Singapore’s resident ethnic makeup predominantly comprises the Chinese, Malay, Indian, Eurasian and Peranakan communities. These ethnicities have their own mother tongues that most Singaporeans still speak today; yet we aren’t divided by them. In fact, these languages have coalesced into the local lingo of Singlish—besides English, Singlish is the other main language we use with our friends, family and even co-workers.

Population: (in 2020) 5,850,342

Ethnic Groups: Malays, Singaporeans, Chinese Singaporeans, Malay Singaporeans, Eurasians, Jawi Peranakan, Filipino, Orang Laut, Singapore Tamils, Peranakans, Indian, Arab Singaporeans, Tamil diaspora, Orang Seletar, Chitty, Malaysian Indians, Japanese, Sri Lankans, Nepalis, Pakistanis, Thais, Hoklo, Hakka, Fuzhou, Cantonese, Kristang

Official languages: English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil

Other Languages: Bahasa Indonesian, Arabic, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Singlish