Singapore Demographics

What is the population of Singapore?

Population 6,209,660
Population Growth Rate 1.96%
Urban Population 100%
Nationality Noun Singaporean(s)
Nationality Adjective Singapore
Ethnic Groups Chinese 76.7%, Malay 14%, Indian 7.9%, other 1.4%
Languages Spoken Chinese (official), Malay (official and national), Tamil (official), English (official)

Singapore Health Information

What are the health conditions in Singapore?

Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 3.41
Drinking Water Source - percent of urban population improved 100%
Health Expenditures - percent of GDP 4.6%
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate 0.1%
HIV/Aids Deaths 90
Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population 2.7
Infant Mortality Rate - female deaths/1,000 live births 2.44
Infant Mortality Rate - male deaths/1,000 live births 2.73
Infant Mortality Rate - total deaths/1,000 live births 2.59
Maternal Mortality Rate - deaths/100,000 live births 3
Mean Age for Mother's First Birth 29.4
Obesity - adult prevalence rate 7.1%
People Living with HIV/AIDS 3,400
Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population 1.92
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of urban population improved 100%
Sanitation Facitlity Access - percent of rural population improved 100%
Total Fertility Rate - children born/woman .79
Underweight - percent of children under five years 3.3%

Singapore Life Expectancy

How long do people live in Singapore?

Life Expectancy at Birth 84 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - female 86 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - male 81 Years
Median Age 33 Years
Median Age - female 33 Years
Median Age - male 33 Years

Singapore Infant Mortality - per 1,000 live births

Singapore median age, birth rate and death rates

Birth Rate - births/1,000 population 8
Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 3.41
Median Age 33 Years
Median Age - female 33 Years
Median Age - male 33 Years
Net Migration Rate - migrant(s)/1,000 population 15.08
Population Growth Rate 1.96%
Sex Ratio 0-14 Years - male/female 1.05
Sex Ratio 15-24 Years - male/female .97
Sex Ratio 25-54 Years - male/female .95
Sex Ratio 55-64 Years - male/female .96
Sex Ratio at Birth - male/female 1.07
Sex Ratio of Total Population - male/female .96
Sex Ratio Over 64 Years - male/female .82

Singapore Medical Information

What are the health conditions in Singapore?

Medical Facilities and Health Information

Good medical care is widely available in Singapore. Doctors and hospitals expect immediate payment for health services by credit card or cash and generally do not accept U.S. health insurance. Hospitals may require a substantial deposit before admitting you into the hospital for any major medical treatment. The U.S. Embassy cannot provide a letter of guarantee for payment. Recipients of health care should be aware that Ministry of Health auditors in certain circumstances may be granted access to patient medical records without the consent of the patient, and in certain circumstances physicians may be required to provide information relating to the diagnosis or treatment without the patient's consent.

Despite vigorous mosquito eradication efforts, Singapore has had occasional outbreaks of mosquito-transmitted illnesses, such as dengue fever and the viral disease Chikungunya. For the most current health information regarding disease outbreaks in Singapore, visit the CDC’s website.

If you visit Singapore during a pandemic such as the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, you should expect that the Singapore government may order you to quarantine if you exhibit symptoms or have had contact with someone who has exhibited symptoms. Also, you should expect that you may be subject to quarantine if you were seated within several rows of a potentially infected person on a plane or public area or have recently traveled to countries more affected by the pandemic. You should also expect to encounter screening in public facilities such as the airport, hospitals, and museums. Please visit Singapore's Ministry of Health website for the most up-to-date information on infectious diseases in Singapore.

During the summer months, Singapore frequently experiences haze and air pollution caused by forest fires and the burning of agricultural waste in neighboring countries. Air pollution during these periods can reach levels considered hazardous to health. Please visit the website of Singapore’s National Environment Agency for the latest information on air pollution level.

Singapore Education

What is school like in Singapore?

Education Expenditures - percent of GDP 3%
Literacy - female 88.6%
Literacy - male 96.6%
Literacy - total population 92.5%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write

Singapore Literacy

Can people in Singapore read?

Literacy - female 88.6%
Literacy - male 96.6%
Literacy - total population 92.5%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write
Predominant Language Chinese (official), Malay (official and national), Tamil (official), English (official)

Singapore Crime

Is Singapore a safe place to visit?

Crime Information

The crime rate in Singapore is generally low. Even so, you should exercise caution when in congested areas and pay particular attention to personal belongings while in crowded shopping malls and markets, at the airport, and while traveling on public transportation. To avoid falling victim to credit card fraud, you should not carry multiple credit cards on your person, not allow credit cards to be removed from your sight, avoid giving credit card information over the phone, and use only secure Internet connections for financial transactions.

Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, as not only are the bootlegs illegal in the United States, if you purchase them, you may also be breaking local law.

Singapore Penalties for Crime

Criminal Penalties

Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different from our own. While you are traveling in Singapore, you are subject to its laws even if you are a U.S. citizen. If you break local laws in Singapore, your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution. It’s very important to know what’s legal and what’s not in Singapore. In Singapore, you may be taken in for questioning if you don’t have your passport with you. Driving under the influence could land you immediately in jail. In Singapore, you can be arrested for jaywalking, littering, or spitting. Commercial disputes that may be handled as civil suits in the United States can escalate to criminal cases in Singapore and may result in heavy fines and prison sentences. There are also some things that might be legal in Singapore but still illegal in the United States. You can be prosecuted under U.S. law if you buy pirated goods. Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime prosecutable in the United States.

Mandatory Caning Sentences: Singapore has a mandatory caning sentence for vandalism offenses. Authorities in Singapore may also impose caning for immigration violations and other offenses. Singaporean authorities do impose these sentences on foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens. Males over the age of 50 and women are not subject to caning.

Mandatory Death Penalty for Many Narcotics Offenses: Singapore police have the authority to compel both residents and non-residents to submit to random drug analysis. They do not distinguish between drugs consumed before or after entering Singapore in applying local laws. In Singapore, detained U.S. citizens have been surprised when they were arrested for violations that would not have resulted in arrest in the United States.

There are no jury trials in Singapore. Judges hear cases and decide sentencing. The Government of Singapore does not provide legal assistance except in capital cases; legal assistance may be available in some other cases through the Law Society.

Carrying Firearms: There are very strict penalties for those who possess or carry arms, or who commit crimes with arms. Singaporean authorities define “arm” as any firearm, air-gun, air-pistol, automatic gun, automatic pistol, and any other kind of gun or pistol from which any shot, bullet, or other projectiles can be discharged or from which noxious liquid, flame, or fumes can be emitted, and any component thereof. This definition also includes any bomb or grenade and any component thereof. The unlawful possession of any arm or ammunition, including a single bullet in your luggage as you transit the airport, could result in imprisonment and caning. If you are convicted of committing a crime with an arm, you could receive punishment which could result in the maximum penalty of imprisonment for life and caning.

Engaging in sexual conduct: In Singapore, local law prohibits causing or encouraging prostitution of, or engaging in sexual relations with, a female below the age of 18. An indecent assault against anyone, male or female, regardless of age, is also prohibited. If you are convicted of facilitating or abetting the prostitution of any woman or girl, you could be sentenced to imprisonment of up to five years and a fine, or both. If the crime involves a female below the age of 16, you face an additional charge carrying a possible sentence of imprisonment of up to three years and a fine, or both.

Singapore enforces strict laws pertaining to the propriety of behavior between people and the modesty of individuals. The Singaporean law “Outrage of Modesty” is defined as an assault or use of criminal force on any person with the intent to, or the knowledge that it may, outrage the modesty of that person. Penalties may include imprisonment for up to two years, a fine, caning, or a combination thereof. Men are sometimes accused of inappropriately touching other people, often women, resulting in their prosecution and punishment under this Singaporean law. Scams involving a claim of outrage of modesty are thought to exist, and male travelers should be very cautious when frequenting popular nightspots.

Arrest notifications in Singapore: If you are arrested in Singapore, authorities of Singapore are required to notify the U.S. Embassy of your arrest. If you are concerned the Embassy may not be aware of your situation, you should request the police or prison officials to notify the Embassy of your arrest.

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