05 Feb '13, 11pm

Singapore's government is fixing a population problem it doesn't even have by @kixes

Singapore's government is fixing a population problem it doesn't even have by @kixes

Singapore’s government might as well have dropped dynamite among the people when it recently addressed its aging workforce and low birth rate. Its solution: increase the population to approximately 6.9 million by 2030. Already groaning under the weight of 5.31 million people (up from a population of about 1.9 million at independence in 1965), many Singaporeans are intimidated at the thought of more than another million people. The country’s usually first-class infrastructure is already overwhelmed with train breakdowns and skyrocketing prices. A survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit has identified Singapore as the sixth most expensive city in the world to live in. Overcrowding is also a major concern; Singapore will be required to reclaim even more land to accommodate the projected population. But the government’s logic is this: thanks to the demographic-econ...

Full article: http://qz.com/50658/singapores-government-wants-the-popul...

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