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Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

The BBC reports on one of Finland’s most cherished (and cool) public services: “For seventy-five years, Finland’s expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It’s like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.”