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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - For years we have been sighing over Scandinavian and other Nordic countries' utopia. We wanted to be mothers in Finland. We dreamed of our children going to daycare for R$300 (US$55) a month, with public education until their doctorate and working a maximum of eight hours a day.

Because in Helsinki, if you lose your wallet and someone finds it, they will return it. Because they even had a word for the (pre-coronavirus) glory of staying home in nothing but their underwear (kalsarikänni)! And a sauna per every two inhabitants! Who wouldn . . .

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