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Singapore aims for total fertility rate of 1.4 or 1.5 from 1.28: DPM Teo

Published on Jan 21, 2013 3:18 PM
 
DEPUTY Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said today that with the enhanced $2 billion Marriage and Parenthood package, the Government hopes to move the total fertility rate up to 1.4 or 1.5. --ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

DEPUTY Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said today that with the enhanced $2 billion Marriage and Parenthood package, the Government hopes to move the total fertility rate up to 1.4 or 1.5

Current estimates put the TFR for last year at 1.28 to 1.3, what he called a "mini dragon year effect." In 2011, the TFR was 1.2.

Noting that TFRs in many parts of East Asia are languishing at similarly low levels, he said at a press conference today that reaching a TFR of 1.4 or 1.5 would mean that "we have done quite well."

 
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