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The tradition is credited for decreasing Finland’s infant mortality rate.

芬蘭的嬰兒箱傳統以降低夭折率享譽國際。

 

A Scandinavian baby trend, that involves expectant mothers being given a ’starter kit’ baby box, is being piloted in the UK.

斯堪地那維亞的育嬰時尚,包括贈予待產母親「新手包」嬰兒箱,已在英國試行。

 

About 600 women who give birth at the London hospital will be given one of the boxes.

約600名選在倫敦醫院分娩的孕婦可獲贈嬰兒箱。

 

Since the 1930s, the Finnish government has given mums-to-be a box before they give birth, which contains clothes, sheets, handbooks and toys.

從1930年代開始,芬蘭政府贈予待產媽媽一個箱子,裡面裝有衣物、被單、育兒手冊及玩具。

 

The box also has a mattress at the bottom, so it can be used as a baby’s cot.

箱底還有鋪墊,可做為嬰兒床。

 

The tradition is credited with helping to decrease Finland’s infant mortality rate.

這項傳統因有助於降低芬蘭的嬰兒夭折率而馳名。

 

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.

世界銀行資料顯示,芬蘭1938年每1000名嬰兒中有65人夭折。這項數據在2013年降為千分之3。

 

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.

劍橋公爵夫人(凱特王子妃)身懷喬治王子時,芬蘭政府送給她這種嬰兒箱,因而在英國聲名大噪。

 

新聞辭典

credit sb with/for sth:動詞片語,將…歸功於(某人)。例句:Lestrade is often credited of solving the case.(破案常歸功於雷斯垂德。)

 

pilot:動詞,試驗。例句:A pilot study is a small-scale preliminary study that is helpful in the process of designing and executing a large-scale research project.(前導研究是小規模的初步研究,有助於推動大型研究計畫的設計及執行。)

 

spiral:動詞,(費用、價格等)急遽成長,急速上升。例句:Spiralling costs have squeezed profits.(成本遽增,利潤於是被壓縮。)

 

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