I've known for a while about the Finnish practice of granting a box of goodies for every new baby. However, I didn't realize just how sweet it was until I read this BBC article. What a lovely tradition.
"This felt to me like evidence that someone cared, someone wanted our baby to have a good start in life. And now when I visit friends with young children it's nice to see we share some common things. It strengthens that feeling that we are all in this together."