Monday, May 11, 2009

The Finnish Maternity Package/Äitiyspakkaus

We received the official maternity package (äitiyspakkaus) today. KELA (The Social Insurance Institution of Finland) sends one of these to every expectant mother who is a resident of Finland, regardless of income. I guess the theory is that every baby should get the same quality of life as its peers when it comes into the world.

Certain deranged political forces in my homeland would consider this to be socialism of the worst kind. I have to admit that I don't mind babies getting clothes and blankets on the taxpayer's tab. I kind of like paying taxes when I know it goes to something like this.

Our baby should be popping out in the next few months, and we've got the basic supplies already. If we had been opposed to the free stuff we could have opted for cash instead, but if you do the math, the stuff is worth way more than the cash payment is. Kela buys in bulk, they don't pay retail.

The box we picked up at the Post Office.

The box that was inside the first box.

First peek.

Everything on the table.

Package contents list (in Finnish and English). Click on image to enlarge.


  1. Wow Willie!! That is awesome! What an exciting package to receive; the big day is getting closer! Thanks for sharing you experience. Interesting post.

  2. condoms?! is that supposed to be funny? hahahaa

    congrats on your impending daddyhood!

    side note: the word verification Blogger is asking me to enter is "rutted" -- spring is in the air indeed :~j

  3. Out of curiosity, do they always send the inventory in bilingual form? Or is it because of your immigrant status?

  4. Actually, the inventory card was in four languages - Finnish, Swedish, and Saami (Finland's 3 official languages) as well as English, although perhaps Somali or Russian would have been more appropriate. I guess English is considered a universal language these days.