Starting a family in Finland is safe and affordable. In addition to its top-tier universal healthcare system, Finland has the world’s second lowest infant mortality rate, and hospitals provide top quality care to mothers and babies at an affordable cost – for example after birth, for roughly 50 euros per day. Additionally, every family receives a free maternity package, or “baby box,” that contains more than 40 items ranging from baby clothes to care products.
Free, high-quality municipal clinics support pregnant women and families with young children, as well as following the child’s physical, psychological, and social growth from the womb until they go to school. Besides looking after the child, young families are supported in becoming parents, taking care of themselves, and maintaining their relationship.
Opportunities for family leave are generous and numerous, with job security for parents who need to take time off to care for babies and young children. In August 2022, for example, a new Act went into effect that allocates a total of 320 days of parental leave for families welcoming a new child into the family. This law applies to both biological and adoptive parents, and leave time can be split between parents any way a family sees fit to support good work-life balance.