Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a South east Asian island city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, 137 kilometres north of the equator.

Dialing code: 65

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Population: 5.184 million (2011) World Bank

Official languages: English , Malay, Tamil, Standard Mandarin

Republic of Singapore is a Southeast Asian island city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, 137 kilometers (85 mi) north of the equator. An island country made up of 63 islands, it is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to its north and from Indonesia’s Riau Islands by the Singapore Strait to its south. The country is highly urbanized with very little primary rainforest remaining, although more land is being created for development through land reclamation.

Singapore is the world’s fourth-leading financial center, and its port is one of the five busiest ports in the world. The economy depends heavily on exports and refining imported goods, especially in manufacturing, which constituted 26% of Singapore’s GDP in 2005. In terms of purchasing power parity, Singapore has the third-highest per capita income in the world.

About Indians in Singapore:

As Singapore’s third largest ethnic group the Indians form 9.2% of Singapore population. Singapore today enjoys the distinction of one of the largest overseas Indian population compared to other cities. Most Indians migrated after 1819 and while the earlier migrants included a transient lot of workers, soldiers the community has settled down by the Mid 20th century. Singapore provides a home to almost all major Indian Ethnic groups, the largest percentage of the Indian population in the country originates from South India.58% of Singapore’s Indian ethnic residents comprise of people from Tamil ancestry . The rest form a mix of Punjabis, Sikhs, Guajarati’s & Marwari’s.

55% of Singapore’s Indians are Hindus and there are approximately 30 Hindu temples in the country. Two of them are gazetted as National monuments of Singapore.

Places of Importance & Interest as an Indian: