Singaporean Culture

Religion

Singaporeans are relatively spiritual people. A survey conducted by Gallup Poll showed that 70% see religion to be particularly important to their daily lives.

The 2010 Census showed that 33.9% of Singaporeans are Buddhist, 18.1% are Christian (with 7.1% being Catholic), 14.3% are Muslim, 11.3% are Taoist, 5.2% are Hindu and 0.7% belong to a different religion. Additionally, 16.4% of all Singaporeans do not affiliate with a religion.

The 2011 Australian Census showed that of the Singapore-born population in Australia, 20.3% were Catholic Christian, 10.8% were Buddhist, 7.5% were Anglican Christian and 41.3% affiliated with some other denomination or religion. 20.1% of Singaporeans living in Australia did not identify with a religion.

Religious orientations in Singapore largely correlate with people’s ethnicities. Most Malays are Muslim, Indians are generally Hindu (though some are Muslim, Christian or Sikh) and Chinese Singaporeans are largely Buddhist, Taoist or Christian. Some Singaporeans (mostly Chinese Singaporeans) consider themselves affiliated with more than one faith, as Confucianism and Taoism can coincide with other world religions (such as Buddhism).

The younger generations of Singapore tend to blend the older traditions of their religions into more contemporary practices to realistically suit the modern world.
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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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