In Finland, children are not brought by the stork and they are not even found under cabbages: babies arrive in ... cardboard boxes. In the Nordic country, in fact, for newborns, normal cradles are not used but containers such as those we use to store the change of season.
The tradition dates back to 1937, when the government began providing low-income families with the "maternity pack": a box containing essential accessories for the baby. And, in poverty, the box itself became a cradle.
In 1949, then, the gift was extended to all families, and the tradition has remained up to the present day: as a newborn bonus, families can choose between the box or 140 euros, but 65% choose the box. Which, on balance, probably pays off: for the 2022-2022 season, the content includes a snow suit, a sleeping bag, a light suit, and then pajamas, various bodysuits and rompers, caps, socks, pillow cases and sheets, bath set, diaper set, a toy and a bib.
A "baby box" exactly the same as those sent to Finnish babies was donated by the Finnish social services agency, Kela, also to William and Kate for the birth of the royal baby.
The maternity packages of the past years: http://www.kela.fi/aitiyspakkaus_edelliset-aitiyspakkaukset
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