Singaporean Culture

Do's and Don'ts

Do’s
  • Present yourself in a clean and well-dressed manner and make sure to tidy up after yourself. Be mindful of the mess or disorganisation you may have left in a room.
  • Make an effort to keep discussion harmonious and balanced. Avoid dominating conversation and allow space for others to speak up.
  • Express flattery when it is due as this will give face, however always do so with sincerity or the person may lose face instead.
  • It is important to ask questions in several ways in order to have a sure understanding of a vague response.
  • Always demonstrate patience, calmness and politeness.

Do not’s
  • Avoid asking Eurasians about their racial make up as they may find this insensitive.
  • Avoid directly criticising someone, pointing out their mistakes or giving insincere compliments as these are all actions that cause a Singaporean to lose face.
  • Avoid publicly displaying signs of anger, raising your voice or shouting as this will cause you to lose face in a Singaporean's eyes.
  • Try to abstain from interrupting or ‘filling in’ the silence during conversation.
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Singapore
  • Population
    5,781,728
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Mandarin (36.3%)
    English (29.8%) (second language to most)
    Malay (11.9%)
    Hokkien (8.1%)
    Tamil (4.4%)
    Cantonese (4.1%)
    Teochew (3.2%)
    Other (3.4%)
    [2010 est.]
  • Religions
    Buddhism (33.9%)
    No Religion (16.4%)
    Islam (14.3%)
    Taoism (11.3%)
    Catholic Christianity (7.1%)
    Hinduism (5.2%)
    Christianity [ndf] (11%)
    Other (0.7%)
    [2010 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    Chinese (74.2%)
    Malay (13.3%)
    Indian (9.2%)
    Other (3.3%)
    [2016 est.]
  • Cultural Dimensions
    74
    20
    48
    8
    72
    46
  • Australians with Singaporean Ancestry
    8,389 [2016 census]
Singaporeans in Australia
  • Population
    54,939
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Singapore.
  • Average Age
    36
  • Gender
    Female (54.6%)
    Male (45.4%)
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (20.3%)
    No Religion (20.1%)
    Buddhism (10.8%)
    Anglican Christianity (7.5%)
    Other (41.3%)
  • Ancestry
    Chinese (49.2%)
    Indian (8.4%)
    English (8.4%)
    Singaporean (6.3%)
    Other (27.7%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    English (48.3%)
    Mandarin (27.7%)
    Cantonese (7.7%)
    Malay (5.8%)
    Other (10.5%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 95.8% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    Western Australia (28.7%)
    Victoria (28.2%)
    New South Wales (23.1%)
    Queensland (12.3%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (49.2%)
    2001-2006 (21.9%)
    2007-2011 (25.3%)
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