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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.

Perspectives Get the population angle on jobs and economy in Singapore

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Elaine and her kids

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10 years and three kids later: Why I had my first child early

Elaine's full-time job is to care for her three children. She is also the President of the Breastfeeding Mothers’ Support Group (Singapore), a local charity that promotes and supports breastfeeding in Singapore.

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Mother and baby

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Australia’s baby bonus works: Research

Giving a one-off cash gift for families who have babies does help in boosting birth rates, research from Australia shows.

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Turkey's fertility challenge

Although it still has a youthful population, Turkey is already trying to encourage its women to have more children in order to avoid the shrinking population challenge many of its European peers are facing.

  • Who is in our population?

    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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Turkey's fertility challenge

Although it still has a youthful population, Turkey is already trying to encourage its women to have more children in order to avoid the shrinking population challenge many of its European peers are facing.

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Breed like rabbits, Poles urged

With Polish birth rates among the lowest in Europe, the country’s health ministry has taken to using an unconventional method to get its message across.

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The "Ang Moh" bus captain

They may not look or sound like the typical Singaporean but they certainly are! This Talking Point episode takes a look at the issues around our growing diversity, and overturns assumptions about what it means to be Singaporean.

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More children, less tax for Turkey

Turkey is looking to tackle the problem of low-birth rates and an ageing population by introducing tax cuts for families with three or more children.