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Daily: Majority don’t want a name change for famous Finnish baby box

The Finnish social benefits agency Kela solicited suggestions for a more inclusive name for the baby box in November.

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Image: Kela

A majority of people polled by the daily Helsingin Sanomat say they would not change the name of the maternity kit handed out to expectant mothers by the Finnish Social Insurance Institution, Kela.

Some 64 percent of respondents said that they saw no need for a name change, while one in four said it was not entirely necessary. Most also said that they do not think that the current name discriminates against fathers.

Just eight percent said that they thought a name change essential or somewhat necessary. Respondents most in favour of a new title for the package were supporters of the Left Alliance, the Greens and under 40 years old.

In November, Kela asked members of the public to submit suggestions for new names. MPs have also considered a new moniker that would better take account of both parents and the entire family.

The survey was conducted on behalf of HS by pollster Kantar TNS and polled 1,119 respondents on mainland Finland between the ages of 15 and 74. The margin of error was 2.9 percentage points in either direction.

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