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People & Society

From helping Singaporeans to start families and raise children, to living alongside people from different backgrounds – find out how we’re building a society for everyone, and keeping the Singapore culture and spirit burning bright.

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The issue

Even as Singapore society continues to change and evolve, we need to remain focused on what makes Singapore society special – to have strong families at the core, to be a caring society where there is a place for everyone, and to be gracious towards people from different backgrounds.

What Being Done

What we need

  1. Making this a great place for starting families, raising children, and building strong multigenerational families.
  2. Greater understanding and appreciation among different people living in Singapore.
  3. Upholding what makes Singapore special – our identity, values and aspirations.

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What's being done

  • Promoting a family-friendly environment, such as greater support for working parents through flexible work arrangements and ramping up childcare facilities.
  • Facilitating more social interactions between different groups and raising awareness of shared values and norms.
  • Providing opportunities to celebrate Singapore’s identity, values and roots, and to envision a shared future.

PerspectivesGet the population angle on people and society in Singapore

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Comparing several societies, Professor Mary Brinton of Harvard University argued that a combination of workplace culture, labour policies and gender roles can explain their differing birth rates.

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My Three Goals for SG100

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Can Singapore remain the most successful society in the world? For Kishore Mahbubani, the answer is a resounding yes. Read on as he shares his 3 ambitious goals for Singapore in SG100.

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Is technology a game changer for dating in Singapore?

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Judging from the proliferation of dating apps, online dating is here to stay. Hear from individuals and dating experts in Singapore on the unique challenges and perks of looking for love online.

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Stress of Sec 1 enrolment in Paris: A Singaporean's perspective

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Ever wonder if Singapore is the only country with a vigorous Secondary 1 enrolment process? Hear from Angie Ho Guyoton, an overseas Singaporean living in France as she shares her experience of the first day of Paris’ Secondary School enrolment.

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    Over the years, Singapore has become a bustling metropolis with people from different backgrounds, stories and dreams. Who are the different groups who live, work or spend time in our country?

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SG50 National Day Roundup

Singapore just celebrated her Golden Jubilee. Here are some reflections, hopes and aspirations shared by Singaporeans in the spirit of National Day!

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Is technology a game changer for dating in Singapore?

Judging from the proliferation of dating apps, online dating is here to stay. Hear from individuals and dating experts in Singapore on the unique challenges and perks of looking for love online.

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Small Dot, Big Dreams

Proud to be Singaporean! Read about Singaporeans making a difference — from US and Europe, to the roughest neighbourhoods in Ghana and Timor Leste.

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Love goes beyond race and culture

As Singapore society becomes more diverse and social norms shift, mixed race marriages are becoming more common, making up one in five of marriages.

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Integration, Singapore style: A mix of laws and social norms

Charlie Hebdo: Freedom of Speech or Respect for other’s Religion. And what does it mean for the Singapore style of integration? Prof Chan Heng Chee says, “…integration is not a condition one can take for granted”.

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Reunion by the Pier: Singapore Day 2016

Singaporeans living on the US West Coast came together for a heartwarming reunion with friends and family. Besides food and fun, it was also a time for our Overseas Singaporeans to reaffirm their connection with and love for Singapore.

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