Thursday, April 10, 2008

Singapore Population

Singapore PopulationThe population of Singapore is about 4.0 million, comprising of a multi-racial mix of nationals. There are four main races here in Singapore: Chinese constitute about 77% of the Singapore population, about 14% of Malay people, about 8% of Indian community and other ethnic groups about 1.4%. Singapore Government is very particular in maintaining the ethnic race ratio around these numbers. An ethnic integration policy is adopted by Singapore's Housing Development Board. The Ethnic Integration Policy (EIP) is adopted to promote racial integration and harmony. It also helps to prevent the formation of racial enclaves, by ensuring a balanced ethnic mix among the various ethnic communities living in Singapore.

Most Singaporeans are bilingual. English is widely spoken and is the main language of administration, business and technology. The national language of Singapore is Malay while the four official languages are Mandarin (Chinese), Malay, Tamil and English. Major religions include Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Christianity and Hinduism.

Image in this post: Courtesy of Singapore Tourism Board


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