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Nationalities of Singapore

Singapore is a multi-ethnic society with residents categorized into four main racial groups: Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Others. Learn more about the various communities, including the minorities, that add to the vibrancy of Singapore’s culture below!

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Chinese

Forms the largest ethnic group in Singapore. It all started with the Chinese migrants who came here to join the workforce & labour in the 19th & early 20th centuries.

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Malay

Recognized as the indigenous peoples of Singapore, making them a symbolic community. The Malay language is also Singapore’s national language.

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Indian

Most Indians in Singapore are likely descendants of early settlers from India

who worked as traders or labourers.

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Eurasian

One of Singapore’s earliest residents, the community is a small but influential ethnic group. In the early days, many of them held white-collar jobs.

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Peranakan

Peranakans usually have a mixed Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage. They are most famous for their cuisine which is commonly termed as Nonya cuisine.

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Jewish

A significant minority population in Singapore. A number of Singapore’s historical figures were Jews which contributed greatly to the country’s growth & development.

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