These 10 Countries are Encouraging People to Have More Sex, More Babies
According to Business Insider, there has been a significant drop in birth rates in these 10 countries. Officials are urging adults to have sex on a regular basis in order to help combat the declining populations.
However as the article reports, there are actually 224 countries worldwide that are not meeting the replacement fertility rate to ensure socio-economic balance. There are a number of factors to take into account that could be direct causes to this swift decline:
- Longer working hours to cover lack of pay rises while inflation continues to increase, so less time available with spouses or partners.
- Millennials are finding it increasingly more difficult to move out from the family home.
- The need for career focus ever present, especially in the digital age where competition for the best work roles or offering the best services as a sole trader / business owner is at an all time high.
- The rise in support of transhumanistic policies for a less human-populated planet may trigger initiatives and discourage people from having children in a bid to reduce natural resource consumption.
- Quality of life making it difficult for people to raise a family.
- Not everyone wants children, in fact far less people are opting to become parents than ever before.
These are just a few examples of what can affect a couples ability or decision to procreate. It seems the media has been offering mixed messages when it comes to the human population and the planets ability to sustain life. The fact is, if the rate of replacement fertility isn't met in the highlighted countries, entire communities could disappear after a few generations.
It's a person's / couple's right to choose whether or not they wish to have a family but the question is, are they receiving accurate and socially responsible information?
These are the 10 countries highlighted that are need of more child births:
While economically Denmark has been not only thriving but flourishing over the years, even in the midst of the 2008 financial crisis, the country simply needs more births in order to maintain it's socio-economic structure for generations to come. The Scandinavian country only has 5.6 million residents and has a low replacement fertility rate of just 1.73 children per woman.
So companies have taken matters into their own hands by offering 'incentives'.
"Spies Rejser, a Danish travel company, has come up with ingenious incentives to persuade women to get pregnant.
First, it offered to provide three years' worth of baby supplies to couples who conceived on a vacation booked through the company.
Now it has come up with a sexy campaign video titled "Do it for Mom," which guilt trips couples into having kids to give their precious mothers a grandchild." - Business Insider
"Vladimir Putin once brought Boyz II Men to Moscow to rile men up right before Valentine's Day.
Can anyone blame him? As Tech Insider recently reported, the country is experiencing a perfect demographic storm. Men are dying young. HIV/AIDS and alcoholism are crippling the country. And women aren't having babies.
The problem got so bad that in 2007 Russia declared September 12 the official Day of Conception.
On the Day of Conception, people get the day off to focus on having kids. Women who give birth exactly nine months later, on June 12, win a refrigerator." - Business Insider
It has been a known fact for decades that Japan's birth rate has been massively decreasing. Now it's reached a point that the government fears that in just a few generations time, Japanese heritage may simply become a book for the archives.
With technological innovation, strong career focus and an ultra hardworking approach taking priority, it's no wonder that couples are not having babies. Less men and women are actively seeking relationships. According to Business Insider, "the University of Tsukuba introduced Yotaro, a robot baby that gives couples a preview of parenthood" in a bid to help stir emotional engagement and an interest in parenting.
Unsurprisingly, Romania has made the list. With all the political and economic turmoils the country has faced over the decades, many couples simply were not in a position to create a 'baby boom.'
"The 1960s in Romania were a perilous time for couples.
Population growth flatlined, prompting the government to impose a 20% income tax for childless couples and to implement provisions that made divorce nearly impossible.
The idea was: If you weren't contributing to the communist state by creating future laborers, you had to contribute with dollars instead.
The 1980s weren't much better, however — women faced forced gynecological exams that were performed by "demographic command units" to ensure pregnancies went to term. When Romanian leadership changed in 1989, the brutal policy finally came crashing down. But at 1.31 children per woman, the fertility rate is still well below replacement." - Business Insider
"Singapore has the lowest fertility rate in the world, at just 0.81 children per woman.
On August 9, 2012, the Singaporean government held National Night, an event sponsored by the breath-mint company Mentos, to encourage couples to "let their patriotism explode."
The country has also placed a limit on the number of small one-bedroom apartments available for rent to encourage people to live together and, presumably, procreate.
Each year the government spends roughly $1.6 billion on programs to get people to have more sex." - Business Insider
With scarce employment opportunities outside of the capital and larger cities, most millennials flock to these social centres to obtain better employment prospects.
More often than not, people are working long hours in offices or in places of trade and have little time or interest in forming families while trying to create financial security.
"On the third Wednesday of every month, South Korean offices shut their lights off at 7 p.m. It's known as Family Day.
With a fertility rate of just 1.25 children per woman, the country takes any steps it can to promote family life — even offering cash incentives to people who have more than one child." - Business Insider
Surprisingly, India managed to make the list. Generally, it's population is known to be one of the largest in the world, however there are specific communities that are underpopulated and face diminishment.
"India as a whole has no problem with fertility — the country's ratio of 2.48 children per woman is well above replacement.
But the number of people in India's Parsis community is dwindling — it shrank from roughly 114,000 people in 1941 to just 61,000 in 2001, according to the 2001 census.
That problem led to a series of provocative ads in 2014, including one that read "Be responsible — don't use a condom tonight." Another, geared toward men who lived at home, asked, "Isn't it time you broke up with your Mum?"
The ads seem to be working: By the latest measure, the population has inched back to 69,000." - Business Insider
Still considered the home and hub for modern day Catholicism, it is likely that you will find less couples here than in some other European countries having children out of wed-lock. However, as the country has been facing some economic hardships of it's own, this could also play a big role in why couples nowadays are less likely to have children than their predecessors.
"With a fertility rate of 1.43 — well below the European average of 1.58 — Italy has taken a controversial approach to encourage citizens to have more kids.
As Bloomberg reports, the country has been running a series of ads reminding Italians that time might be running out and that kids don't just come from nowhere.
"Beauty knows no age, fertility does," one ad said. "Get going! Don't wait for the stork," another said.
Couples haven't responded positively to the guilt trip. Francesco Daveri, a professor of economics at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, has called the ads a failure." - Business Insider
Both Hong Kong and China have seen a significant drop in child-birth rates over the last three decades. So much so, that Chinese authorities have dropped the one child per household cap in a bid to help increase it's replacement fertility rate. According to online reports however, a lot of women feel they are too exhausted and financially strained to have larger families.
"With a fertility rate of just 1.18 children per woman, Hong Kong faces the same challenge as many industrialized countries: Without enough young people to replace aging citizens, populations are dwindling and economic growth is slowing.
In 2013, the country proposed giving cash handouts to couples to encourage them to have kids.
The idea took its cue from Singapore, where parents receive a "baby bonus" of about $4,400 for their first two children and $5,900 for their third and fourth.
But in Hong Kong, the plan never came to life." - Business Insider
We recently reported on the initiatives taking place as a response to the significant decrease in child births in Spain. Many reasons have been offered such as lack of employment opportunities, millennials not having the means to purchase their own properties, long working hours etc. It is evident it's lack of economic growth since the 2008 crash has had disastrous effects on the country's affluence and the public's ability to form new families.
"Fertility rates in Spain are creeping downward while unemployment is rising: About half of all young people don't have a job. It's the second-highest rate in Europe, behind Greece.
To combat the worrying trends, the Spanish government hired a special commissioner, Edelmira Barreira, in January 2017. Her first tasks are finding the myriad causes of the trend and devising macro strategies to reverse it .
"We have a lot of work ahead of us," Barreira told the Spanish newspaper Faro De Vigo." - Business Insider
As we now know from recent reports, the generalised view of 'overpopulation' isn't as accurate as people initially thought. While some countries require measures to cap population growth, others need incentives to increase theirs. Overall it is evident that balance is needed to ensure that a country has the means to survive but will any current or new measures help with this issue?
Written by Brenda Adiyiah for Burn the Night
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