This kinda sounds like the US where a good percentage of women will have a bunch of babies just to get more benefits.
How did you spend August 9th of this year? Well, if you live in Singapore, the government is hoping you spent the day celebrating the anniversary of your independence from Malaysia…and then spent the night getting knocked up. That’s because birth rates in Singapore have fallen to all time lows. It’s currently at around 1.2 children per woman, well below the 2.1 children per woman rate necessary to maintain the current population numbers. So last year, breath mint company Mentos launched an ad campaign in Singapore that encouraged everyone to do their civic duty by making a baby on August 9th – with the aid of fresh breath from Mentos, of course. Many countries, in fact, are incentivizing their citizens to make little baby citizens. Russia, which has seen a steady population decline since the early 1990s, began a program in which moms in one region who give birth on June 12 – the country’s National Day holiday -- are entered into a drawing to win money and prizes from the government, including refrigerators and SUVs. And Germany hopes that building new state-of-the-art nursery schools will tempt people into parenthood. Incentives like this have actually been around for centuries. In Ancient Rome, Caesar Augustus became so concerned about dwindling population numbers that he passed legislation rewarding big families with more political clout. The reason ancient and modern governments worry about population decline it that it creates severe economic problems. There are fewer young workers paying taxes and buying goods. So for the foreseeable future, you can forget about Valentine’s Day if you live in Singapore – August 9th is new day for romance..