Indians in Singapore

Singapore, the lion city is a multicultural country filled with people from various parts of the world. They are very famous for their multi cuisines and nightlife. It is the hub for a lot of MNCs in the world.
The presence of Indians in Singapore can be dated back to 19th century when India and Singapore was under the British colonial rule. The British brought Indians to Singapore in order to strengthen their work force. From the 19th century the population of Indians in Singapore has been in a slow and steady rise from being 7% of the population to the present value of 9% of the total population [2018]. There are four official languages in Singapore: Malay, English, Mandarin and Tamil. Malay is the national language while English is the main working language. Religions include Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism, Hinduism, amongst others.
Population Profile of Singapore Indian Dialect Groups
Ethno-linguistic background Ancestral home 2010 census Percentage
Tamil Tamil Nadu
Sri Lanka
188,591 54.18%
Malayali Kerala
26,348 7.57%
Punjabi Punjab 18,624 5.35%
Gujarati Gujarat 4,124 1.18%
Sindhi Sindh 3,971 1.14%
Sinhalese Sri Lanka 3,140 0.90%
Indo-Portuguese (Kristang)
Other or Mixed
Andhra Pradesh
103,321 29.68%
Total 348,119 100%

Fun Facts about Singapore

  • Although the name Singapore means “the lion city” there are no lions present in Singapore.
  • You can find the national anthem in microtext on the back of the $1000 note.
  • Singapore is one of the three last surviving city-states.
  • Singapore is the only country in the history of the modern world to gain independence against its own will.
  • It is illegal to not flush the toilet in Singapore. For failing to flush, you will be fined $150, and police officers have been known to check.
  • Singapore is the only country on earth whose citizens don’t need a Visa to enter North Korea, South Korea, China or the United States.
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