Singapore

By Christian Durtschi

Basic Facts

- Population - 4.68 million

- Located in the heart of Southeast Asia

- Very Diverse

- 76% Chinese, 14% Malays, and 8% Indian

- Parliamentary democracy

- Singapore has one of the busiest harbors in the world, and has established itself as a financial and commercial center in Asia.

- Hot tropical climate

Culture

- Singapore is a very diverse country which includes people who come from a Malay, Chinese, Indian, and European background

- Singapore was once a fishing village but has developed into something much greater

- Was originally dived into several ethnic areas

- Trace of each individual culture remain in specific areas of Singapore

- Singapore has always had a very vibrant and exciting musical past and is also very important to the people

Religion

- Wide variety of practices depending on background and individual choice

- The Chinese population has a large number of Buddhists, Christians, and Catholics

- The Indian population is mainly Hindus

- The Malay population is mainly Muslim

Education

- Much different than here in the US

- School year is divided into two semesters.

- 1st semester beginning in January and ending in May and 2nd semester begins in July and ends in November

- Primary school starts at age 6 and ends around age 11 or 12

- Students must take and pass the Primary School Leaving Exam (PSLE) in order to move on to secondary school.

- The PSLE determines the “Stream” or “Track” based on results and students can be put into express or special secondary schools

- Secondary schools typically end at age 16 or 17

Food

- Singapore is known for being one of the biggest global food capitals

- Legendary for its diverse, rich, and use of creativity in its cuisine

- One of the major reasons tourists visit Singapore is for the food

- Oysters, squid, clams, crab, and stingray are very popular dishes

- Singapore offers Indian, Chinese, French, Thai, Spanish, Italian, and Indonesian food

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