Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a southeast Asian city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, 137 kilometres 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 urbanised with very little primary rainforest remaining, although more land is being created for development through land reclamation.
In terms of purchasing power parity, Singapore has the third highest per capita income in the world. There are slightly over 5 million people in Singapore, of which 2.91 million were born locally. The population is highly diverse; the majority are Chinese, with Malays and Indians forming significant minorities. Reflecting this diversity, the country has four official languages: English, Chinese, Malay, and Tamil. One of the five founding members of the Association of South East Asian Nations, the country is also the host of the APEC Secretariat, and a member of the East Asia Summit, the Non-Aligned Movement, and the Commonwealth.
Buddhism is the most widely practised religion in Singapore, with 33% of the resident population declaring themselves adherents at the most recent census. The next most practised religion is Christianity, followed by Islam, Taoism and Hinduism. 17% of the population did not have a religious affiliation. The proportion of Christians, Taoists and non-religious people increased between 2000 and 2010 by about 3% each, whilst the proportion of Buddhists decreased. Other faiths remained largely stable in their share of the population.
This post is part of the Mellow Yellow Monday meme,
and also part of the Mandarin Orange Monday meme.
i love the diversity of Singapore--such vivid colors yet they all blend well together. fabulous street shots!ReplyDelete
wishing you all the best in 2013!
Great capture!! Love it very interesting. Thanks for sharingReplyDelete
Have a prosperous New Year!
Such a colourful place.ReplyDelete
Sydney - City and Suburbs
Loved the street photos.ReplyDelete
Love all the color in these photos! Happy New Year.ReplyDelete
Love the festive, fun colors. I especially liked the image of the Ho Tei statue.ReplyDelete
my mellow yellows: Sunrise
Wow! Lots of yellow and colors in excellent photography ~ looks very festive ~ ^_^ReplyDelete
(A Creative Harbor aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^)
How festive. Beautiful pics. Happy New Year!ReplyDelete