In different parts of the world, different countries have developed unique ways to deal with certain problems, as well as help their citizens have a better life and be healthier. Some of these ideas hasn’t gotten to other parts of the world and it’s a real shame. While this is not a definitive list, it is still filled with amazing ideas that every country should adopt. Every pregnant Finnish woman is eligible for a free, government-sponsored ‘maternity box’. The kit comes with mattress, sheets, jumpsuits, socks, diapers and several other items a new baby will need. Even the box it comes in can be used as a cot. The point of this is to provide every future citizen of Finland an equal start in life. In several countries, both mother and father are entitled to paid leave when their child is born. The most generous country in that regard is the Czech Republic. Both parents get a minimum of 14 weeks of paid leave, and if it’s their first child – the parents can get 48 months of government-paid leave! In Finland and Sweden, non-violent crimes will entail a fine, rather than jail time. The fine, however, is directly dependent on the perpetrator’s income. This creates a sort of ‘financial prison’ and serves as a deterrence from committing such crimes. In fact, a Finnish man who earned $11 million in one year had to pay a fine equal to $200,000 for speeding… Before being allowed to ride a bicycle, children in the Netherlands at the age of 10 are required to take a written, as well as practical test to assure they know how to ride the bike, as well as traffic laws that apply to it. This practice increases the liness of them using bicycles regularly as adults and is a major contributor to the reduction in car usage and pollution in major cities throughout the country. In Sweden, A part of all traffic tickets is kept in a particular pool, and any citizen without traffic violations is automatically entered into the pool with a chance to win up to $3000. This custom both encourages people to drive safely and instills a sense of fairness, where ‘being good’ is rewarded. Australian citizens are legally obligated to participate in the elections. Any Australian, who doesn't show up to vote, is served with a fine, leading to a whopping 95% of the population voting each time. For contrast, in the U.S. the voting percentage is at 36.6%. Australians who don’t wish to vote, but would to avoid fines tend to put in a blank paper (often with crude drawings on it). To reduce the liness of inmates returning to a life of crime, Brazil chose to reduce jail time to those who educate themselves by reading while in prison. For each book a prisoner reads, they must submit a report, and if deemed appropriate, it will reduce 4 days off of their sentence. Since the beginning of the program, Brazil has seen a 30% reduction in criminal relapses. In an effort to reduce the number of overdosing and related deaths, the Netherlands offers a free, anonymous service that tests the composition of narcotics. The test lists the ingredients of the drug, warning users of potentially dangerously laced ones, as well as ways to treat potential cases of related overdosing.