Single and ready to mingle? Let the government help you find a girlfriend or boyfriend. Singapore’s official dating service, ambiguously named the “Social Development Network” or “SDN,” has been around since 1984 to help single adults get it on. The SDN offers personals, singles networking events, chatrooms, and discussion forums. But be warned, it feels kind of like having patronizing parents manage your dating life. For example, their “Ready to Date” cartoons sound like what you’d tell a geeky, awkward teenager.
But with the country’s plummeting birthrate, Singapore’s pretty shameless when it comes to promoting marriage and babies. I’ve seen huge billboards promoting picture-perfect scenes of happy families, and the newspaper regularly publishes a “Family” section dedicated to cute baby pictures.
So if you’re single, Singaporean (or a permanent resident), and sick of paying match.com’s monthly fees, then check out SDN!