Singapore is a secular state and the government works for harmony between followers of different religions. As long as religion does not challenge the state, it is regarded as a positive counterbalance to Western influence with its, according to the rulers, extreme individualism and lack of discipline.
Instead, the government is trying to promote Chinese wisdom, Confucianism, with emphasis on virtues such as diligence and obedience to the authorities.
Most Chinese are followers of traditional Chinese religion that mixes elements of Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism, but which is also expressed in the worship of ancestors and spirits. A smaller number of Chinese and immigrants from Sri Lanka are Buddhists in the more traditional sense. There is also a significant group of Christians among the Chinese.
The Indians are also divided into several religions. Just over half of them are Hindus, a quarter are Muslims and the rest are mainly Sikhs or Christians. Almost all the Malays are all Muslims.
The government has expressed some concern that fundamentalist Islamic currents around the world should spread to Singapore and have political repercussions. Christian mission has also worried the state power that cuts down on everything that is considered to interfere with the harmony between the peoples. The Christian community of Jehovah’s Witnesses is banned because of adherents’ refusal to do military service.
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Since the middle of the 20th century, the population of Singapore has risen sharply. Between 1985 and 1995 it grew by an average of 1.8% per year. Since 1966, however, population growth has been kept within limits by targeted government measures for family planning. Singapore is still one of the most densely populated countries in the world. More than 6,000 residents currently live here on one square kilometer.
In individual residential districts of the city, however, a population density of up to 200,000 residents / km² is not uncommon. Despite the high population density, the country is still accepting immigrants to counteract the labor shortage. Singapore is one of the wealthiest countries in the world and has a very high standard of living but taking into account the low cost of living.
Its social system is considered to be the best in all of Asia:
For example, all children can go to school even though there is no compulsory education. Attending the nine-year basic training is also free of charge. The proportion of young people attending a secondary school has also risen from 43% to over 90% in recent years.
Singapore is one of the safest countries in the world. Criminal offenses and especially drug offenses are consistently prosecuted and severely punished in Singapore. For example, drug trafficking carries the death penalty.