Bow chicka wow wow!!
I’ve had a theory for a couple years now that most of the problems in the world stem from overpopulation. Some effects are obvious like loss of fresh water, habitat loss, species extinction, and climate change, but others might not be so apparent. Crime and unemployment rates would go down, populations would have more freedom (in legal terms), the world’s average life expectancy would shoot up, etc.
However, there are certain countries where the population rate is declining, and that’s not so good for them either. Here are some countries that are handing out some incredible perks to partners to incentivize them to get it on and have some kiddos!
You might think that a county that drips with romanticism and gorgeous women wouldn’t have a problem with population size, but Italy’s fertility rate is well below Europe’s average.
Because of it, the government has started sending out campaigns that remind women that they only have a finite time to get pregnant. The ad’s read, ‘Beauty knows no age, fertility does’ and ‘Get going! Don’t wait for the stork.’
Here’s an idea we can get behind. Offices in major cities across South Korea all turn their lights off and kick people out at 7 every third Wednesday of the month. The government has dubbed the night “Family Day” so that workers can go home and try to make a family of their own.
Singapore officially has the lowest fertility rate in the world, capping out around 0.81 children per woman compared to the world’s 2.33 average. In order to combat their small population, the government has put a cap on the number of one bedroom apartments available to rent and will pay you big money if you have kids.
Parents will receive a “baby bonus” of $4,400 for their first two kids and $5,900 for any successive children.