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I've noticed quite a few around but we don't really know each other, which is a pity.
Republic of Singapore
683 sq km
264 sq miles
GMT/UTC +8 (Standard Time)
English is widespread. Children are taught in English at school but also learn their mother tongue to make sure they don't lose contact with their traditions. The only communication problem English-speakers are likely to have in Singapore is with older Singaporeans who did not learn English at school, though trying to understand the unique patois called Singlish - which uses a clipped form of English mixed with Malay and Hokkien words - can be taxing.
Mostly restricted to the Malay community.
Chinese dialects, such as Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese, Hainanese and Hakka, are still widely spoken. The government's long-standing campaign to promote Mandarin has been very successful and increasing numbers of Chinese now speak Mandarin at home.
Tamil is the main Indian language, though Malayalam and Hindi are also spoken.
42% Buddhist, 15% Muslim, 14% Christian, 9% Taoist, 4% Hindu