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: 5.4 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Chinese (74.2%), Malay (13.3%), Indian (9.2%), other (3.3%)
Languages: Mandarin (official) (36.3%), English (official) (29.8%), Malay (official) (11.9%), Hokkien (8.1%), Tamil (official) (4.4%), Cantonese (4.1%), Teochew (3.2%), other Indian languages (1.2%), other Chinese dialects (1.1%), other (1.1%)
Religions: Buddhist (33.3%), Muslim (14.7%), Taoist (10.9%), Catholic (7.1%), Hindu (5.1%), other Christian (11%), other (0.7%), none (17%) (2010 est.)
SINGAPOREANS IN TORONTO
In Canada: 1,390
In the GTA: 510
In the City of Toronto: 210
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.
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