21 December 2005

People of Singapore Part 12

A mother strolling her two babies (twins?) along Orchard Road. This is increasingly becoming a rare sight as Singapore's birth rate has decreased from 12.78 births/1,000 population in 2002 to 9.49 births/1000 population in 2005.

In an attempt to boost the birth rate, the Singapore government has spent S$800 million on providing incentives to new parents, such as 3-month paid maternity leaves, Baby Bonuses, and tax breaks. This is mainly to reverse the effect of the "Stop at Two" campaign introduced in the 1970s to curb birth rates.

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