In Nigeria, discussing sex publicly is seen as a taboo and the person who dares go against the norm is either debased, morally corrupt or either a pervert. Sex education is discussed in hush tones while parents go to a great length to shield their children from being corrupted.
Being the overtly ‘religious’ people that we claim to be, discussing anything that has to do do with sex is seriously frowned upon and you will be branded a lewd, licentious, lascivious, or at most, lecherous.
But do you know that there are countries that encourage its citizens to have more sex? Sounds ridiculous, right? Hey, wait a minute, not only are those countries some of the most advanced but their governments even go the extra mile to make people get some more…. and some more.
Most of these countries have a special reason for encouraging their people to get under the sheets as often as possible. Some of such reasons could be a decline in their population, fertility issues, psychological and mental issues but the bottom line is that they do everything possible to get people to have more sex.
See the list of top 10 countries whose governments take the issue of sex seriously.
In Denmark, one of the countries with a very stable economy, citizens are told that by having more sex and breeding kids, they are doing it for the country.
The Nordic country has a very a low fertility rate with about 1.73 children per woman being sired. It got so bad that Spies Rejser, a Danish travel company, came up with an ingenious incentive to persuade women to get pregnant.
Rejser promised to provide three years’ worth of baby supplies to couples who conceived on a vacation booked through the company.
They also came up with a sexy campaign video titled ‘Do it for Mom,’ which guilt-trips couples into having kids to give their precious mothers a grandchild.
In Russia, having more sex is seen as something that every couple should indulge in not only for pleasure but to increase their population.
Vladimir Putin’s country realized that they were experiencing a demographic storm with men dying young while dangerous diseases like HIV/AIDS and alcoholism were crippling the country and its economy. They also found out that women were not making babies enough.
The problem got so bad that in Russia declared every September 12 as the Official Day of Conception in 2007.
On the most revered day where couples are encouraged to stop work and every other commitment to have sex, a public holiday is declared and couples are told to focus on having kids.
This does not come without rewards as any woman who gives birth to a baby exactly nine months after gets to win a giant refrigerator with the child given a full scholarship from primary school to the university level.
Japan has one of the world’s lowest fertility rate and has been on the downward decline as far back as 1975 with a lot of people switching off sex.
In 2010, a group of student researchers from the University of Tsukuba, introduced Yotaro, a robot baby that gives couples a preview of parenthood and followed up with a study reports that if men and women begin thinking of themselves as potential fathers and mothers, they would feel emotionally ready to take a stab at the real thing.
Seeing this as a way to solving their population decline, the government latched on to it and made it a national policy where people were encouraged to have more sex with some fantastic rewards thrown into the bargain.
Romania has been experiencing a retarded growth rate for over four decades now starting from the 1970s when their population began to dwindle, giving the government a lot to worry about.
As the population growth rate plummeted, the worried government decided to impose a 20% income tax for childless couples and to implement provisions that made divorce nearly impossible.
The idea was behind this measures was that if you weren’t contributing to the communist state by creating future laborers, you had to contribute in cash instead.
The measure made the people sit up and women were forced to face gynecological examinations that were performed by demographic command units to ensure pregnancies went to term.
The growth rate is still low in Romania today but there has been great improvement as people get into the sack often and make babies.
Despite having of the best economies in the world, Singapore also has the lowest fertility rate in the universe with just 0.81 children per woman.
Worried about the awaiting calamity, the government hit on a plan and on August 9, 2012, held the first ever National Night, an event sponsored by the breath-mint company Mentos, to encourage couples to let their patriotism explode by way of having more sex and making more babies.
The country also placed a limit on the number of small one-bedroom apartments available for rent to encourage people to live together and have sex, thereby procreating regularly.
Each year the government of Singapore spends roughly $1.6 billion on programs to get people to have more sex.
5. South Korea
Did you know there is a national holiday in South Korea known as the Family Day? The third Wednesday of every month is the Family Day in that Asian country where offices close down from 7 pm and couples are encouraged to hurry home and get cozy.
With a fertility rate of just 1.25 children per woman, the South Korea takes every step it can to promote family life, even offering cash incentives to people who have more than one child.
India has been hit by a population explosion which climbed to 1.324 billion in 2016 but before then, there was a gross scarcity of children due to a fertility problem which prompted the government to think deep and come up with far reaching decisions to encourage the people to have more sex.
Though the cities have benefited from this population increase, the rural communities have been witnessing heavy decrease as populations have been shrinking. At the last count, the number of people in India’s Parsis community shrank from roughly 114,000 people in 1941 to just 61,000 in 2001.
That problem led to a series of provocative advertorials including one that read: ‘Be responsible — don’t use a condom tonight.’
Another advertorial geared toward men who lived at home, asked: ‘Isn’t it time you broke up with your Mum?’
All these were aimed at making the citizens get into the sack and get intimate so as to birth forth tiny little patters.
Italy has always had a fertility problem with the rate put at 1.43, which is well below the European average of 1.58. The problem was so disturbing that the government took an approach, albeit seen as controversial, to encourage citizens to have more kids.
A Bloomberg report had it that the country began running a series of advertorials reminding Italians that time might be running out and that kids don’t just come from nowhere.
One of such ads read: ‘Beauty knows no age, fertility does,’and another said: ‘Get going! Don’t wait for the stork.’
However, most couples seem not to respond to these guilt trips but the government is not relenting in its effort to get people to hit the sack as often as they can
2. Hong Kong
This beautiful Asian country made up of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, and the New Territories, has been battling with a sex problem with a fertility rate of just 1.18 children per woman.
Hong Kong faces the same challenge as many industrialized countries without enough young people to replace aging citizens and with the dwindling population, comes slow economic growth.
This worrisome index saw the government stomping up an ingenious campaign in 2013 by proposing a handsome cash reward to couples to encourage them to have kids.
The idea took was modeled after the Singaporean style where parents receive a ‘baby bonus’ of around $4,400 for their first two children and $5,900 for their third and fourth.
In January 2017, the Spanish government appointed Edelmira Barreira as it’s Minister for Sex and her first job was to urge couples to have more babies and reverse the nation’s plummeting birth rate.
It was revealed in a study that the culture of long working hours and late nights was the cause of the nation’s sex famine and Barreira was to persuade people to get busy between the sheets.
With the country facing a severe population crisis, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy appointed Barreira as the country’s sex tsar to get Spaniards to produce more babies.
The government hoped to boost Spain’s falling birth rate which is one of the lowest in the developed world.
Since 2008, the number of births in Spain has plunged by 18 percent and the number of childless couples nearly tripled from 1.5 million in 1977 to 4.4 million in 2015, which was a big worry to the government and they decided on a number of measures to encourage people to have sex often.