This might seem funny to you, but it will shock you that there are countries where citizens are being begged by the government to have more sex. For these nations to have been in this list that means the rate at which they engage in love making is really very low and alarming. There are few things more important than fertility in determining a nation’s future viability.
Demographers suggest that a country needs a fertility rate of just over two children per woman to hit “replacement fertility”, the rate at which new births fill the spaces left behind by deaths. But due to certain cultural and economic forces, only about half of the world’s 224 countries currently hit replacement fertility.
For those that don’t, they beg their citizens to engage in sexual acts. Encouraging people to have sex can involve methodologies that range from highly explicit to downright bizarre.
Here are the list of countries where they are been begged to make love;
The 1960’s in Romania were a perilous time for couples. Population growth flatlined, prompting the government to come up with a 20% income tax for childless couples and to implement laws that made divorce uncommon. The essence was: If you weren’t adding to the communist state by creating laborers later on, you had to contribute with dollars instead. The 1980’s weren’t much better, however — women encountered compulsory gynecological exams that were performed by “demographic command units” to ensure pregnancies went to term. When Romanian leadership changed in 1989, the brutal policy finally subsided.But at 1.31 children per woman, the fertility rate is still very much below replacement.
if you aren’t going to have a kid for your own family, Danes are told, at least do it for Denmark. No, literally, do it for Denmark. The small Nordic country has such a low fertility rate of about 1.73 children per woman that spies, Rejser, a Danish travel company, has come up with ingenious incentives to convince women to get pregnant. First, it offered to provide three years’ worth of baby supplies to couples who conceived on a vacation booked through the company. Now it has come up with a very attractive campaign video entitled “Do it for Mom,” which guilt trips couples into having kids to offer their mom a grandchild.
Vladimir Putin once invited Boyz II Men to Moscow to stir men up right before Valentine’s Day. Can anyone blame him? As Tech Insider recently reported, the country is experiencing a perfect demographic storm. Men are dying young. HIV/AIDS and alcoholism are destroying the nation. And women no longer give birth as it were. The problem got worse that in 2007 Russia declared September 12 the official Day of Conception. On the Day of Conception, people get the day off to concentrate on having kids. Women who give birth exactly nine months later, on June 12, go home with a refrigerator as their gift.
Japan’s fertility rate has been below replacement since 1975. To stop the age long trend, in 2010 a group of students from the University of Tsukuba introduced Yotaro, a robot baby meant to give couples a foretaste of parenthood. If men and women start seeing themselves as potential fathers and mothers, the students theorized, they’ll feel emotionally ready to start having babies around.
Singapore has the lowest fertility rate in the world, at just 0.81 children per woman. On August 9, 2012, the Singaporean government held National Night, an event sponsored by the breath-mint company Mentos, to inspire couples to “let their patriotism explode.” The country has also placed a limit on the number of small one- bedroom apartments available for rent to motivate couples to cohabit and, presumably heighten, procreation. The government spends roughly $1.6 billion annually on different programs to encourage more sex.
On the third Wednesday of every month, South Korean offices shut their lights off at 7 p.m. This is known as Family Day. With a fertility rate of just 1.25 children per woman, the country leverages different approaches it can to promote family life. The government gives cash to couples who have more than one child.
India as a whole has no problem with fertility — the country’s ratio of 2.48 children per woman is much more above replacement. But the number of people in India’s Parsis community is declining — it lowers down from roughly 114,000 people in 1941 to just 61,000 in 2001, according to the 2001 census. This discouraging event led to a series of inciting publicity in 2014, including one that read “Be responsible — don’t use a condom tonight.” Another, made for men who lived at home, with the question… “Isn’t it time you broke up with your Mum?” The ads seem to be effective: By the latest measure, the population has inched back to 69,000.
With a fertility rate of 1.43 — well below the European average of 1.58 — Italy has taken a controversial approach just to make citizens to have more babies. As Bloomberg reports, the country has been running a series of awareness programs reminding Italians that time is of the essence and that babies don’t just come from nowhere. “Beauty knows no age, fertility does,” one ad said. “Get going! Don’t wait for the stork,” another said. Men and women haven’t reacted positively to the guilt trip. Francesco Daveri, a professor of economics at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, said the ads couldn’t make any impact.
With a fertility rate of just 1.18 children per woman, Hong Kong at the moment is experiencing the same challenge as many industrialized countries: Without enough young people to replace aging citizens, populations are declining and economic growth is as well affected. In 2013, the country proposed giving cash handouts to potential fathers and mothers to push them to start having kids. This idea took its cue from Singapore, where parents receive a “baby bonus” of about $4,400 for their first two children and $5,900 for their third and fourth babies. This step for sure would work. But in Hong Kong, the plan failed.
Fertility rates in Spain is drastically reducing as unemployment rises: About half of all young people are unemployed. It’s the second-highest rate in Europe, behind Greece. To put a stop to this thriving trend, Spanish government hired a special commissioner, Edelmira Barreira, in January 2017. Her first task is getting to know the causes of the trend and adopting different methods to reverse it . “There is a lot of work ahead of us,” Barreira told the Spanish newspaper Faro De Vigo.