Nursery offers time for making babies

Terbaru  17 September 2012 - 15:59 WIB
Children in Denmark

In terms of birth rate, Denmark languishes at number 185 out of 221 countries in the world.

Denmark has one of the lowest birth rates in the world. Now, a group of nurseries near Copenhagen are offering free nursery supervision to children in the hope that their parents will be encouraged to spend more time together and make more babies.

Reporter:

Malcolm Brabant

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This is Malcolm Brabant in Denmark, where a group of nursery workers have made the children's parents an offer that's hard to refuse: 'we'll look after your children for an extra two hours for free, so that you can go to bed and make more babies.' This once-off service is designed to draw attention to the dwindling number of births and to do something about it.

In terms of birth rate, Denmark languishes at number 185 out of 221 countries in the world. If the increasingly older population continues to expand, Denmark will not be able to support pensioners and others dependent on state benefits.

The nurseries offering free babysitting are in the district of North Fyn, to the west of Copenhagen, where 200 fewer babies were born last year. Dorthe Nyman, the head of the Grasshopper nursery, described it as a serious problem.

Fifty percent of parents have accepted their offer, but there'll be no time for a romantic dinner and slow seduction because couples only have two hours to perform in the national interest. Ms Nyman said if their offer was successful, they'd be happy to do it all over again.

Vocabulary

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nursery: tempat penitipan anak

hard to refuse: sulit untuk ditolak

look after: diurus

once-off: hanya satu kali

dwindling: menurun

languishes: berada dalam posisi lemah

pensioners: pensiunan

babysitting: pengurusan anak

seduction: perayuan

national interest: kepentingan nasional

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