package, given that it is definitely worth more valuable than the cash grant.


Nowadays the box is pretty much a rite of passage for all Finnish mothers: making them some of the happiest in the world thanks to their government. It’s definitely much better to let the child sleep in a make-shift bed, instead of buying an obscenely expensive cradle that won’t get much use after the second year.


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