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.
Bordering Countries of Singapore
According to abbreviationfinder, Singapore is bordered by two countries, Malaysia and Indonesia. Malaysia is located just north of Singapore, across the Straits of Johor. The two countries are connected by two bridges, the Johor-Singapore Causeway and the Second Link. Malaysia is a federation of 13 states and three federal territories, with an estimated population of 32 million people. The capital city of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur, which is around 220 km away from Singapore.
Indonesia lies to the south and southwest of Singapore, separated by the Strait of Malacca and the Singapore Strait. It consists of more than 17,000 islands with an estimated population of 267 million people. The capital city of Indonesia is Jakarta, located on the island of Java about 800 km away from Singapore. Indonesia has a diverse mix of ethnicities and cultures which makes it an interesting destination for travelers looking for cultural experiences. In addition to its rich cultural heritage, Indonesia also has some spectacular natural landscapes such as Bali with its lush green rainforests and stunning beaches.
As of 2023, the latest population of Singapore is 6,209,660, based on our calculation of the current data from UN (United Nations).
|Population growth rate||1.73%|
|Birth rate||8.60 births per 1,000 people|
|Overall life expectancy||84.07 years|
|Men life expectancy||81.67 years|
|Women life expectancy||86.64 years|
|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|
|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.