Singaporean Culture

Religion

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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.
Singapore
  • Population
    5,517,102
    0.08% of World Population
  • 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%)
  • 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%)
  • Ethnicities
    Chinese (74.2%)
    Malay (13.3%)
    Indian (9.2%)
    Other (3.3%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (61.08%)
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 74
    Individualism 20
    Masculinity 48
    Uncertainty Avoidance 8
    Long Term Orientation 72
    Indulgence 46
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  • Australians with Singaporean Ancestry
    390,894
Singaporeans in Australia
  • Population
    48,646
  • 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%)
  • Languages
    English (48.3%)
    Mandarin (27.7%)
    Cantonese (7.7%)
    Malay (5.8%)
    Other (10.5%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (95.8%)
    Not well (3.1%)
  • 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%)
Where do we get our statistics?
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