Religion in Singapore

Religion in Singapore (census 2020)[1][2][3]

  Buddhism (31.1%)
  No religion (20.0%)
  Islam (15.6%)
  Catholicism (7.0%)
  Hinduism (5.0%)
  Sikhism and other religions (0.6%)

Religion in Singapore is characterised by a wide variety of religious beliefs and practices due to its diverse ethnic mix of peoples originating from various countries. This means that Singapore is commonly termed as a "melting pot" of various religious practices originating from different religious denominations around the world. Most major religious denominations are present in Singapore, with the Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore (IRO) recognising 10 major religions in the city state.[4] A 2014 analysis by the Pew Research Center found Singapore to be the world's most religiously diverse nation.[5]

The most followed religion in Singapore is Buddhism, with 31.1% of the resident population declaring themselves as adherents at the most recent census (2020). A large majority of Buddhist in Singapore are Chinese, with 40.4% of the ethnic Chinese population in Singapore declaring themselves as Buddhists at the most recent census (2020). However, there are also sizeable numbers of non-Chinese ethnic groups in Singapore that practice Buddhism, such as the Sinhalese, Burmese and Thais.[citation needed] People with no religious affiliation forms the second largest group and constitute 20% of the population in the 2020 census, up from 17% in 2010 census. Up to a quarter (24%) of people between 15 to 24 are irreligious. Islam is followed mainly by Malays, though there are also many Indians adhering to it, and Hinduism is followed mainly by the Indians.[1]

  1. ^ a b Cite error: The named reference 2020Religion was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ "Census of Population 2020: Religion" (PDF). Department of Statistics Singapore. 16 June 2021. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Singapore". CIA World Factbook. Retrieved 6 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Introducing Singapore's IRO – Inter-Religious Organisation". Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Global Religious Diversity". Pew Research. 4 April 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014.

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