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Singapore

  • By: Justin Corfield
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

This island city-state (which also covers some small islands), located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, is the smallest nation in southeast Asia. It gained independence from Malaysia in 1965. With a population of 4.84 million (2008 estimate), it has female life expectancy of 84.89, one of the highest in the world. Singapore also has a birth rate of 9.34 per 1,000, and its infant mortality rate of 2.31 per 1,000 live births is the lowest in the world.

In 2008, 24,596 marriages were registered in Singapore, for a rate of 6.4 per 1,000 residents. 7,220 divorces and annulments were granted for a rate of 2 per 1,000. Abortion is available on request, and in 2004 the abortion rate among women age 15–44 ...

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