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S'poreans marrying later
by Diana Othman

WHILE more couples tied the knot last year, many Singaporeans are not marrying or marrying later in life.

In an update on the population trends in 2008, the National Population Secretariat (NPS) said there were 21,042 marriages involving at least one Singapore citizen last year, compared to 20,775 nuptials in 2007.

But the marriage rates for Singaporean men over the last decade fell from 47.9 married men per 1,000 unmarried men in 1998 to 42.1 last year.

The trend is similar for women, showing a decline from 49 to 39.3 married females per 1,000 unmarried women.

Over the last 10 years, Singaporeans are also marrying later, with the median age of first marriage rising from 28.3 to 29.7 years for men, and from 25.7 to 27.1 years for women.

The number of singles has also risen. Over 40 per cent of Singaporean men aged 30 to 34 years were single, while 29.4 per cent were women, compared to 33.3 per cent men and 21.6 per cent women in 1998. NPS said that such trends 'underpin the importance of facilitating socialising opportunities' for singles here so they could 'meet their desired partners early'.

The report also noted that with globalisation, more Singaporeans are also meeting desired partners from overseas.

The share of marriages involving citizens and non-citizens has increased over the past decade, rising to almost four in 10 in 2008 from three in 10 in 1998.

And among the married couples, they are having fewer children, noted NPS.

The report said that the average number of children born to ever-married female citizens aged 30 to 39 years declined to 1.58 children last year from 1.74 children in 1998.

Although the government has enhanced the marriage and parenthood package in 2008 to encourage a more pro-family environment in Singapore, NPS said it is still premature to gauge its effectiveness as it was only implemented last August.

This article was first published in The Straits Times.

readers' comments
The Way I See It:

A friend of mine sent me this classic note:

A store that sells new husbands has opened in New York City , where a woman may go to choose a husband.. Among the instructions at the entrance is a description of how the store operates:

You may visit this store ONLY ONCE! There are six floors and the value of the products increase as the shopper ascends the flights. The shopper may choose any item from a particular floor, or may choose to go up to the next floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the building!

So, a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband. On the first floor the sign on the door reads:

Floor 1 - .....
Posted by ILostMyBall on Mon, 22 Jun 2009 at 00:03 AM
Less Singaporeans ... more FT ... how can U really want our govt to tighten the inflow?
Posted by amfreeaccess on Sun, 21 Jun 2009 at 05:10 AM

This is good advice. :)
Posted by Forum goddess on Sun, 21 Jun 2009 at 00:44 AM

Not all new parents are3 prepared for the changes that a baby will bring into their lives.

Before having children, couples are free to go out to dinner at a moment's notice, or watch a movie.

They can stay up late on Friday night and sleep in on Saturday.

But all that changes when baby comes home.

Now, your free time is spent caring for your new infant. Your schedule is no longer on your own, and you can also forget about waking up late on Saturdays.
Sounds grim?

In addition, finding the right partner in life to build a lasting relationship and having positive attitude and mindset in keeping a close family is not an easy task.

Last but not .....
Posted by leoaugust on Fri, 19 Jun 2009 at 22:17 PM

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