Singapore Population, People, Languages and Religions

By | January 21, 2022

Singapore Country Overview

Where is Singapore located? The island and city-state of Singapore is located in Southeast Asia and is the smallest country in Asia. Despite this, the time zone that Singapore is assigned to on the time zone map is named after Singapore: “Singapore Time”. This world time zone has a time shift of +8 hours to the coordinated world time. This difference also remains in the summer months, as it is not customary in Singapore to change the time to daylight saving time.

Singapore National Flag

Population Distribution

As of 2023, the latest population of Singapore is 6,209,660, based on our calculation of the current data from UN (United Nations).

Total population 6,209,660
Population growth rate 1.73%
Birth rate 8.60 births per 1,000 people
Life expectancy
Overall life expectancy 84.07 years
Men life expectancy 81.67 years
Women life expectancy 86.64 years
Age structure
0-14 years 12.77%
15-64 years 77.19%
65 years and above 10.03%
Median age 34.00 years
Gender ratio (Male to Female) 0.96
Population density 8,909.12 residents per km²
Urbanization 100.00%
74.1% Chinese, 13.4% Malay, 9.2% Indian, 3.3% Pakistani, Sri Lankan and others
Buddhists (Chinese) 33.9%; Taoists (Chinese) 20%; Muslims (Malay 15.4%); Christians 12.6%; Hindus 3.5%; Others (including non-religious, Sikhs, Taoists, Confucians) 14.6%
Human Development Index (HDI) 0.935
HDI ranking 9th out of 194

People in Singapore

The residents of Singapore are the Singaporeans. 76 out of 100 people in Singapore are Chinese, 15 are Malays and seven are Indian. People from Pakistan and Sri Lanka also live in Singapore.

So many people from very different cultures live together in Singapore. One then speaks of a multicultural society. There are four official languages, namely English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.

About 5.7 million people live on the island. The population density is very high, especially in the center of the capital, which is in the south of the island. This is only possible because they live “one above the other”, in fact in many high-rise buildings.

Languages in Singapore

English is the language of administration and business in Singapore. But since so many different nations speak English, a dialect of its own has developed in which other languages ​​are also incorporated. The sentence structure is also often changed and the language simplified.

But most of Singapore’s residents are Chinese and speak their own language, Mandarin. Mandarin is therefore used as a business language in addition to English, especially when Chinese Singaporeans communicate or do business. In addition to Mandarin, there are eight other Chinese dialects that are spoken.

Tamil and Malay are also spoken in Singapore. Tamil is the mother tongue of people from Sri Lanka, Malay comes from Malaysia and Indonesia.

Religions in Singapore

Almost all religions are represented in Singapore. Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism and the Sikh religion meet here. The different religions live together in a relatively small area. Often people of the same religion and origin also live together in common neighborhoods. There are, for example, the districts of Little India and China Town.