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Do Singaporeans still believe in marriage?

Singapore’s low birth rates are quite well known. Do they show that Singaporeans no longer want to get married and have children?

Actually, the large majority of Singaporeans aspire to start their own families. In the latest Marriage and Parenthood Study (2012), more than 8 in 10 single respondents said that they desired to get married, while 97% of married respondents wanted to have a child. In fact, more than 8 in 10 married respondents wanted to have two or more children.

Also, more Singaporeans are getting married. From 2010 – 2015, the number of singles tying the knot has increased by more than 15%, and there were more than 23,000 citizen marriages in 2015, the second highest number since 1997.

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