Singapore is a city-state in South Asia. It consists of one main island and 54 smaller islands south of Peninsular Malaysia. The water surrounding the islands helps to moderate the temperature.
Population: 5.7 million
Ethnic Groups: Chinese (74.3%), Malay (13.4%), Indian (9.1%), Other (3.2%)
Languages: Mandarin (Official) (36.3%), English (Official) (29.8%), Malay (Official) (11.9%), Hokkien (8.1%), Cantonese (4.1%), Tamil (Official) (3.2%), Teochew (3.2%), other Indian languages (1.2%), other Chinese dialects (1.1%), Other (1.1%)
Religions: Buddhist (33.9%), Muslim (14.3%), Taoist (11.3%), Catholic (7.1%), Hindu (5.2%), other Christian (11%), Other (0.7%), None (16.4%) (2010 est.)
CIA: The World Factbook - Last Updated July 12, 2017
In Canada: 2,845
In the GTA: 1,070
In Toronto: 560
Singapore, which became independent in 1965, is known as the cleanest and greenest city in Asia. Its strategic position, large port, and export-dependent economy has made it one of the world's great commercial centres. Its booming economy has led to a higher standard of living for its citizens, but also a rise in materialism. There is freedom of religion in Singapore. Religious harmony is one of the government's priorities, as there are people of many different religious backgrounds living in Singapore.