Why Finnish Babies Come with a Box

By: Benazir Radmanesh - Published: • References: theverge
No one can ever be fully prepared for the arrival of a new baby. That is why the Finnish government is making a new parent's job just a little bit easier.

In 1938, the Finnish state began issuing a cardboard box to all new mothers, full of all the essentials needed for a new baby. Clothes, blankets, nursing pads - all included free of charge.

These boxes aren't only a nice free gift for mom and baby - they save lives. Infant mortality rates dropped dramatically following the implementation of the program. Today, Finland has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world.

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