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