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Asia's young population, once the envy of the Western world is growing old — fast — with both fertility and birth rates in some countries at all-time lows threatening to strip the region of its competitive edge.
According to the CIA World Factbook, Asia's most developed economies such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea were among the top six countries with the lowest fertility rates in the world this year.
"The work-life balance is something that would be a deterrent." Ang is one of many young people across Asia whose decision to put off having children is worrying their governments.
From Taiwan to Singapore, authorities are stepping in to organize speed dating and other matchmaking events in a desperate attempt to stem falling birth rates.
In Japan, the rate of 1.39 has stayed around the same level for the past decade, while in China it is 1.55.
This compares to 2.06 children per woman in the United States and 1.91 in the U. According to the World Factbook, an average two children per woman is needed to maintain a population at its current level.
Sometimes a obscure statistic can be found in a diagram in a book or journal article.
Look out in particular for subject headings that say --statistics--periodicals, these are usually official statistics handbooks or yearbooks by each country's statistics department/division/office/bureau and are full of information.
Singapore's fertility rate dipped to its lowest level ever at 1.23 babies per woman in 2009, down from 1.28 in 2008 and well below the 2.1 replacement rate needed for a stable population, he said.
The marriage rate hit 6.6 marriages per 1,000 residents in 2009, down from 7.8 in 1999, the Straits Times said, citing government statistics.
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