Since 1949 every Finnish mother, rich and poor, is given a Maternity Pack which is partly credited with dramatically reducing Finland’s infant mortality rate to one of the world’s lowest. What it’s not given credit for is uniting Finns with this commonality, and distinction from other nations.
A box like this should in theory give Finns a sense of nationalism, and it tells a mother someone cares, even if the father has abandoned her. Perhaps my pointing this out will bring a leftist activist to modernise the pack into being more ethnically neutral, though I doubt my post will be noticed. However, it’s worth pointing out to American readers that a government expenditure of this type can be positive.
Would a maternity pack be feasible in America? No, we’re an entirely different type of state and populace (diverse).