Yes, you read it right, Minister Of Sex. You would say no right thinking government would carve out such an office, but not when your birth rate is the worst in the developed world.
The Spanish Government has recently appointed a Minister of Sex in order to help boost the sex life of its citizens which would in turn engineer an increase in the nations population.
Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s Prime Minister confirmed Edelmira Barreira as the country’s top sex official. The Spanish government revealed that the move is aimed at getting Spaniards produce more babies.
Spain’s birthrate has fallen by 18 percent since 2008, according to figures from Eurostat. Between 1977 and 2015, the number of childless couples tripled from 1.5 to 4.4 million, according to the latest report by Spanish social and economic think tank, Funcas.
Experts have however attributed the decline in birth rate among Spaniards to long working hours and the culture of eating late at night.
While many European countries are seeing a decline in birth rates, Spain’s figures means it has one of the lowest in the developed world.
Spain’s education ministry said the declining birth-rate “aggravates other economic imbalances and generates important ‘impacts’ in the Welfare State,” reports Spanish news site ABC.
Rafael Puyol, of the IE Business School in Madrid, said one of the contributing factors was that people are often too tired after a full day at work.
“They do not help with making a family. Then a child arrives and it is even worse.”
This isn’t the first time a government has gone to extreme lengths to promote baby making.
In 2014, the Danish government ran a “Do It For Denmark” campaign encouraging couples to procreate which apparently had a positive effect on the birth rate.
Through out history and as civilizations evolved, Nations with large populations have always held an advantage, a huge population implies more people to pay taxes for the government, increased demand for goods and services.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Ms Barreira will draft a document for a national strategy of demographic imbalances.