每日英語跟讀 Ep.K380: About Finland - Finnish Baby Boxes: Scandinavian Tradition To Be Trialled In UK Hospital
The tradition is credited for decreasing Finland’s infant mortality rate.
A Scandinavian baby trend, that involves expectant mothers being given a ’starter kit’ baby box, is being piloted in the UK.
About 600 women who give birth at the London hospital will be given one of the boxes.
Since the 1930s, the Finnish government has given mums-to-be a box before they give birth, which contains clothes, sheets, handbooks and toys.
The box also has a mattress at the bottom, so it can be used as a baby’s cot.
The tradition is credited with helping to decrease Finland’s infant mortality rate.
The country had 65 deaths per 1,000 children born in 1938. This reduced to three deaths per 1,000 births in 2013, according to the World Bank data.
Publicity in the UK surrounding the Finnish baby boxes spiralled when the government sent one of their boxes to the Duchess of Cambridge when she was pregnant with Prince George.
芬蘭釀酒廠推出有「安全感滋味」的北約啤酒 Finland brewery launches NATO beer with ’taste of security’
A small brewery in Finland has launched a NATO-themed beer to mark the Nordic country’s bid to join the Western military alliance.
Olaf Brewing’s OTAN lager features a blue label with a cartoon version of a beer-drinking medieval knight in metal armor emblazoned with NATO’s compass symbol.
The beer’s name is a play on the Finnish expression "Otan olutta," which means "I’ll have a beer," and the French abbreviation for NATO, which is "OTAN." The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has two official languages, English and French.
CEO Petteri Vanttinen described the new lager as having "a taste of security, with a hint of freedom."